The Police Department offers sexual assault education and information programs to students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and campus response is available through the Counseling Office.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Campus Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a police officer and/or to a campus authority.
Filing a police report with a college authority will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
- ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim
- provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
- assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Police Department about an investigation, the Hall County Sex Crimes Unit may be notified as well. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system or to just have a report filed with no further investigation at all. A representative from the Police Department or the Counseling Office will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Counseling options are available from the College through the Counseling Center. Counseling and support services outside the College system can be obtained through the Victim Intervention Program of the Hall County Sheriff's Office. College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook.
A student found guilty of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense.