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Sexual Assault Policy and Procedure

Reporting of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment:

1. Active Criminal Activity should contact University Police/Department of Public Safety at 814-393-2111, 911, or go to the Department of Public Safety located in Thorne 1.

2. Reports should be sent directly to Dr. Jocelind Gant, Director of Social Equity and Title IX Coordinator at or by phone to 814-393-2109.

3. Reports may also be made to Matthew G. Shaffer in the Office of Judicial and Mediation Services located in 204 Egbert Hall, by e-mail, to, or by submitting an Incident Report located at

4. Anonymous reports may be made at or a Crime Incident Report Form may be submitted by printing the document at

Educational programs to promote awareness of sex offenses include presentations during new student orientation, programming in the residence halls and Greek Affairs. Two University Police Officers are also certified as Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructors. R.A.D. is a nationally recognized self-defense course for women that teaches practical crime prevention skills.

The R.A.D course also teaches techniques for avoiding and escaping from potentially dangerous situations. The R.A.D. course is offered two times a semester and once during the summer and is open to all female students and employees. A similar program is also offered to male students and employees.

The University's Office of Social Equity is able to provide information about the rules, regulations, and statutes dealing with sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Office of Social Equity can also assist persons who wish to file a complaint of such conduct.

Report to the University Police Office - 393-2111 - Inasmuch as all allegations of sexual assault and rape have the potential to involve criminal conduct, the university strongly advises all reported surivors to consider action through Law Enforcement. If the assault occurred off campus, call 911 and the appropriate police agency will respond.

Get medical attention immediately - You could be injured-externally and internally. You could become pregnant, or you could get a sexually transmitted disease. A medical examination could also provide important evidence of rape for prosecution. Community police officers will help. PASSAGES (226-RAPE, hot line 9-1-1) also provides trained support staff to assist you.

Don't bathe or douche - Bathing or douching might be the first thing you want to
do-but don't. You might literally be washing away valuable evidence. Wait until you have had a medical examination.

Save your clothing - It's all right to change clothes, but save what you were wearing. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution. Place all items in a paper bag.

We are here to help - Understanding officers will be assigned to work with you, to
help you to apprehend the offender. Your contact with the police officers will be
confidential. The assigned officer will explain the various aspects of criminal
prosecution should the offender be identified.

In the event a student is the reported survivor of a sex offense which precipitates a problem in academic or living arrangements, the student can receive assistance from the college dean or Director of Campus Life, respectively.

Conduct regulations pertaining to sex offenses, disciplinary procedures in dealing with such offenses, and possible sanctions are contained in the Student Rights, Regulations and Procedures Handbook.

It should be noted that a University Conduct Board Hearing is the mechanism used to adjudicate cases involving rape and sexual assault.  All determinations are made using a preponderence of the information presented.  A mediation may never be used to address instances involving sexual assault or rape.

The necessity for quick reporting cannot be overemphasized. If an attacker rapes you, rapes someone you know, or attempts to commit a rape on the campus, notify University Police immediately at 393-2111.