Sexual assault is defined as: any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly, and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
The Campus recognizes the serious physical and psychological impact of sexual assault. It is one of the most frequently committed violent crimes in the United States and most unreported.
If attacked or confronted by an assailant, try to attract attention. Assess the situation: options are to fight, run, or reason with the assailant. Personal safety awareness programs and self-defense courses can help educate one as to how to respond appropriately in a sexual assault situation.
Acquaintance rape, sexual assault that occurs between people who know each other, is far more common on college campuses than stranger rape. Acquaintance rape is as serious as any other form of rape.
If you are assaulted:
If you feel you are the victim of a sexual assault on campus, report the incident so that trained campus staff members can provide prompt and supportive assistance. Public Safety personnel will keep all calls confidential and will:
Procedures are in place for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault. In such disciplinary actions the accuser and the accused (1) are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during the proceedings and (2) shall be informed of the outcome of the proceedings. Any individual found guilty of rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses (forcible or non-forcible) following an on-campus disciplinary procedure is subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the campus.