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Reporting Incidents of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence


Rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are serious crimes whether the act of violence is by a stranger or someone known to the victim.

The university strongly encourages and supports victims to report the crime immediately to:

 

As an alternative, the victim may report the crime to the University’s:

University personnel will assist in the report process if requested by the victim. As a victim, the individual has the option to decline to notify law enforcement or campus authorities.  University procedures are designed to protect the student who has been hurt by these behaviors and to stop the offensive behavior. The due process rights of alleged offenders are protected, as well as the rights of the victim.


What to do if you have been a victim:

Go to a safe location as soon as possible. If you can find a friend to accompany you, that would be even safer. From the safe location call:

Available 24/7, 365 days per year:

 

Available Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm:

 

Alternatively, you may go directly to the University Police Department, 1501 S. Joplin (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or to the Via Christi Medical Center Emergency Room, 1 Mount Carmel Place.

Rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are serious crimes whether the act of violence is by a stranger or someone known to the victim. The university strongly encourages and supports victims to report the crime immediately to the University Police or City Police.  As an alternative, the victim may report the crime to the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or a resident assistant, assistant residence hall director or area coordinator. University personnel will assist in the report process if requested by the victim. As a victim, the individual has the option to decline to notify law enforcement or campus authorities.  University procedures are designed to protect the student who has been hurt by these behaviors and to stop the offensive behavior. The due process rights of alleged offenders are protected, as well as the rights of the victim.

Victims of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking have the option for and will receive assistance from the university in changing academic, living, transportation and working situations, if such accommodations are reasonably available regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement.

Pittsburg State University prohibits retaliation by its officers, employees, or agents against a person who exercises his or her rights or responsibilities under any provision of the Campus SaVE Act.


Importance of preserving evidence to prove a criminal offense occurred or in obtaining a protection order

Time is of the essence. Victims should NOT change clothes, shower, bathe, or douche. If possible, do not go to the toilet. Save all clothing, linens, or other items that may have been touched by the assailant for the police officers who will be responsible for evidence. Do not wash clothing, linens or other items that may have been touched by the assailant. All physical evidence, including seminal fluids, hair, blood types and scrapings of flesh from the victim's fingernails will be used in prosecution of the crime.

You may request that the police investigation be conducted by a police officer of your gender (i.e. a female police officer for a female student, a male police officer for a male student) if available. As a victim of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, your name will not be released to the news media.

Be prepared to go to the Via Christi Medical Center Emergency Room, 1 Mount Carmel Place, and request a medical examination by the Emergency Room physician using the Sexual Assault Kit required for evidence in cases of sexual assault. This is done free of charge to the victim. You should get to the hospital as soon as it is safe and possible. The University Police or City of Pittsburg Police or Crawford County Sheriff's Deputy will be able to arrange transportation to the hospital as soon as an assault that has taken place is reported.

A formal complaint for legal action against the assailant should be made to the County Attorney through the police (no fee will be charged). For criminal prosecution a victim has two years to file a report from the day of the crime but it should be done as quickly as possible.

In order to be eligible for compensation under the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation, the crime must be reported to the law enforcement agency where the crime was committed within 72 hours of the event unless the Crime Victims Compensation Board finds there was good cause for the failure to report. The victim must be completely cooperative with the law enforcement agency. The victim must file a claim with the Crime Victims Compensation Board within one year of the occurrence of the crime.


Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence

Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence


Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Definitions