Assistance for Victims of Sexual Assault / Prevention & Response
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy
The university educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through orientation each fall. The department of Public Safety offers sexual assault education and information programs to university students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and university response is available through the department of Public Safety.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. Public Safety strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a Public Safety officer. Filing a police report with a Public Safety officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny of judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will
- ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim
- provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam
- assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.)
The following is a description of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Sexual Assault Assistance Program.
Assistance for Victims of Sexual Assault
The following is a description of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Sexual Assault Assistance Program. It will be adhered to and offered whenever a sexual assault is reported to have taken place on campus.
- All sexual assault cases reported will be fully investigated by the Public Safety Department with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies.
- All cases reported to the Public Safety Department will be taken seriously without discrimination of age, sex, gender, or race of either the victim or suspect(s).
- Public Safety staff will meet with you privately, at a location on campus mutually agreed upon, to file your initial reports.
- Public Safety staff will remain objective and will treat you and your case with utmost courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism, and will assist in arranging for hospital/medical treatment through Henry Ford Hospital-Fairlane. Financial responsibility will not be handled by the university or any department thereof following the initial consultation.
- The University will assist you in privately contacting Counseling and Support Services and the Women's Resource Center. These offices will provide you with short-term personal counseling, emotional support, information on community services and referrals.
- The University will not release your name to the public, press, or any other media organization.
- The University will have personnel available to assist you or answer any questions or explain the processes to you.
- If you feel more comfortable speaking with a male or female officer, or counselor, we will attempt to do our best to accommodate your need.
- At any time you wish an update regarding your reported case, you will be assisted in your discussions by the Public Safety Department and/or local law enforcement agency handling your specific case.
- The University will continue to be available to you to answer questions, explain the system and processes involved, and be a willing listener. Should any new information develop regarding your case, you are encouraged to report it to the Public Safety Department and Counseling and Support Services.
- Counseling and Support Services and the Women's Resource Center can be utilized as an objective source to assist you in dealing with issues and decisions you may face.
- Should the individual desire to implement charges against the suspect, he/she will be advised on the process and referred to the Dearborn Police Department for further processing.
- We will appraise the student of her/his right to have the University take action to prevent contact or proximity with an alleged assailant, including immediate relocation of the survivor to safe and secure alternative housing, transfer of classes (if requested by the student), as well as apprising her/him or all student rights under the Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct.