In the case of a sexual assault on campus, the University simultaneously attempts to respect the individual's privacy, as well as the community's need to protect themselves from potential danger. With all sexual assaults, the survivor will be informed of the counseling, health, legal options and resources.
The protocol in notifying the RWU community depends upon the perceived risk to the community. If the public safety can be improved by the notification to the community, then it will done.
In the case of a sexual assault or rape perpetrated by a stranger, the potential danger to the community needs to be considered. When the victim reports the sexual assault to any official of the University, the victim needs to know that:
In the case of an acquaintance rape, the protocol is much different. When the victim reports the rape to any official of the University, the victim's identity will remain confidential. However, the victim needs to be aware that the official must notify the director of Public Safety and let them know that the sexual assault has occurred for statistical purposes (which is a federal requirement known as the Clery Act).
If the victim does not wish to press charges with the local police, she can still report it to the RWU Judicial Office. All services of the University will be available to the victim (e.g., counseling and health services) independent of her decision to report it.
Being accused of sexual assault is a frightening, confusing and lonely experience. You may need emotional and legal assistance to cope with the feelings and the judicial procedures associated with the charges. Two possible resources for you on campus include:
RWU Center for Counseling and Student Development
RWU Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards