Lenoir-Rhyne University sponsors prevention, intervention and education programs specifically addressing rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible and non forcible sexual offenses. A formal sexual awareness program facilitated by professional trainers is offered to the general college population and is a required of the freshman population. Various other sexual awareness and prevention programs are conducted in the residence halls by Student Life personnel. The college recognizes the importance of assisting students who are victims of sexual assault and helping them to regain a sense of personal control over their lives and the decisions they make.
If you are sexually assaulted, you should do the following:
- Go to a safe place.
- Do not shower or bathe.
- Do not urinate, if possible.
- Do not eat, drink, smoke or brush your teeth if oral contact took place.
- Do not destroy or wash the clothes you were wearing. If you change, place your clothes in a paper bag.
- Contact your Resident Director, Director of Residence Life, Dean of Students, Campus Security and/or Hickory Police Department.
- Seek medical treatment
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to file a report with campus security and the Hickory Police Department. The filing of a report does not obligate the victim to pursue charges if he/she does not want to pursue them, but does make filing of charges easier if the victim changes his/her mind at a later date. Following the above suggestions will ensure the preservation of evidence.
Options available to sexual assault victims are University Judicial System, criminal prosecution and civil suits. Lenoir-Rhyne University will assist the victim in pursuing whichever option(s) the victim chooses. The University judiciary and the criminal courts are independent systems; charges may be filed in either or both systems.
To begin a University Judicial court action, the victim should notify Campus Security, Office of Counseling Services or the Dean of Students (Judicial Officer). Both the victim and the accused will have the opportunity to present testimony and witnesses and each will be allowed to select a representative to support them. Both the victim and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any University disciplinary proceedings brought alleging a sex offense.
Sanctions the University may impose following final determination include suspension; and/or attendance of an appropriate treatment program, or expulsion.
(Refer to the Student Handbook for details on Judicial Hearings)
If you are assaulted and do not want to pursue action with the University or the criminal justice system, you may want to consider making an anonymous report. With your permission, Counseling Services can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of an anonymous 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 accurate records about the number of incidents involving students; 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.
Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault
Office of Counseling Services - 328.7252
Student Health Center - 328.7181
University Security - 328.7146
24 hours per day - 328.7146
Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County - 322.6011
Campus Pastor - 328.7248
Hickory Police Department Victim Services - 261.2642
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, Counseling Services can assist you with any academic or living situations if changes are requested and are reasonably available.