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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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