Frequently Asked Questions-Complainants

What should I do immediately after experiencing sexual assault? 

1. Get to a safe location. Dial 911 or Campus Safety at 303.458.4122 to assist with safety and medical concerns.

2. Contact someone you trust for support. Be aware that some staff members, faculty, and your RA will need to report some information you share with them. If you would like confidential and privileged support, please contact:

a. Assistant Director of Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention 303.458.4029

b. Office of Counseling and Personal Development: 303.458.3507 

c. University Ministry: 303.458.4153

d. Blue Bench 24-Hour Hotline: 303.322.7273

3. Consider seeking medical attention. It is best to seek out a hospital or emergency room with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.

4. At SANE program locations, you have the option to receive a medical forensic examination, even if you do not want to report the incident to law enforcement at the time. Any collected evidence will be preserved for at least two years, in case you decide to report to the police at a later date. See a list of Hospitals that provide SANE examinations in Appendix E, Resources.

5. Regardless of your choice to receive a medical forensic exam, it is important to seek medical attention in order to treat injuries and exposure to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).Testing for possible drugs used to facilitate a sexual assault may also be available.

Please review additional information under "Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams."

What happens if I was under the influence or alcohol or drugs when the incident occurred?
No one deserves to be assaulted, no matter what the situation. Law enforcement and Regis University will not enforce punishment for underage drinking if there is a greater crime involved, such as sexual assault. For many reasons, survivors may hesitate to come forward if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the assault. Many worry about reporting because they may not remember everything or may blame themselves for being intoxicated. Don’t let this get in the way of reporting a sexual assault. The focus should be on the behavior of the one who assaulted, not the survivor. An individual who is physically incapacitated cannot legally consent to sexual contact. No matter what you decide to do, remember that it was not your fault.

What happens if the respondent was under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
The use of alcohol and/or drugs by either party will not diminish an individual’s responsibility for abstaining from violent behavior or their responsibility to obtain affirmative consent for sexual activity. For instance, an individual’s responsibility is not diminished if they were severely intoxicated, drove drunk and caused harm to another driver.

What is A Civil Protection Order?
Civil Protection Orders, also known as restraining orders, are civil court orders to stop specific acts against protected individuals (called a “Protected Person”). A “Restrained Person” can be restrained from: contacting, harassing, injuring, intimidating, molesting, threatening, touching, stalking, sexually assaulting or abusing any Protected Person. A Restrained Person may also be prohibited from coming within a specified distance of a protected person or premise, such as the protected person’s home, school or place of employment.

How do I obtain a Civil Protection Order?
Civil Protection Orders can be filed with the court in any county where the incident(s) occurred, or in any county where one of the parties resides, or in any county where one of the parties is employed. For more information on filing a protection order in Colorado, visit: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Self_Help/protectionorders/
You may also seek assistance with filing a Protection Order from Regis University’s Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention Program or from Project Safeguard, a local nonprofit. Please see Appendix E for program contact information. Should you file an order, you may provide a copy to Regis University’s Department of Campus Safety to assist with enforcement of the order on University property.

Will my parents or family members be told?
No, only you can decide if and when to tell family members. The University’s primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. However, university officials may disclose information if a life threatening health or safety concern exists. In the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents.

Do I have to name the perpetrator?

Yes, if you want formal disciplinary action to be taken against the respondent. No, if you choose to respond informally and do not file a formal complaint (but you should consult the confidentiality sections in this policy to better understand the University’s legal obligations depending on what information you share with different University officials). Complainants should be aware that not identifying the respondent may limit the institution’s ability to respond comprehensively.  

Will the accused individual know my identity?
Yes, if you request the incident be investigated or action be taken against the respondent. Sexual misconduct is a serious allegation and the accused individual has the right to know the identity of the complainant and the opportunity to respond.

