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is left up to the student. A summary of the student issues that the University Counseling Center works with each year is recorded in a counseling center annual report. This data is summarized by diagnoses and no names are attached to the data. The counseling center report does not distinguish events that occurred in the past year from events that occurred at any time in the student's past, and it does not distinguish reported events from non-reported events.
The University recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue and will not tolerate such acts on campus. The University Police will investigate all allegations of sexual assault and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action, with prior consent of the victim. If you become the victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. It is important that you seek help immediately.
Sexual Assault is knowingly inflicting sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger, that occurs without indication of consent of both individuals, or that occurs under threat or coercion. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly and/or against a person's will, or when a person is incapable of giving consent. A person is legally incapable of giving consent if intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol; if developmentally disabled; or if temporarily or permanently mentally or physically unable to do so.
The majority of sexual assaults that occur in campus communities are committed by people known by their victims, such as casual acquaintances through academic, living, work, social, or recreational interactions, including dating. Often, these types of assaults are not reported to campus police or available victim services, because people do not think that when a friend or acquaintance subjects them to unwanted sexual intercourse or contact, this is sexual assault.
Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a University Police officer and/or to a Residence Life and Housing staff member. Filing a police report with a 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:
The following procedures will help you in both reporting the crime and receiving the professional counseling and support you may desire: