Reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence is the survivor’s choice. Every survivor’s experience and life circumstances are different and the choice is theirs. A university or local Victim Advocate and/or any SART member can assist you at any point in the reporting process outlined below.
Confidential reporting, meaning you can disclose in complete confidence, can be made to on and off campus support centers, including SCSU Counseling Services, SCSU Health Services, 24 hour hotline staff members, and clergy. Please see the list of SART members and those who are identified as "CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCE"
The SART members will keep confidentiality to the best of their ability. Details of the crime that are shared with staff members of the university community, including SART members, who do not have confidentiality are mandated to report this information. However, providing the details of a crime is NOT necessary for SART members to assist survivors. SART has members from Counseling Services and Health Services who DO have confidentiality, and all other SART members can support/advocate for survivors, but a survivor should not provide unsolicited information such as names, dates, location, etc. to them unless they want this information to be reported to University Police.
Policy on RETALIATION
Swift and appropriate action will be taken against any member of the University community who is found to have retaliated against any other member of the University community because she/he reported Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence (Dating or Domestic Violence) or Stalking, assisted in the investigation of a Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence or Stalking complaint, or testified or otherwise participated in a proceeding or hearing relating to an allegation of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence or Stalking within the University. Retaliation may include, but is not limited to, any form of hostility, intimidation, reprisal or harassment.
University Police Website Office of Judicial Affairs Website
In cases of an alleged sexual offense, when the accused is a student, both the victim and the accused are entitled to have others present during a judicial disciplinary hearing. Please click here to see SCSU Students' Title IX Rights
University Police Website Office of Diversity and Equity Web Site
Off Campus Incidents
To file criminal charges regarding sexual violence that occurred off campus, call the local police where the incident occurred. The police will investigate the crime and determine the criminal charges. Then the State's Attorney will decide whether or not there is enough evidence to prosecute. This can result in a trial or plea bargain.
The Women & Families Center: Sexual Assault Crisis Services has court victim advocates that are available to support you during this process. For further information, call (203) 624-4576. The University Police and University Victim Advocate will assist the student in these cases, if requested, and able according to University Policy and state law.