Procedure for Responding to Sexual Assault Occurring on the Harvey Mudd College Campus

POLICY

It is the policy of Harvey Mudd College to ensure, to the fullest extent possible, that any student or employee (faculty, staff or student) who is the victim of sexual assault committed on its campus shall receive prompt treatment, support and information; and to encourage victims of sexual assault to make full use of these provisions.

For the purposes of this policy, sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by foreign object, sexual battery, or threat of sexual assault. Acquaintance rape, while the most difficult of sexual assaults to define, is nonetheless a nonconsensual, forcible act of violence.

Harvey Mudd College does not tolerate sexual assault, whether directed at males or females and whether committed by a stranger or an acquaintance. The college seeks to address the needs of the sexual assault victim and to protect other members of the campus community from potential sexual assaults. Referrals for treatment and ongoing support are offered to victims. In the interests of privacy and when within the college’s jurisdiction, confidentiality regarding the names of the victim and alleged assailant is maintained.

Harvey Mudd College will make the college community aware of any rapes or other sexual assaults by strangers on campus, and will judge on a case-by-case basis the need to report to the college community acquaintance rapes or sexual assaults. In the case of a sexual assault by a stranger, the location of the incident will be made known to the college community. Students and employees will be notified of assaults or rapes that occur on other Claremont Colleges campuses when reports are received by the Dean of Students or the Human Resources Office. The college is legally obligated to report the number of sexual assaults that occur on campus each year to the federal government.

PROCEDURES

Step 1. Treatment

First priority is given to arranging treatment for the sexual assault victim. Because sexual assault may involve physical trauma and is a crime, the campus individual or the college official first notified of the sexual assault should strongly encourage the victim to seek treatment. There are several options for treatment:

Treatment Option 1.  Go to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Emergency Room.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
1798 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, California
909.865.9600

The victim should be informed that she/he will be examined and treated at the hospital for physical injuries or sexually transmitted diseases. The victim should also be informed that because the assault on him/her is a crime, the hospital has an obligation to inform the police and that the police will interview her/him at the hospital regarding the assault. The victim should be told that he/she will have a choice about allowing collection of evidence and going forward with a prosecution.

If the victim is willing to go to the hospital, the campus individual or the college official first notified should assist with arrangements for transportation. This individual, with the consent of the victim, should contact or assist the victim in contacting the Rape Crisis Hotline 909.626.4357 to ask that a counselor meet the victim at the hospital.

The victim who goes to the hospital should be informed that she/he may have a friend accompany him/her to the hospital. The victim should be advised not to shower or change clothes.  Additionally, a female victim should be advised not to douche. The victim should bring a fresh change of clothes to the hospital with her/him. If he/she has already changed clothes, she/he should be advised to put the clothes worn at the time of the assault in a bag and bring them to the hospital.

Treatment Option 2.   Use other community resources.
A victim who does not wish to go to the hospital should be strongly encouraged to receive treatment/assistance from some other resource such as his/her personal physician or Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood
1550 N Garey Avenue
Pomona, California
909.620.4268

Additionally, victims who are students should be encouraged to seek counseling by contacting:

Monsour Counseling Center
909.621.8202

Victims who are eligible employees may wish to seek counseling through the college’s Employee Assistance Program by contacting:

PacifcCare Behavioral Health
800.234.5465

Step 2. Contact the College Representative.

A victim who is an HMC student, or the campus individual representing a student victim, (e.g. fellow student or faculty or staff member) should contact the Dean of Students (hereafter referred to as College Representative).

Dean of Students Assistant Dean, Student Emotional Health
909.621.8125 | 909.607.4101

A victim who is an employee, or the campus individual representing an employee victim, (e.g. fellow faculty or staff member) should contact either the Dean of the Faculty or the Assistant Vice President, Human Resources (hereafter referred to as College Representative).

Dean of Faculty: 909.621.8122
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources: 909.621.8512

If the victim wishes to remain anonymous to the College Representative, the College Representative will serve as a consultant to the campus individual representing the victim and that person will provide ongoing support as needed.

The College Representative will provide ongoing case management, either directly or as a consultant, depending on the wishes of the victim. The College Representatives will serve as back-up for each other. In the event a College Representative cannot be reached, call

Campus Safety 909.621.8170

Step 3. Notification of others that an assault has occurred.

The College Representative notifies the President and Director of Campus Safety that a sexual assault has occurred, maintaining confidentiality, to the extent possible and if requested by the victim. The President is the only college official who may authorize an exception to the rule of complete confidentiality regarding release of the names of the victim (with the victim’s approval) and/or alleged assailant. See also the final paragraph under POLICY (above).

Step 4. Referral for support.

Verbal and written information about sources of support on campus and in the community are provided to the victim by the College Representative, either directly or through the campus individual representing the victim. Of particular value will be:

Project Sister Rape Crisis Hotline: 909.626.4357

Step 5. Referral for mediation or prosecution.

The College Representative provides the victim, directly or through the campus individual representing the victim, information about criminal and civil prosecution. If both the victim and alleged assailant are either an HMC student or employee, the College Representative provides information about the college’s disciplinary process and the availability of mediation. In the case of student victims, the Dean of Students office assists the victim in arranging accommodations of academic or housing difficulties that may arise because of the assault.

Step 6. Disciplinary status reporting to victim.

If the alleged assailant is a member of the College community, the College Representative, either directly or through the campus individual representing the victim, provides to the victim information about the status of any disciplinary hearings connected with the assault, and the results of any such actions.

Step 7. Provision for follow-up.

The College Representative, either directly or through the campus individual representing the victim, provides ongoing follow-up to the case on an as-needed basis, ensuring that the victim has access to the support services he/she needs.

Sep 2007 policies/sexual assault update