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Sexual Assault, Domestic and Dating Violence, and Stalking Prevention and Response

 

Avila University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in Avila University’s programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment, abuse, assault, exploitation or intimidation.

Sexual misconduct or harassment are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Avila University. Accordingly, Avila University urges an individual to make a formal report if that individual is the victim of sexual misconduct or harassment, has knowledge of another person being the victim of sexual misconduct or harassment, or believes in good faith that he/she has witnessed a possible warning sign of sexual misconduct or harassment. A report of sexual misconduct or harassment will be dealt with promptly. Confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.

All members of Avila University’s community, including but not limited to students, faculty (including adjunct faculty), staff, volunteers and independent contractors are subject to this policy.
 

What Do I Do If I Am Sexually Assaulted?

  1. Go with your instincts. Whatever you decide to do is a decision you must feel comfortable with. You will react to the crime in the way that makes the most sense to you at the time. 
  2. Get to a safe place—a friend’s house or any place where people can give you emotional support. 
  3. For survivors of Sexual Assault:
    • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA): 24-hour Crisis Line: 816-531-0233 or 913-642-0233 or Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 24-hour Phone Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or 24-hour Online Hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online.rainn.org/ for confidential counseling, assistance and referra
    • For survivors of Dating/Domestic Violence
    • Hope House: 24-hour Crisis Line: 816-461-4673 or The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or www.thehotline.org for confidential counseling, assistance and referral. 
  4. Seek medical help immediately for the treatment of any injuries.
  5. Sexual Assault: If you do plan to report the incident to authorities, there is an additional reason to seek medical attention. Medical evidence can be collected. For preservation of evidence, it is recommended to not douche, bathe, shower or change your clothes before seeking medical attention.
  6. Avila encourages the preservation of evidence and information immediately following an incident. It is extremely important, and what is done with the evidence and information can be determined by the reporting party of the crime, but it is recommended to be preserved at that time.
  7. If you feel comfortable, report the incident to Campus Safety (816-985-6079) and/or Kansas City Police (816-234-5550). This is your decision. While the University recommends that the Campus Safety department and local law enforcement are both notified, you have the choice to decline notifying either or both. If you don’t feel comfortable reporting, that’s okay, there is no time limit on when a report of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and/or stalking have to be made.
  8. Whether or not you decide to report the crime or participate in legal action you may seek counseling. Counseling can be beneficial as you work through your reaction to sexual assault.
    • On-Campus: Professional counseling is available on-campus through the Counseling and Career Services Center (816-501-3767
    • Local Sexual Assault Agency: MOCSA (816-531-0233)
    • Local Domestic Violence Agency: Hope House (816-461-4673 
    • Local LGBTQ Agency: KCAVP (816-561-2755) 
    • National Resource: RAINN (1-800-656-HOPE)
  9. File a report following the judicial process if the perpetrator is part of the Avila community. An investigation for appropriate disciplinary action under the University’s conduct system will occur.
  10. Tell your story soon to avoid forgetting details. Alternatively, write out the details for yourself or use a tape recorder.
  11. Take whatever steps are necessary to work through the assault. This might include talking to your partner, friend or counselor about your feelings. Resume your normal routine as much as possible.  

Procedures for Dealing with Sexual Offenses On-Campus

A student in possible violation of an all-campus regulation is subject to a hearing and possible disciplinary action via the University’s Conduct Process. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action that may include termination, expulsion, suspension, removal from campus, cancellation of contract, other appropriate institutional sanctions or any other means necessary to address the behavior. Prosecution by civil authorities may also occur.

One of the Title IX co-Coordinator will assign a designee to investigate and then a different designee will be the hearing officer for grievances brought by students against students.

 

Click here to read additional information in the Student Handbook (PDF - page 38).

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