Rape is generally defined as forced sexual intercourse that is perpetrated against the will of the victim. The most prevalent form of rape on college campuses is acquaintance rape. Acquaintance rape is a sexual assault form committed by someone the victim knows. Other forms of sexual assault such as sexual battery, which is generally defined as unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person are also violations of the law. Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. A complete University Policy on sexual harassment is included in the VCSU Student Handbook and the VCSU Manual. For the purpose of reporting sex crimes, Valley City State University will document and report statistics in the categories of forcible sex offenses and non-forcible sex offenses.
DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AND THE CRIMINAL PROCESS
Campus sexual assault is both a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and a violation of local, state, and federal laws. A sexual assault offense can lead to two proceedings: 1) a campus disciplinary hearing as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct; and 2) a criminal court case against the assailant. In criminal proceedings, the same laws and penalties apply to sexual assault by a stranger as by an acquaintance of the victim. Because the standard of proof requirements differ between criminal proceedings and campus judicial hearings, a student could be found guilty by a campus hearing body even though charges are not filed in a criminal court. Students are to refer to the VCSU Student Handbook for a complete description of the Student Code of Conduct and the University Judicial Council.
RIGHTS OF VICTIMS
In order to encourage students to report sexual offenses and to ensure fairness in the university judicial process, victims of sexual assaults are entitled to the following rights:
It is very important for students to know that if they are the victim of a sexual assault, there are a number of options available for reporting the incident. By reporting the incident to any of the following parties, you will receive support, encouragement and assistance with the options available to you.
Educational programs and activities that promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses are offered on campus each year. Programs are specifically designed for residence hall staff training and presentations are made in the residence halls and for the general campus population throughout the year. Materials, posters, and brochures are available throughout the campus. The Abused Persons Outreach Center provides a half-time Campus Advocate staff member to VCSU. The Campus Advocate provides direct services to victims as well as educational programs and activities for the campus.
Sponsored by: Vice President for Student Affairs
Reviewed: Winter 1996
Revised: July 2001
Revised Number: February 2010
Revised: January 2012