Any student or employee who reports being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking will be provided a written explanation of the rights and options for victims (to notify or decline notifying law enforcement as well as availability of existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available on campus or in the community). Information will be provided on how the University will protect the confidentiality of victims.
Domestic Violence Victims
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are urged to notify the Dean of Student Services at 768-1713 for support, counseling and options to notify law enforcement and receive information regarding orders of protection. Victims have the option to decline reporting. You may also choose to contact the IRIS Domestic Violence Center at 389-3001 or toll free at 1-800-541-9706.
General Characteristics of Rape
The potential for stranger rape is a problem on college/university campuses. The concentration of buildings, parking lots and people create characteristics similar to the downtown area of a small- to medium-size city. Many students (and staff) ignore this potential because these conditions are counteracted by a false sense of security stemming from a familiarity with the surroundings and a long-standing belief that college campuses are sanctuaries untouched by the social problems present in the rest of society. Everyone should practice protective behaviors such as not walking alone, parking in well lighted areas, not propping doors open, etc.
What You Should Do As A Rape Survivor
Many survivors of sexual assault don’t know where to turn for help or what to do. You may be afraid or ashamed to talk to anybody; you may try to act as though nothing has happened. If you’ve been assaulted, you have the following options. If you choose to utilize these options, you should do so in the order listed.
Get medical attention. Even if you do not want to report this to the police, you may have injuries or have been exposed to diseases of which you are not aware. Report to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
Victims of sexual offenses have the option to decline reporting. If you choose to report the sexual assault:
On campus disciplinary actions in cases of alleged sexual offense include the following (from Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights):
Sanctions imposed by the University for rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses (forcible or non-forcible) following an on-campus disciplinary procedure may include disciplinary dismissal. (See Student Handbook)
Appeal process-See Student Handbook procedure for victim or abuser to appeal the results.