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Department of Public Safety

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.

Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures

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:

  • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests.
  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later
  • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

The following procedures will help you in both reporting the crime and receiving the professional counseling and support you may desire:

  • If you are the victim of a sexual assault (including date or acquaintance rape) on campus, call the University Police immediately at 255-3111. If you are the victim of a sexual assault in the City of Colorado Springs, call the city police by dialing 9-1-1 (9-911 from a campus phone).
  • Do not wash or bathe. While it is recognized that this is a normal reaction on the part of most sexual assault victims, it will destroy vital evidence necessary in prosecuting the criminal offense. University or city police will transport you to Memorial Hospital where only qualified medical professionals will examine and collect evidence from your person. In addition, trained rape crisis counselors may be called to assist you and provide you with counseling and support.
  • You will be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity during all phases of the criminal justice process. Both the University Police and the City of Colorado Springs Police will keep you informed during all phases of the case including investigation, filing of charges, prosecution, trial and sentencing.
  • You may call other University personnel, (counseling, student support services, student life), for assistance in reporting a crime. These institutional personnel will assist you in notifying police authorities.
  • After an alleged sex offense occurs, the University will change a victim's academic situation if the

The current report is available in print upon request

The 2009 report is located athttp://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/2009Safety/
The latest report is available athttp://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/safety/
Previous reports are available athttp://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/police/safety/