Reporting Sexual Assault and Xavier University's Institutional Response

Xavier University recognizes that confidentiality in cases of sexual assault, especially those committed by an acquaintance, is extremely important to the victim, and every effort will be made by the university to maintain this confidentiality. Victims are encouraged to report sexual assaults to both the Campus Police and the local police department (i.e., Cincinnati or Norwood Police). University Police officials will facilitate contact with the local police department at the victim's request.

Persons who are uncertain of what to do following a sexual assault should contact the Xavier University Advocacy and Prevention Coordinator. The Advocacy and Prevention Coordinator can be reached directly Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm through the XU campus advocacy helpline at 513-904-9013. This helpline can also be used to schedule an appointment if you are more comfortable talking with an advocate in person. An advocate will make every effort to meet at the earliest convenience of the person seeking support. An advocate can also be reached in the office at 513-745-2866 or via email at scarberryp@xavier.edu. Please remember that email is not appropriate for confidential discussions. For immediate support after hours, contact Women Helping Women's 24-Hour Crisis Line at 513-381-5610.

If the victim wishes, the university police department or the Cincinnati/Norwood Police Department can investigate the incident. The Xavier Police department will facilitate contact with the local police, EMS services, university counselors, or other university officials. If possible, the victim should complete a written statement including the description of the attacker (if his or her identity is unknown or uncertain), the location of the attack, and the details of what occurred. This information will be helpful in a university proceeding or a court case. The victim's identity will remain confidential regardless of the responding or investigation authority.

The wishes of a victim who does not want to report a sexual assault to the local police will prevail unless senior university officials believe the seriousness of the assault warrants police involvement due to the potential threat to others. If the sexual assault was perpetrated by a stranger to the victim and the incident is reported to university authorities (excluding counselors), the circumstances may warrant the publication of a "Safety Bulletin" in order to notify the Xavier Community to be aware and exercise extreme caution (i.e., if the perpetrator is not apprehended and poses a continuing threat to the community). The victim's identity will not be released.

Victims are encouraged to seek prompt medical attention (preferably at University Hospital) following an assault whether or not he/she intends to report the assault to authorities. Medical evaluation will allow the assessment, treatment and documentation of any physical injuries, as well treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Should the victim decide to proceed with criminal and or civil charges against the assailant, a medical-legal specimen may be taken for evidentiary purposes.

Sexual assaults allegedly perpetrated by other members of the university community that are reported to other university officials in order to initiate complaint procedures will be handled in the manner described under Xavier's Code of Student Conduct or the Sexual Harassment Policy. A complaint against a university employee or staff member should be reported to the Director of Human Resources at 513 745-3638.