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Non-Consensual Sexual Contact Definition: occurs when there is coerced, manipulated or unwanted touching, directly or through clothing, of an intimate part of a person (i.e., the genital area, groin, inner thigh, anus, buttocks, mouth or breasts) that occurs against one’s will, or without one’s consent, including when one is unconscious, intoxi-cated or otherwise unable to give consent. Non-Consensual Sexual Assault Definition: occurs when there is unwilling or noncon-sensual penetration of any bodily opening with any object or body part. This includes, but is not limited to penetration of a bodily opening without consent through use of coercion or manipulation. Forced Sexual Assault Definition: occurs when there is unwilling or noncon-sensual penetration of any bodily opening with any object or body part that is committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through exploitation of another’s mental or physical condition of which the assailant was or should have been aware. Providing or making available to a victim, and/or using any substance (e.g. alcohol, GHB, Rohypnol, etc.) will be considered by the Administrative Hearing Officer, Honor Council, or pre-hearing Officer when determining responsibility and appropriate sanction. Use of these substances in violating this policy may constitute “Forced Sexual Assault” and result in expulsion from the University. In addition, the use of these substances by an alleged assailant may constitute violation of other University policies, and the student may be charged with these violations as well (e.g. Drugs, Harm to Persons, Disorderly Conduct, Disruptive Activity, Alcohol, etc). The use of alcohol and other drugs by either party, in conjunction with an incident of sexual assault, does not mitigate accountability for the commission of this offense or diminish the seriousness of the offense. Consent is defined as follows: • Both individuals are physically free and capable to act. • Both individuals are willing and clear about their intent to engage in sexual activities. • Silence may not in and of itself constitute consent. • Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. B. Medical Attention Whatever one does following sexual assault, it is essential that medical attention be sought immediately at the nearest emergency room to protect against internal injury or disease and to assist with later prosecution. A victim should observe the following recommendations: Preserve all physical evidence of the assault, even if you (or someone you know) are unsure whether to report the crime. Do not shower, bathe, douche, eat, drink, wash your hands or brush your teeth until after you have had a medical examination. Save all the clothing that was worn during the time of the assault and bring them and any other potential evidence to the emergency room (medical exam). Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag (do not use plastic bags). Do not clean or disturb the area where the assault occurred. C. Counseling Counseling can be critical to regaining one’s emotional balance following a sexual assault. There are trained professionals ready to assist you or refer you to other competent professionals. All assistance is free and strictly confidential as it is for other offices such as the University Police Department and the Office of Student Affairs. Counseling Services is located in CLC Suite 224 and can be contacted at 864-503-5195. D. Reporting to the University Police or Local Police If an assault occurs on University property, it should be reported to the campus police by calling 911 or 503-7777 or 503-5911 or by using a campus emergency phone. Assaults that occur off campus should be reported to the local police (911). These numbers can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. E. Reporting The University encourages students to report all incidents of sexual assault to the University Police, to a counselor in Counseling Services, or to the Dean of Students: 503-7777, 503-5195, 503-5107 or 503-5911 (evenings). The adverse emotional impact following sexual assault can be severe. The long term effects of the trauma of sexual violence can have serious and lasting psychological consequences. The University recognizes the importance of competent, comprehensive, sensitive professional help. Do not hesitate to contact any one of the offices listed to report any incidence of sexual violence: • Counseling Services is an on-campus resource that provides free counseling visits to students. The phone number is 503-5195. • University Police will provide on-going assistance in pursuing criminal prosecution. The phone number is 503-5911. They can also put a victim/ survivor in touch with Victim/Witness Services. • University Housing is available to assist a victim with housing needs, such as relocation. They can be reached at 503-5422. Time is absolutely critical when reporting a sexual assault. The sooner an assault is reported the easier it is to collect valuable evidence. 1‘3146 - ‘17 Student Handbook 130


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