SEXUAL ASSAULT

Protect yourself using whatever means are necessary.

  • Upon escaping from the attacker contact Campus Police immediately by calling (513) 244-4226 or 4226 from any campus phone.
  • Give as much information about the attacker as possible to the Campus Police. 
  • A Campus Police officer will provide whatever first aid is necessary. 
  • Delhi EMS will take over the medical treatment of the victim. 
  • The health and well-being of the victim is the most important concern at this time. 
  • Victim should be transported to the hospital. 
  • Officers will initiate a search for the attacker using all available resources. 
  • Officers will make all attempts to protect the University community from the attacker 
  • Officers will notify the Chief of Campus Police and notification of University officials will begin. 
  • Wellness and counseling will be notified. 
  • When enough Campus Police personnel are on the scene one officer will respond to the hospital to assist the victim and collect evidence 

The Campus Police Department investigates all reports of sexual assaults. Sexual assault prevention, response, and deterrence presentations are available through the Campus Police Department upon request. If you are a victim of sexual assault, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. The Campus Police Department strongly encourages all sexual assault victims to report the crime in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Sexual assaults should be reported directly to the Campus Police Department. 

The victim will be advised of how the criminal investigation will occur and the steps necessary to ensure proper prosecution. Officers will ensure the victims safety and confidentiality at all times. The Wellness Center will also be notified in the event counseling services are requested by the victim. Victims of sexual assault who would like assistance other than that offered by the Wellness Center can contact the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office Victim’s Advocate division or Women Helping Women of Cincinnati by following the links below. 

http://www.hcpros.org/node/6

http://womenhelpingwomen.org/

Sexual harassment of students, which includes sexual assault or acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination.  Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or intellectual or other disability.  A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX. 

Faculty, staff, or students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including potential termination of employment, or suspension or dismissal from the University.  Sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual conduct threaten the freedom and the very person of others. The University strives to eliminate all forms of sexual harassment. Therefore, the University will not tolerate sexually harassing conduct against any member of the University community on University premises or any other locations where members of the University community are together because of assigned or University-sanctioned activities. 

Interim steps as appropriate may be taken to stop and prevent the recurrence of harassing behavior.  Such steps may include “no contact” orders and/or adjustments in employment, academic, housing and extracurricular arrangements and activities. Such steps will be designed to minimize the burden on the complainant’s employment or educational program

The University’s Title IX investigation is different from any law enforcement investigation, and a law enforcement investigation does not relieve the University of its independent Title IX obligation to investigate the conduct.  In cases involving potential criminal conduct, University personnel must determine, consistent with State and local law, whether appropriate law enforcement or other authorities should be notified.  Conduct may constitute unlawful sexual harassment under Title IX even if law enforcement determines that it does not constitute a crime. All incidents of sexual misconduct involving students that are reported to Mount St. Joseph University Police Department will also be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for follow up and investigation into whether it constitutes sexual harassment or discrimination in violation of this policy.

For more information, please refer to Mount St. Joseph University Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Misconduct, and Retaliation  and  student Disciplinary proceeding processes which can be found in the student handbook.