If you do not want to accused individual to know your identity you may choose to respond informally (such as contacting listed confidential resources) or request accommodations such as housing assistance or re-arranging your class schedule. Accommodations may be requested from the EO & Title IX office at 303.964.6435. Please note, this is not a confidential resource. To discuss accommodations with a confidential resource first, contact Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention at 303.458.4029.

How do I make a report?
On Campus: You can speak to any confidential resource to help you decide if you’d like to report and/or to assist you in making a report.

Confidential resources are:
Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention: 303.458.4029 or amccarthy001@regis.edu
The Office of Counseling and Personal Development: 303.458.3507
University Ministry and Jesuits: 303.458.4153 (Peer Ministers are not confidential)
Health Services: 303.458.4153
You can speak to any mandatory reporter you trust (such as faculty or Residence Hall staff). Ultimately, they will report the incident to the EO & Title IX coordinator, who you can contact directly: 303.964.6435

Preserving Evidence: Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence and Stalking

How can I best preserve any evidence of sexual assault?

Preserving evidence, such as clothing, sheets, text messages, or other contact is helpful if you are considering an investigation, criminal case or obtaining a protection order. Though your first thought may be to dispose of these items or to shower, hold onto the evidence and wait to shower until after the SANE/SAFE exam. Most importantly, even if you decide to shower or dispose of evidence, you still have the option to report to the police and evidence may still be collected. In addition:

• Go as soon as possible, preferably within the next 72 hours to the nearest local hospital with an appropriate Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (SANE). You have the option to complete a medical forensic exam to collect evidence, evaluate and treat injuries and/or receive preventative care for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  At SANE program locations, you have the option to receive a medical forensic examination, even if you do not want to report the incident to law enforcement at the time. Any collected evidence will be preserved for at least two years, in case you decide to report to the police at a later date.

• The University has signed an agreement with a local transportation service and will give you a voucher that you can use to get to the hospital and to come back to campus, if appropriate. Campus Safety, Student Housing & Residential Engagement staff, Student Health Services, or the Asst. Director of Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention are able to assist you.

• If you have changed your clothes since the assault, bring the clothing you had at the time of the assault to the hospital in a paper grocery bag or wrap them in a clean sheet (do not use plastic bags). The Hospital will request to collect the clothes you were wearing as evidence.

• If you want to preserve the evidence of a sexual assault try not to: 

• Bathe or shower 

• Brush your teeth  

• Use the restroom

• Change clothes

• Comb hair

• Clean up the area where the assault occurred

• Move anything the respondent may have touched. You may also consider preserving text messages and/or other electronic communications with the respondent. They may serve as evidence in your case. 

• Even if you choose do these things (like shower) evidence may still be collected and you are encouraged to seek assistance accordingly.

How can I best preserve any evidence of relationship violence and stalking? 

Properly documenting all incidents is important to illustrate a pattern of behavior necessary for an investigation or for obtaining a Civil Protection Order. A victim advocate or advisor may assist you with gathering all relevant information. You may consider:

1. Keeping an incident or behavior log to document stalking or relationship violence. An example of a log can be found at victimsofcrime.org.

2. Contacting witnesses who saw the stalking behavior, abuse, or your injuries. These individuals may testify in your hearing. 

3. Preserve evidence and documentation of stalking or abuse, including:

  • Text messages, emails, social media content and other screenshots;
  • Copies of police reports or medical reports;
  • Photographs of injuries, damage to objects or other items within your residence;
  • Threatening voicemails or other audio/video; and
  • Anything else that might help the judge make a decision.

Frequently Asked Questions-Respondents

There are resources available to you to assist individuals accused of discrimination or sexual misconduct during the EO & Title IX process. An advisor or confidential resource can also help you navigate your options.

What do I do if I am accused of discrimination or sexual misconduct?
It is important that you do not contact the complainant.

In cases of sexual misconduct, you may immediately want to contact someone who can act as your advisor. Anyone may serve as your advisor or you may choose to select a University staff person trained as an advisor, which are listed in the Resources for Respondents section. 

