As defined by University policy, sexual misconduct by or against a student is prohibited.
Sexual Misconduct is an umbrella term that includes any non-consensual sexual activity that is committed by force or fear or mental or physical incapacitation, including through the use of alcohol or drugs. Sexual misconduct can vary in its severity and consists of a range of behavior, including rape, statutory rape (sexual contact with a person under 18 years old), sexual touching, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and conduct suggestive of attempting to commit any of the aforementioned acts. For more detailed information on the University's definitions and policies regarding sexual misconduct please refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Tiger Lore Student Handbook.
Procedures for Victims
Immediate Action: The student is encouraged to discuss the assault confidentially with the Pacific Student Victim Advocate or a therapist from Counseling and Psychological Services. The student may also consider seeking assistance and support from someone he or she trusts, such as a friend, coach, faculty member, or other University staff member; however, these individuals are not confidential resources and are required to report the incident as required by the Clery Act.
For emergency assistance, the student may contact:
Pacific Student Victim Advocate 209.403.0250
Counseling Services 209.946.2315 ext.2
Residence Director on Call 209.401.9854
Department of Public Safety 209.946.3911
Women's Center of San Joaquin County 209.465.4997. The Women's Center of San Joaquin County, which serves males as well as females, has a 24-hour rape crisis advocate who can offer assistance.
Medical Attention: The student should seek immediate medical attention at San Joaquin County General Hospital (209.468.6000) within 72 hours of the assault. The medical exam includes checking for injuries, screening for sexually transmitted infections, gathering evidence, providing medications with follow-up care, and preserving a legal chain of command of the evidence. Evidence collected during the exam will be preserved in the event the student decides at a later point to press charges. Filing a police report at the hospital will ensure the student is not charged for any treatment. The student may ask for an advocate (both are confidential) from either the Women's Center of San Joaquin County (209.465.4997) or the University's Victim Advocate (209.403.0250) to offer support at the hospital. Cowell Wellness Center is available to provide follow-up non-evidentiary medical tests and medications (209.946.2315 ext. 1).
Preserving Evidence: Students should attempt to preserve evidence at the scene in the following ways: leave the scene undisturbed to allow professionals to collect the evidence; if not able to leave the scene undisturbed the student may collect bedding and/or other loose fabrics in the immediate area of the assault which should be stored in a paper bag (not plastic); for evidence; if a prophylactic device of any type was used and remains at the scene of the incident, the student should attempt to retrieve it and/or any other debris and preserve it in a paper bag, do not bathe, urinate, douche, brush her/his teeth, drink liquids, or change clothing before seeking medical attention at a hospital; if the student has already changed clothes, she/he should bring all the original clothing to the hospital in a paper bag; all evidentiary materials should be placed in separate paper bags to prevent cross contamination of evidence. Plastic bags damage evidence.
Pacific's Women's Resource Center works in collaboration with campus and community entities to raise awareness and to deliver prevention education and training on sexual assault and intimate partner violence. In addition to annual, on-going activities, major new programs include: curricular infusion of sexual violence prevention education into the first-year Pacific Seminar course (see assessment results from year one HERE), mandatory on-line prevention training for incoming students and the Student-to-Student (S2S) Peer Education Program.
CLICK HERE for more detailed information about Pacific's policies, procedures and support services, and ways the University is working to address sexual violence on campus.