Rapes and Other Sexual Assaults
In the event of a rape or attempted rape on campus, the following procedures will be followed to ensure that every effort is made to apprehend the assailant and to provide any necessary support and assistance to the victim.
Any person who has information pertaining to a rape or attempted rape on campus should contact the University Police (ext. 6911).
Guidelines for communications personnel and initial responding officer(s):
- It is extremely important for dispatcher to demonstrate sensitivity to victim's needs while obtaining necessary preliminary information and subsequently relaying information to assigned officer(s). Have officer(s) call by telephone to obtain information, to avoid use of radio.
- Responding officer(s), with at least one female if possible, must initially attend as first responder to medical needs of the victim. Do not discard any bandages, gauze, compresses used. Summon further emergency medical care if necessary. Ask responding emergency medical technicians/other medical personnel to save and preserve appropriate bandages, etc. Secure crime scene from contamination with aide of second officer or other University personnel.
- Sensitively assure the victim that the first concern is for her welfare, safety, and protection of anonymity. Obtain a brief preliminary statement of the incident from the victim, witnesses, i. e., description of attacker (if not an acquaintance known by the victim), vehicle used in flight, to alert other units. Avoid "circus" atmosphere, keep procedures "low key." Seek only basic information necessary to transmit alarm. Place a strict limit on the number of personnel having direct contact with the victim.
- Transmit radio alarm as soon as possible, giving description of assailant, manner of flight, and any suspected weapons in subject's possession.
- Advise victim not to wash or douche, explaining reasons relating to the preservation of evidence with the utmost sensitivity. Transport victim to the hospital to be examined. Permit a friend to accompany the victim.
- Notify patrol supervisor, departmental investigator, and Counseling Center personnel on call. As soon as possible and appropriate have the Chief and Director notified. It will be the responsibility of the Investigator, Chief, or Director to see to it that the Associate Vice President and Vice President for Student Affairs are notified. In the absence of the Investigator, Chief, or Director, either the first responding officer or supervisor in charge will make the proper notifications.
- Make no statements to members of the media or anyone else not directly involved in the investigation of the incident or care of the victim. Preserve the victim's anonymity.
- Proceed on instructions from arriving supervisor or principal investigator assuming responsibility for the case after briefing them on your knowledge of the facts.
- The interview of the victim by the investigating officer should proceed as soon as feasible. The time spent awaiting the arrival of the examining physician can be so utilized.
- When examination is completed, arrange for victim to meet with University or other Rape Crisis counselor (usually waiting at the hospital). Arrange for transportation of victim to residence or alternate location of choice.
All information that is obtained about the incident will be forwarded, as necessary, to the appropriate Vice Presidents and to Media Relations. If the victim is a student and either misses any classes or withdraws from the University, the Vice President of Student Affairs office is to be notified by the attending representative from the Counseling and Student Development Center. The Students Affairs office will then notify the appropriate faculty.