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Section 400 - Student Affairs

 

 

Section 400 - Student Affairs

 

411              SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

 

POLICY

 

Confidentiality is critical.  Sexual Assault (definition): Sexual assault is an act of violence in which one person subjects another person to contact of a sexual nature against the latter's will.  The various forms of sexual assault are defined under Georgia law and those definitions are incorporated herein.  Those sexual offenses are prohibited on the campuses of Georgia Perimeter College.  The sexual offenses include, but are not limited to rape, assault to commit rape, sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery, object rape, statutory rape, sodomy, aggravated sodomy, public indecency and stalking.

 

PROCEDURE

 

A.          Students should immediately report sexual assaults to the Georgia Perimeter

College Protective Services department.

B.           Protective Services will notify the Dean of Student Services and the Campus Provost.

C.          Students shall be afforded assistance in seeking counseling and follow-up medical care, making changes to their academic situations and reporting to the appropriate criminal authorities after an assault has occurred.

D.          The victim of a sexual assault should take care to preserve any evidence that may be necessary to prove that the sexual assault occurred.  Victims are advised to consult law enforcement authorities before showering, bathing, or changing or laundering any clothing that was worn during the assault.  However, the fact that the victim of a sexual assault has already bathed, showered, or otherwise compromised potential evidence, should in no way dissuade the victim from reporting the assault, as such actions may not prevent prosecution or proceedings from going forward.

E.           After a campus sexual assault has been reported, campus personnel shall take reasonable and necessary steps to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with alleged assailant(s).

 

Victims’ Rights and Responsibilities

Georgia Perimeter College recognizes and upholds the rights of victims of sexual assault, including:

 

A.                 The right to have any and all sexual assaults against them treated with seriousness; the right as victims, to be treated with dignity; and the right of campus organizations which assist victims to be accorded recognition.

 

B.                 The right to have sexual assaults investigated and adjudicated by the duly constituted criminal and civil authorities of the governmental entity in which the crimes occurred; and the right to the full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities.  The foregoing shall be in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings.

 

C.                 The right to be free from any kind of pressure from campus personnel that victims (1) not report crimes committed against them to civil and criminal authorities or to campus law enforcement and disciplinary officials, or (2) report crimes as lesser offenses than the victims perceive them to be.

 

D.                 The right to be free from any kind of suggestion that campus sexual assault victims not report, or under report, crimes because (1) the victims are somehow responsible for the commission of crimes against them,  (2) victims were contributively negligent or assumed the risk of being assaulted, (3) by reporting crimes victims would incur unwanted personal publicity.

 

E.                  The same right to advisement and assistance, or ability to have others present, in any campus disciplinary proceeding that the institution permits the accused; and the right to be notified of the outcome of such proceeding.

 

F.                  The right to full and prompt cooperation from campus personnel in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence (including a medical exam) as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault in subsequent legal proceedings.

 

G.                 The right to be made aware of and assisted in exercising any options as provided by state and federal laws or regulations with regard to mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases, and with regard to notification to victims of the results of such testing.

 

H.                 Referral information for counseling from mental health services will be made available.

 

To report an assault to Protective Services, contact:

Clarkston:                                             404-299-4284

Decatur:                                               404-244-2381

Dunwoody:                                           770-551-3039

Lawrenceville:                                       770-995-6884

Rockdale Center:                                  770-761-1605

24 Hour Emergency:                             404-299-4195

 

            The telephone numbers for the Dean of Student Services on each campus are listed below.  It is important for the victim of a sexual assault not to destroy potential physical evidence by bathing, showering, douching or changing or destroying clothing.

It is also vital for a victim to receive prompt medical attention.  For the full range of medical and counseling services, contact:

 

DeKalb Rape Crisis Center:                  404-377-1428

Grady Rape Crisis Center:                    404-616-4861

Gwinnett Rape Crisis Center:                770-476-7407

 

            For additional assistance about resources available and the campus judicial process, contact the Dean of Student Services at the following numbers:

 

Clarkston:                                             404-299-4015

Decatur:                                               404-244-5097

Dunwoody:                                           770-551-3042

Lawrenceville:                                       770-339-2207

 

Sexual assault is a criminal offense and can be adjudicated through the college court, county court or both.  If handled through college court, please refer to procedures under the Sexual Harassment Policy.

 

Rights of the Accused

A.                 The right to have sexual assaults investigated and adjudicated by the duly constituted criminal and civil authorities of the governmental entity in which the crimes occurred; and the right to the full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying the proper authorities.  The foregoing shall be in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings.

 

B.                 The same right to advisement and assistance, or ability to have others present in any campus disciplinary proceeding that the institution permits the accuser; and the right to be notified of the outcome of such proceeding.

 

C.                 The right to full and prompt cooperation from campus personnel in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence as may be necessary for use in subsequent legal proceedings.

 

D.                 Referral information for counseling from mental health services will be made available.

 

Sexual assault is a criminal offense and can be adjudicated through the college court, county court or both.  If handled through college court, please refer to procedures under the Sexual Harassment Policy.

 

 

Presented by Student Affairs Policy Council to the College Advisory Board 1-25-01

CAB suggested revision made by SAPC

Revised document approved by CAB 2-19-01