Rape or Attempted Rape
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).
- The officer that is immediately dispatched by the University Police should obtain a description of the assailant, a brief description of the related circumstances, and any relevant physical evidence. Police questioning should be sensitive, cautious, and at this time, very brief; avoiding a detailed account of the incident. Any immediate care or support that is necessary should be made available to the woman. The victim should be advised not to bathe, douche, or change clothing until after being examined by a physician.
- As soon as information is received by the University Police of the rape or attempted rape on campus, the dispatcher should also contact the officer designated to respond to rapes or attempted rapes and a female member of the Counseling and Student Development Center. As soon as these two staff members can meet with the victim, a more detailed discussion of the incident will be conducted and the victim will be advised of her legal and medical alternatives.
- All information that is obtained about the incident will be forwarded, as necessary, to the appropriate Vice Presidents and to University Relations.
- If the victim is a student and either misses any classes or withdraws from the University, the Dean of Student office is to be notified by the representative from the Counseling and Student Development Center. The Dean of Students office will then notify the appropriate faculty.
Physical evidence is important in a rape case. Women who have been raped feel abused, humiliated, and dirty. A common reaction is to take a shower or bath and wash or destroy clothing. The victim should not bathe herself until she has been examined by a physician. She should not tamper with her clothing, crumple, or fold same. It will be taken by the police. Care must be taken not to mix blood specimens from the victim and the rapist that may be on the same garment. Other physical evidence such as the rapist's semen or seminal fluid may also be present on the victim's body or clothing. Ripped clothing may be used as evidence (clothing will be forwarded to the crime laboratory by the police for analysis). Bruises and cuts are also admissible as evidence. Photographic record of the same may be made by the department's investigator for later introduction into court. Obviously, time is of the essence in collecting evidence. Any delays may lessen the chances of convicting the rapist.