The IUS Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct Rape and all forms of sexual assault are violations of IUS’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
While most victims of sexual assault are women, some men are also victims. Male victims at IUS receive the same services as women. Emotional support, counseling about options, information about resources related to legal issues and medical treatment are available to assist all those recovering from sexual assault.
Prevention and Education Programs
Programs and information are available through the University Police (4201 Grant Line Rd, UC 027), University Personal Counseling Services (4201 Grant Line Rd, UC 201), The Center for Women and Families (812-944-6743) and the Dean of Student Life Office (4201 Grant Line Rd, UC 010).
Guidelines for Assistance
1. IF YOU ARE RAPED OR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED:
- Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
- Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not wash, use the toilet, or change clothing if you can avoid it. If you do change clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper, not plastic bag.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible to make sure you are physically well and to permit collection of important evidence in the event you may later wish to take legal action.
- Contact IUSPD 812-941-2400 or in person at 4201 Grant Line Road UC 027
- Talk with an advocate or a counselor who will maintain confidentiality, help explain your options, give you information, and provide emotional support.
- Contact someone you trust to be with you and support you.
Many individuals experience sexual assault and never tell anyone about it at the time of the incident. If you were victimized weeks or years ago, assistance is still available to you. Talking with someone now may help you cope better with abuse from the past, whether it was rape, child sexual abuse, incest, or sexual harassment.
2. MEDICAL TREATMENT
It is important to seek immediate and follow-up medical attention for several reasons: first, to assess and treat any physical injuries you may have sustained; second, to determine the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and take preventive measures; and third, to gather evidence that could aid criminal prosecution. Physical evidence should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. It may be collected later than this, but the quality and quantity of the evidence may be diminished.
Immediate Emergency Services
A special exam should be conducted as soon as possible following an assault to ensure your physical well-being and to collect evidence that may be useful in criminal proceedings. The exam can be conducted without the involvement of law enforcement personnel. Even if you have not been physically hurt, this forensic exam is strongly recommended to maintain all your legal options. After the evidence is collected, it can be stored in case you wish to press criminal charges. The exam is performed by an emergency department physician or gynecologist. A nurse is present throughout the procedure, and a support person of your choice can also be present.
Student can receive the exam for free by going to The Center for Women and Families (812-944-6743). They will assist you in the process.
IUSPD provides transportation to the Hospital 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling (812)-941-2400.
Non-Emergency Medical Procedures
Even if you do not have evidence collected at the Hospital, it is still important to get medical attention. An exam in this case should include treatment of any physical problems and various lab tests for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. This non-emergency treatment can be arranged with your family doctor or with the IUSPD (812)-941-2400 or The Center for Women and Families (812)-944-6743.
3. COUNSELING AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
The University Personal Counseling Services (812)-941-2244 is located at 4201 Grant Line Rd, UC South Room 201. Counselors can provide confidential support for you during this difficult period. They can inform you of common emotional reactions and discuss coping methods that may assist you immediately following the assault and later. Talking about your concerns with a counselor in a safe and supportive environment may help you sort through your feelings and decide what to do. You do not need to disclose your name if you call the University Personal Counseling Center for information. Counselors will not reveal your identity to anyone without your permission. Students may be seen on an emergency walk-in basis or by appointment. Assistance and support for dealing with personal and academic issues is also available from the Dean of Student Life Office (4201 Grant Line Rd, UC Room 010, 812-941-2316).
The Center for Women and Families (812)-944-6743, provides a confidential hotline at (877)-803-7577, and advocacy services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
4. REPORTING TO THE IUS POLICE DEPARTMENT
This can be done immediately by calling (812)-941-2400 or by walking into the Police Department, 4201 Grant Line Rd, University Center Room 027. The reasons for reporting to IUSPD are: 1) to take action which may prevent further victimization, including issuing a crime alert to warn the campus community of an impending threat to their safety; 2) to apprehend the assailant; 3) to seek justice for the wrong that has been done to you; 4) to have the incident recorded for purposes of reporting statistics about incidents that occurred on campus.
If you choose to report the incident, an IUSPD officer will take a statement from you regarding what happened. The officer will ask you to describe the assailant(s) and may ask questions about the scene of the crime, any witnesses, and what happened before and after the incident. You may have a support person with you during the interview. NOTE: Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. When you file a report, you are NOT obligated to continue with legal proceedings or University disciplinary action. Remember, you can choose whether or not to participate in proceedings at any point.
5. CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING
If you are assaulted and do not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report to IUSPD. With your permission, an IUSPD officer can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record about the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors; determine where there is a pattern of assaults with regard to a particular location, method or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger.
6. UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY ACTION
If you decide to take part in the University adjudication process charges may either be filed directly by you or by the University on the basis of your written statement. Such a charge would be handled in accordance with the procedures relating to violation of the University’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct regulations. Individuals could be subject to disciplinary action pending review by the University. Students found to have committed a sexual assault could be suspended or expelled. Pursuant to the University’s disciplinary procedures, both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have an advisor or support person present during the hearing. Students who allege sexual assault by another student may request a change in their academic and living situations on campus after the alleged incident takes place if such changes are reasonably available. Finally, in accordance with federal regulations, both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding alleging sexual assault. For more details on these proceedings, consult the University’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
If you have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a non-student IUS employee, this is a violation of the law and University policy. Students should contact the IUSPD (812-941-2400) or the Dean of Student Life (812-941-2316) to discuss complaints.
The University will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for this request.
7. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND CHARGES
If you want to press criminal charges, call the IUSPD (812) 941-2400 or the New Albany Police Department (812)-948-5300. Be advised that questioning can be difficult. Remember, you may request that a support person be with you during police interviews.
If the assailant is apprehended, the suspect will be taken by police before the local Court and charged with the appropriate offense(s) at a preliminary arraignment. You do not need to be present for this proceeding. The assailant may be jailed or released on bail depending on the circumstances of the crime. One of the usual conditions prior to a suspect being released on bail is that the suspect not make any attempt to contact you. If you are contacted by the suspect or feel threatened in any way, you should immediately call IUSPD. Under some circumstances bail may be revoked and additional charges may be filed.