Sexual Assault Policy

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  1. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

    In an effort to prevent sex crimes and victimization associated with those crimes, the university educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through mandatory freshman orientations each fall (See the Lincoln University Sexual Assault Bill of Rights for more info).  The Lincoln University Police Department also offers sexual assault education and information programs to university students and employees upon request.  

     

    Literature on date rape education, risk reduction and university response is available through the Police Department and through the Student Health Center.  Student Health, Residential Life, and Student Activities also sponsors various rape awareness and prevention programs throughout the year on an as needed basis.  Lincoln University also provides counseling services located at Student Health Services center.

     

    The first priority of a victim of sexual assault is to get to a place of safety, then to obtain necessary medical equipment.  The Lincoln University 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 University Police Officer, the Student Health Center, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Student Housing, if applicable, the director of a student’s residence hall.

     

  2. REPORTING THE INCIDENT

    Choosing whether to report a rape or assault is a victim’s right and option. To report the incident to authorities, a victim should:

     

    ·         Contact the Lincoln University Police Department at 573-681-5555 or by dialing 911 or by use of any red campus emergency phone.

     

    Prior to a medical/legal exam victims of rape or assault should not:

    o   BATHE,

    o   CHANGE CLOTHES,

    o   DOUCHE OR

    o   USE THE TOILET

    If a victim is uncertain about whether to report the incident to authorities, the victim should: 

    ·        Contact the Campus Counselor or another mental health counselor* outside the university community and/or clergy or religious advisor, none of whom are required to report alleged incidents.

  3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF RAPE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT

    ·         MOVE TO A SAFE LOCATION IMMEDIATELY!

    ·         Tell someone. Seek support from someone you trust.

    ·         Talk to the Campus Counselor (681-5167) or the Student Health Center (681-5476). Conversations with the counselor will be kept in strictest confidence, if you wish. Other staff members can be helpful, but they will be required to report the incident to the Chief of the Lincoln University Police Department.

    ·         St. Mary's and Capital Region Hospital provide emergency services to victims and are located nearby. They can provide counseling referrals, and will contact the Jefferson City Police or Lincoln University Police Department for you.

    ·         A Police Officer or your residence hall director can get help for you anytime.  It is not necessary to tell them what happened.

    ·         Again, remember that anyone other than the Campus Counselor must report specific incidents to the Lincoln University Police Department.

  4. PROCEDURES ON REPORTING AN ASSAULT TO LUPD

    Reports may be made by calling 911 or by calling the Lincoln University Police Department at 573-681-5555; by reporting directly to the office, or by reporting to the on-scene officer, if he or she has already been summoned. If a report of an assault has been made to another university official, they will assist in making a report to the Lincoln University Police Department, if requested.

     

    Filing a police report with a Lincoln University Police Officer 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 however do the following:

     

    ·         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 Lincoln University Police Department, the Student Health Center will be notified, as well as the Vice President for Student Affairs. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the university’s Student Life Review Board, or only the latter.  Victims also have the option of contacting the Title IX coordinator or one of the other campus security authorities (CSA)’s to discuss reporting options.  One of these university representatives will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision.

     

    Counseling and support services available to victims who choose counseling and support outside the university system:

     

    Family Mental Health Center Hotline………..…800-833-3915

    Family Counseling Center of Missouri Inc…...634-4591

    Rape and Abuse Crisis Service Hotline….......634-4911

    Behavior Health Unit…………………………....635-7141

    Planned Parenthood……………………………635-2882

    Birthright ..………………………………………..635-8822

     

  5. CHANGING A STUDENT'S LIVING SITUATION

    Students, whether sexual assault victims or not, have a right to habitability in campus housing and in campus accommodations for which Lincoln University receives any compensation, direct or indirect.

     

    "Habitability" shall mean an environment free from sexual or physical intimidation, or any other continuing disruptive behaviors by persons sharing rooms or their guests, that is of such a serious nature as would prevent a reasonable person from attaining their educational goals. Substantiated violations of the above-listed habitability provisions shall be corrected by campus personnel by relocation of the complainant to acceptable, safe and secure alternative housing as soon as practicable, unless the conditions of non-habitability demonstrate the necessity of immediate action by campus personnel.

     

  6. RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED AND ACCUSER

    The right to legal assistance, or ability to have others present, in any campus disciplinary proceeding that the institution permits to the accuser shall be offered to the accused, and the right to be notified of the outcome of such proceeding.

     

    Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sex offense. Compliance with this paragraph does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For the purpose of this paragraph, the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding means only the institution’s final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused.

     

    Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of sanctions the institution may impose following a final determination of an institutional disciplinary proceeding regarding rape, acquaintance rape or other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses.

     

  7. SEXUAL ASSUALT OFFENSES AND SANCTIONS

     

    SEXUAL ASSUALT OFFENSES AND SANCTIONS

    A sexual offense case referred to the Lincoln University Student Conduct system may result in the perpetrator being suspended from the university.   More than one sanction may be recommended/imposed for any single violation when deemed appropriate by the Judicial Officer or Disciplinary Committee. All disciplinary sanctions are noted in the student's non-academic student file and are kept for a period of three years after they leave the university. Records of suspended students are kept indefinitely. Sanctions may include: residence hall transfer or suspension, interim suspension, long-term suspension or permanent suspension. 

  8. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

    Pursuant to 20 U.S.C.§1092(f)(1)(I) and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSPCA), as amended to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act, Lincoln University provides the following information regarding sex offenders.

     

    Pursuant to the afore cited federal laws, persons who are required to register under a state sex offender registry are required to notify the state regarding each post-secondary school at which the offender works or is a student. In the state of Missouri, sex offenders are required to register with the county sheriff's department (589.400 RSMo.). The Missouri State Highway Patrol maintains a statewide sex offender registry. In addition to the state sex offender registry the U.S. Department of Justice also maintains a nation-wide sex offender registry.