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 SEXUAL ASSAULT, DATING/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & STALKING PROCEDURE 

 

SPOTLIGHT

     SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

SEXUAL ASSAULT, INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE & STALKING PROCEDURE

Slippery Rock University prohibits sexual assault, interpersonal violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.  Anyone can be a victim regardless of age, sex, race or sexual orientation. The acts described below can be committed by a stranger or by someone you know: a classmate, friend, date, etc. According to the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, a sex offense is defined as “either a forcible or non-forcible sexual act directed against another person, against that person’s will, or where the victim is incapable of giving consent, and may include rape”. The Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook identifies aggravated assault (an element in interpersonal violence) as “An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.” Additionally, 18 Pa. C.S. § 2709.1 (2003) defines stalking as engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another person, including following the person without proper authority, under circumstances which demonstrate either an intent to place such other person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or to cause substantial emotional distress to such other person.  

Procedures

An individual who experiences of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking should:

1.  Contact University Police

The University Police department is located on Keister Road and can be reached by calling 724.738.3333. University Police officers will make all efforts to investigate campus crime within the scope of the law and will provide support and referral options. Persons who have experienced violence should be encouraged to preserve all physical evidence regardless of whether or not they will press charges. Choosing not to press charges immediately does not prohibit one from doing so in the future, and physical evidence will be important to their case. University Police will honor all protection and no contact orders as directed by law. A copy of the order is to be provided to University Police, to be kept on file. Students not residing on campus may need to work with Slippery Rock Borough Police (724-794-6388) or PA State Police (724-284-8100). In off-campus cases requiring urgent measures individuals should contact the local emergency operating center at 911.

2. Seek medical attention

Medical attention is important for someone who has experienced physical or sexual assault. Student Health Services (SHS) is located in Rhoads Hall and is accessible to students 24/7. When a student reports sexual or physical assault to SHS the practitioner will assess physical injuries, provide prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and offer transportation to local hospitals for an exam to collect evidence. As part of their protocol, SHS will contact a specially trained advocate to talk with the student who experienced interpersonal violence. The student has the right to refuse an advocate, but most find the involvement of a highly trained support person to be essential to their recovery. SHS also has the ability to provide temporary safe housing for students who do not feel safe returning to their place of residence. Contact SHS at 724-738-2052.

3. Seek emotional support

A strong support system, including family, friends, advocates, and counselors, is beneficial to students who experienced sexual assault, interpersonal violence and/or stalking. SRU’s Women’s Center (724-738-2121) will talk with a student about the dynamics of her/his experience based on her/his current situation. Staff will provide referrals to the appropriate on and off campus services, explain the procedures of other reporting offices, assist with safety planning, and follow up to see if there are any additional questions/concerns. The Bridge Project works closely with Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe). VOICe provides legal and medical accompaniment, emotional support and a 24-hour hotline: 1-800-400-8551. SRU Student Counseling Services (724-738-2034), located in Rhoads Hall provides counseling, support services and referral information to students. Individuals are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with a counselor in advance of arriving at the center. All services listed are free and confidential. Student information may not be released to a third party without a signed release of information (some rare exceptions exist as required by law).

4. Consider on-campus disciplinary action.

A student who experiences sexual assault, interpersonal violence and/or stalking may request that university disciplinary procedures are initiated against the accused student. The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is responsible for implementing the Student Code of Conduct. Reports made to this office are not criminal charges. The standard proof used in all conduct hearings is a preponderance of the evidence.  Once a complaint has been made, OSC staff will gather information about the complaint and prepare for a hearing. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for more detailed information about the process.  On campus hearings typically occur in a timely fashion. Hearing board members receive annual training on the conduct process and issues particular to sexual assault, dating violence and domestic violence.  A no-contact or no-trespass notice can be given to the accused student if there is concern for safety. Once issued, a no-contact notice prohibits any contact, including electronic contact, between the accuser and the accused. Possible disciplinary sanctions for sexual assault, interpersonal violence and/stalking include, but are not limited to, removal from on campus housing; suspension from the university; and dismissal from the university. Information concerning the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding will be made available to the complainant. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the release of this information to persons not directly involved in the incident in question.

 

Academic and Living Arrangements

Academic Schedule

The Director of the Office for Student Intervention Services can assist students who have experienced violence and are concerned for their safety in the classroom. Students also have the option of contacting the academic dean.

        Campus Living Arrangements

The Director of the Office for Student Intervention Services can assist students who have experienced violence and are concerned for their safety in on-campus housing. Students also have the option of contacting the Assistant Vice President of Student Development.

Educational Programs

The university is committed to providing educational outreach to students, faculty and staff to increase awareness of sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking, and to encourage behaviors that reduce the incidents of these crimes. On an annual basis the Women’s Center provides educational presentations to incoming students, training workshops for faculty and staff, guest lecturers in academic classes, and community awareness events.

All incoming students, including transfer and graduate students, are enrolled in “Interpersonal Violence Awareness” program in D2L.  This is done near the start of the fall and spring semesters.  A mass email is sent to all enrolled students, which explains the nature of the Interpersonal Violence Awareness program and instructions on how to sign on to it in D2L.  

FYRST Seminar faculty are especially helpful in spreading the word to first-year students in the fall semester.  There is no comparable vehicle to encourage compliance in the spring semester. Compliance is monitored over ten weeks of each semester.  A follow-up email is sent to non-compliant students encouraging them to complete the program.  There is no consequence for non-compliance.

Interpersonal violence is a topic addressed during move-in activities in the fall semester.  The delivery method varies; a most recent example is collaboration among the Women’s Center, Student Health Services, and Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.  Peer leaders were trained to facilitate small group sessions on bystander intervention.   

A majority of FYRST Seminar faculty invite the Women’s Center into their classes to present information about interpersonal violence.  Additionally, faculty in a variety of disciplines request similar presentations.

Throughout the academic year the Women’s Center offers events and programs, which focus on interpersonal violence.  September is “Campus Safety”, October is “Dating Violence Awareness”, January is “Stalking Awareness”, and April is “Sexual Assault Awareness”, though every month there are several programs addressing interpersonal violence.  For more information on programs and events contact the Women’s Center at 724-738-2992

Self defense workshops are available to groups by contacting University Police at 724-738-3333 or VOICe at 724-776-5910 

Statement of Rights 

Rights of the Victim & the Alleged Perpetrator:

The right to an investigation and response to complaints made in good faith to the university administration.

· The right to be treated with respect.

 The right to have one other person present (in support or advisory roles) during a campus disciplinary hearing dealing with issues of Violence.

· The right to be informed of the outcome and sanction of any disciplinary hearing you are involved in, when the offense involves violence.

· The right to be fully informed of campus judicial and law enforcement rules and procedures as well as the nature and extent of all charges contained within the complaint

· The right to have their personal information treated with sensitivity throughout the process.  While all offices are cognizant of the importance of confidentiality within the limits of the process, only licensed professionals acting within the scope of their license and whose University job it is to perform such services, may legally maintain confidently.

· The right to appeal the finding and sanction of the judicial body, in accordance with the standard for appeal established by the university.

· Right to be informed simultaneously, in writing of: 

1.       The outcome of any disciplinary proceeding that arises from an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;

2.       The university’s procedures for the accused and the victim to appeal the results of the disciplinary proceeding;

3.       Of any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final; and

4.      When such results become final.

                · The right to be protected from retaliation for making allegations of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Rights specific to the victim:

· The right to report an allegation and have all reported allegations treated with seriousness.

· The right to be notified of available counseling, mental health or student services for victims of violent crimes, both on and off campus.

· The right to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including local police, and the option to be assisted in notifying appropriate authorities (in addition to campus disciplinary measures).

· The right to have your complaints responded to quickly and with sensitivity by campus law enforcement and/or judicial programs.

· The right to choose the manner in which the case will be pursued.

· The right to request campus no trespass order against another student who has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing or other improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the complaining student or others pending further resolution.

· The right to request a change in housing ,work study or class arrangements after an alleged incident, providing that the request is reasonable.