As outlined through this policy, individuals accused of discrimination or sexual misconduct have rights under this Policy. Read the University Policy carefully and get informed about your rights. The EO & Title IX Coordinator is also available to explain the University’s procedures for addressing discrimination and/or sexual misconduct complaints and to answer any questions you may have. 

Interim measures, depending on the circumstances, may be available to you during the course of an investigation. You are also encouraged to notify the EO & Title IX Coordinator of any concerns that arise as a result of the investigation, such as with your class schedule, University activities, coursework or housing arrangements. 

If you feel you have been harassed as the result of these allegations, please promptly report these incidents to the EO & Title IX Coordinator.

It is important that you save any information you believe is relevant to disputing the allegations, such as text messages or social media messages. You will also have the opportunity to respond to the allegations, which may include presenting relevant information and requesting that the investigator speak with witnesses. 

Emotional and confidential support is available to you on campus and in the community. See the Resources tab for more information. 

Will my parents or family members be told?
No, not unless you tell them, however, University officials may disclose information if a life threatening health or safety concern exists. Whether you are the complainant or the respondent, the University’s primary relationship is to the student and not to the parent. However, in the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. University officials may also directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student. A student must make this request to the EO & Title IX Coordinator and sign appropriate consent forms to allow such communication. 

What happens if I was under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
The use of alcohol and/or drugs by either party will not diminish an individual’s responsibility for abstaining from violent behavior or their responsibility to obtain affirmative consent for sexual activity. For instance, an individual’s responsibility is not diminished if they caused harm to another driver after driving while intoxicated. 

Emotional Support and Counseling:
We highly recommend that you seek support. The University provides multiple options for support including counseling through The Office of Counseling and Personal Development and University Ministry. University personnel on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality, depending on their roles. An employee’s duty to report may vary based on the law, the situation and the employee’s role.

What shall I do if I witness or know about sexual harassment, violence or misconduct of another person?

Witnessing sexual harassment, sexual violence or misconducts can be a very difficult experience and your response to it may be critical to the outcome of the situation. The first priority is to make sure that you and the complainant are safe. If needed, call 911 to get police assistance or call University Campus Safety at 303.458.4122. Listen carefully and compassionately to the complainant, don’t touch them without their consent, and avoid making any judgmental comments. Make sure that the complainant has complete information about all the resources available and help complainants to understand their choices related to getting medical assistance, emotional support and reporting the incident. If you can, offer your help in getting the complainant to support resources. Write down detailed information about the allegation such as place, time, names of everybody involved, witnesses and what has happened. You may need it later. Remember not to assure confidentiality to the complainant, you may need to report it later. If you are unsure of what you should do, please contact the Asst. Director of Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention.



Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams

Medical care and evidence collection following a sexual assault are available and do not require participation in a law enforcement or university investigation. Medical care and evidence collection should be sought as soon as possible, generally within 7 days after the incident. Individuals in the Denver Metro area seeking medical care following a sexual assault are encouraged to go to:

Denver Health Medical Center Emergency Department

7777 Bannock St. Denver, CO 80204

Located in the Main Entrance, Pavilion A

303.436.6000

Sexual assault medical care is available at Denver Health 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. No appointment is necessary. 

The Asst. Director of Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention or advocates on The Blue Bench 24/7 hotline are available to discuss medical options. They can also help identify an alternative hospital with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) if Denver Health is not a convenient option. 

Transportation Options

Regis University staff on the Northwest Denver campus are available to assist you with identifying and providing transportation options for medical care related to a sexual assault. Taxi vouchers and help with transportation can be provided through the following departments: 

Student Health Services : 303.458.3558 (during business hours)

Asst. Director of Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention  303.458.4029 (during business hours)

Department of Campus Safety 303.458.4122 (available 24/7)

The on-call Residence Life Coordinator (accessible to residents through any Resident Assistant).

Public transportation from the Northwest Denver Campus to Denver Health Medical Center is available by way of RTD Bus 52, with stops within a short walking distance of both locations. 

For more information about public transportation options, please visit the RTD Website