· The right to be present and hear all testimony and evidence related to disciplinary charges (crime of violence victims only).

· The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus hearing.

· The right to provide a victim’s impact statement at the campus judicial proceeding and to have that statement considered by the board.

Rights specific to the accused student:

· The right to request to review information regarding the complaint, subject to the confidentiality limitations imposed by state and federal law.

· The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses who will be called to give testimony (this does not include the names of the alleged victim/complainant and witnesses, which will always be revealed).

The following information will be provided to all potential victims in writing as part of the initial processing of the individual’s information:

Title IX Coordinator – 724-738-2016

The university’s Title IX Coordinator meets with students with questions, concerns, or complaints related to Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Title IX also protects all students from unlawful sexual harassment, including sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking in school programs and activities. Sexual violence means physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent.  A number service at Slippery Rock University is available for students and the community. This list of services is extensive and as complete as possible; however, new services are frequently being developed to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.  If at any time students or other members of the SRU community have any questions, require assistance obtaining services or believe that their needs are not being appropriately served by the university, please, do not hesitate to contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Student Intervention Services - 724-738-2507
Student Intervention Services is located in Old Main; they provide support for students and aide in the management and coordination of care for students of concern. Student Intervention Services can organize and streamline the process for the student to ensure all available resources are extended. Often, there are many different services that can assist the student, a few of which being the filing of "No Contact" or "No Trespass" orders.

Student Health Services - 724-738-2052The Student Health Center is located in Rhoads Hall; they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the academic year and can alternatively serve as a safe haven if you ever feel unsafe in your current situation. In addition to providing free medical care to students, the health center can also place you in contact with various community services such as CCR (Center for Community Resources - Behavioral Health Crisis Intervention Services: counseling, assessment, and screening), and VOICe (Victim Outreach Intervention Center - Service for violent crimes and abuse).

The Women's Center - 724-738-2992
The Women's Center is located in 249 Robert M. Smith Student Center, they provide educational information about response to crimes of violence and support services to those who have experienced violence. It is very important to note that the Women's Center also provides assistance to men who are victims/survivors of violent crimes and are able to connect you with VOICe.

The Office of Student Conduct - 724-738-2507

If you are interested in completing a conduct referral, please use this link:
Conduct Referral Link. The office's mission is to address violations of the student code of conduct. If you have questions, please call the office at the above mentioned number.


Slippery Rock University Police - 724-738-3333
The University Police Department is located at 145 Kiester Rd. and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you in whichever way necessary. The University Police are also able to connect you with the Slippery Rock Borough and Pennsylvania State Police if the need should arise. 
Their numbers are: 724-794-6388, and 724-284-8100 respectively.

Student Counseling Services - 724-738-2034
The Counseling Center is located in Rhoads Hall. They provide counseling, support services, and referral information to students. Individuals are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with a counselor in advance of arriving at the center. All services listed are free and confidential. Student information may not be related to a third party without a signed release of information (some rare exceptions exist as required by law).


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How to help a victim of sexual assault:

*Make sure they safe

*Keep the information confidential

*Accept their feelings

*Be calm, sensitive and non-judgemental

*Refer student to:

1. University Police 724.738.3333
2. Women's Center Bridge Project 724.738.2121
3. VOICe (Victim Outreach Intervention Center) 24 HOUR HOTLINE 1.800.400.8551
4. Student Counseling Center 724.738.2034
5. Student Health Services - for medical attention 724.738.2052

*Offer to accompany student to an on-campus resource

*Resist making decisions for the student; i.e., offer available resources but do not mandate a particular action

*Respect the student's decision to either report or not report the assault

No one deserves to be assaulted.  Know that the effects can be overwhelming.  Fellings of guilt, fear and confusion are common.  There are many resources available to support you and help you explore your options. 

Confidential Crime Tip Line

This confidential tip line is for anyone with information related to criminal or suspicious activities on campus. 

To leave information related to a campus crime, including description of the person or persons involved, vehicle involved, or other information that may aid police in their investigation call:

724-738-2SRU 724.738.2778


Callers may leave their name and numbers if they choose to. 

Caller information will be kept confidential.