95.20 – Education/Prevention and Responding to Sexual Assault

February 10, 2011

A. Sexual Assault. A reasonable beginning point for understanding sexual assault is for someone to ask themselves if they felt any sense of violation or being disregarded during activities of a sexual nature. A series of behaviors by one person can create a sense of violation through disregarding the other person’s wishes.

Sexual assault is a term often used to describe various types of assaults committed by one person without the consent of the other person. For purposes of this policy, sexual assault is defined as an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct, or attempted sexual penetration or sexual conduct, that may involve the use of threats, force, violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation. It is also considered to be sexual assault when a person is unable to give consent due to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if a person is asleep, or otherwise impaired. These may differ from state and federal laws. The University strongly encourages anyone who feels they may have been a victim of sexual assault to report to local law enforcement and contact Violence Prevention Program for assistance and support. See section B-5.2.

B. Educational Programs. The University of Idaho (UI) houses its Violence Prevention Program within the Office of the Dean of Students. The Violence Prevention Program employs a full time director and a ½ time resource specialist to oversee sexual assault education and training within the campus community as well as providing advocacy and crisis services to students and employees. To provide a law enforcement perspective, Moscow Police Department (MPD) officers collaborate with some of the educational training.

The majority of the educational training provided by the Violence Prevention Program addresses rape awareness and risk reduction to reduce perpetration and victimization. In addition to the educational training, resources and materials for the reduction of dating violence and stalking are provided. The educational training comprises:

B-1. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for New Students

a. All in-coming new students attending orientation (1 hour) during fall and spring semester;

b. Orientation leader training (1 hour) during fall semester;

B-2. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education to Greek Recruitment

a. Men (2 hours) during fall semester;

b. Women (2 hours) during fall semester;

B-3. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for Parent Orientation during fall semester;

B-4. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for UI Counseling and Testing Center Pre-Doctoral Intern Training (1 hour) during fall semester;

B-5. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for ASUI Government Training on services and sexual harassment (2 hours) during fall semester and by request;

B-6. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for Judicial Officers and Judicial Board Training (1 hour) during fall semester;

B-7. B.E.A.R. (Brotherhood Empowerment Against Rape) Men’s Group

a. Twice a month educational meetings;

b. E-mail list;

c. Facebook presence;

d. Website;

e. On-site education and programming concerning risk reduction for Residence Life, Greek Organizations, Classroom, and Community Outreach (Junior High and High School) by request;

B-8. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for Residence Life Training for resident directors and resident assistants

a. Group training during fall semester and by request;

b. Individual training provided on an on-going basis;

B-9. Sexual Assault and Risk Reduction Awareness Education for Awareness Activities by BEAR members and Violence Prevention Program staff

a. Awareness Tables in various campus locations are set up throughout the academic year to provided resources, education, and promotion of outreach programs;

b. Outreach Programs

i. Take Back the Night occurs in the fall semester;

ii. Vagina Monologues occurs in the spring semester;

iii. Clothesline Project occurs in the fall and spring semester;

iv. White Ribbon Campaign occurs in the spring semester;

v. You Are Beautiful Campaign is an on-going program;

vi. Denim Day occurs on April 22;

vii. Day of Action occurs in the spring semester;

viii. Safe Spring Break occurs in the spring semester;

ix. Walk in her Shoes occurs in the fall semester;

x. Homecoming Parade with Alternatives To Violence of the Palouse occurs in the fall semester;

xi. BEAR Sponsored Media Promotion at athletic events

C. Procedures If Sexual Assault Occurs to You or Someone You Know.

C-1. Go to a place that is safe.

C-2. It is best that you DO NOT change your clothes, bathe, douche, go to the bathroom, drink, eat, or brush your teeth before you go to the hospital or to see a doctor. If you have already changed your clothes, place the worn clothing in a paper bag to take to the hospital. Also, un-washed sheets, other bed coverings or any items where critical DNA or other evidence may be found should be kept and given to the police. Evidence preservation is important in later pursuing a criminal case.

C-3. Seek medical treatment at the below locations or the nearest hospital.

Moscow: Gritman Medical Ctr.
804 S Washington Street
Moscow, ID
(208) 883-6476

Boise: St. Alphonsus
901 North Curtis Road
Boise, ID 83706-1342
(208) 367-3221

Boise: St. Luke’s
190 E Bannock Street
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 381-2611

Coeur d'Alene: Kootenai Medical Ctr.
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID
(208) 666-2000

Idaho Falls: Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Ctr.
3100 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, ID
(208) 529-6111

C-4. Contact a trained assistance provider at:

Moscow: 24 Hotline (208) 883-HELP (4357) - Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse

Boise: 24 hour Hotline (208) 345-7273 - Women's and Children's Alliance

Coeur d'Alene: Rape Crisis Line (208) 661-2522 - Coeur d'Alene Women's Center

Idaho Falls: Hotline/Crisis (208) 525-1831 - Rape Response & Crime Victim Center

C-5. Reporting a Sexual Assault to Authorities. Reporting a sexual assault may help to prevent another assault. Filing a report with a University staff member does not obligate the survivor to prosecute the accused party either through the legal system or the University Judicial Council. Filing a police report, however, will provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later. Survivors of sexual crimes can receive assistance reporting to law enforcement agencies.

1. Call 911, or 8-911 if the call is from the Idaho Falls Campus.

2. Reporting Assistance. Contact the Violence Prevention Program Office (208) 885-2956 or:

Moscow: 24 Hotline (208) 883-HELP (4357) - Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse

Boise: 24 hour Hotline (208) 345-7273 - Women's and Children's Alliance

Coeur d'Alene: Rape Crisis Line (208) 661-2522 - Coeur d'Alene Women's Center

Idaho Falls: Hotline/Crisis (208) 525-1831 - Rape Response & Crime Victim Center

D. Optional Law Enforcement Reporting. Students have an option to report a sexual assault to the MPD or the Latah County Sherriffs Office, depending on jurisdiction. MPD serves as the UI police response. Students can request support and accompaniment to report a sexual assault to the authorities. A police officer, detective or sheriff will take an initial crime report. If a rape exam is requested, the police may take a statement at the hospital or at a later time. This will be arranged with the survivor. After the initial statement there may be follow-up interviews to gather information for the crime report. Detectives will conduct an investigation, informing the survivor of the progress and any additional information needed. Students may contact the police directly or contact the 24 hour crisis line for Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse and an advocate will assist with making the report to authorities.

E. Services for Survivors.

E-1. Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse 24 hour/Crisis Response (208) 883-HELP (4357)

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse is a community-based crisis agency serving Latah and Whitman counties. Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence survivors may utilize these services, which include: 24 hour staffed crisis line, and accompaniment to hospital, investigative interviews, and court hearings. Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse advocates provide support and resources to students on and off campus.

E-2. Moscow Police Department (208) 883-7054 / 911

The people most capable of untangling these complex and complicated scenarios are well-trained detectives assigned to a law enforcement agency. Their background, training, and experience place them in an important social position to gather relevant details, identify and collect potential evidentiary sources, write detailed reports, identify and interview suspects, with the goal of completing a thorough investigation. It is important for the community to hold those who violate its standards accountable, as well as determining if the behaviors rise to the level of a criminal violation or not. These goals can only be reached through the cooperation of community members bringing suspected wrong behaviors to the attention of those trained to investigate and document them. The MPD has trained detectives who respond to the reports of sexual assault.

E-3. Medical treatment provides medical care and forensic exams to survivors of sexual assault. The emergency department has trained doctors and nurses that perform the exams.

Moscow: Gritman Medical Ctr.
804 S Washington Street
Moscow, ID
(208) 882-4511

Boise: Treasure Valley Hospital
8800 Emerald
Boise, ID
(208) 373-5000

Coeur d'Alene: Kootenai Medical Ctr.
2003 Lincoln Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID
(208) 666-2000

Idaho Falls: Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Ctr.
3100 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, ID
(208) 529-6111

E-4. University of Idaho Student Health Center, (208) 885 6693.

Provides medical care for students covered under SHIP (student health insurance program).

E-5. University of Idaho College of Law Victims' Rights Clinic (208) 885-6541.

The Victims' Rights Clinic is staffed by third year law students with limited licenses to practice law issued by the Idaho Supreme Court. The students provide legal services to crime survivors under the direct supervision of an experienced attorney. Some of the services include enforcing your rights as a crime survivor, help with restitution, accompaniment and representation in court proceedings, and referrals to other agencies for services.

E-6. University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center, (208) 885-6716.

Licensed psychologists provide confidential services to students. Crisis appointments are available as well as individual and group counseling. Services are free and confidential. Students can experience a variety of difficulties after an assault and may find it helpful to work with a professional for support and assistance.

E-7. University Resources/Violence Prevention Program, (208) 885-2956, Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 pm.

The Violence Prevention Program is housed in the office of the Dean of Students Staff provides onsite support and assistance to anyone who reports a sexual assault. Services are also available for friends and family who may also be affected by these violations. Services include; working collaboratively to inform the student of available options, resources and referrals. Staff works closely with university judicial affairs to determine if the report violates the student code of conduct (FSH 2300). Violence Prevention Program staff also provide education and training for the campus and community regarding issues of sexual assault.

E-8. Educational Programs/Brotherhood Empowerment Against Rape/BEAR, (208) 885-2095, Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 pm.

The Violence Prevention Program oversees the BEAR peer education group that provides assistance and educational programming to students about sexual assault and gendered violence.

E-9. Women's and Children's Alliance, Boise 24 hour Hotline (208) 345-7273.

Since 1980, the Women's & Children's Alliance (WCA) has been in the forefront of providing services to women and their children escaping violent circumstances. Since that time, the WCA's crisis program has evolved into one of the most vital, unduplicated, comprehensive programs in our community and region. The Women's and Children's Alliance is proud to be a community leader in providing critically needed services to women and children victimized by domestic and sexual violence and was recently approved as a specialty substance abuse provider for pregnant and parenting women and women with children.

E-10. Coeur d'Alene Women's Center Rape Crisis Line, Coeur d'Alene, (208) 661-2522.

The Women's Center provides 24-hour crisis intervention to people in need due to domestic or sexual violence. The Women's Center has been assisting families in crisis as a result of violence since 1977. It is a non-profit agency with services provided free of charge. The Women's Center is victim advocacy-based and maintains confidentiality for its clients.

E-11. Rape Response & Crime Victim Center, Idaho Falls, (208) 525-1831.

The Rape Response & Crime Victim Center has been serving victims since January 1979. The purpose of this program is to aid crime victims by using self-help techniques taught to victims by trained advocates, and making our community a safer place.

F. Survivor Academic and Living Arrangements.

F-1. Academic Changes. The Violence Prevention Program will assist the survivor of an alleged sexual assault in changing classes if the alleged offender is also in that class. The alleged offender may be moved due to a criminal report or a no contact order being issued through a law enforcement agency or the courts. With the survivor's permission, the Violence Prevention Program will inform the faculty and instructors of the need for additional assistance or resources.

F-2. Living Changes. The Violence Prevention Program will work with Residence Life or the Greek advisor to accommodate a living change, including requesting refunds or reducing additional fees.

G. Procedures for Disciplinary Action for Alleged Sexual Assault.

G-1. The student judicial system is described in FSH 2400. Disciplinary hearings and procedures are set forth in FSH 2200 Section IV. Both the accused party and the survivor will be allowed to choose one person to accompany them throughout the University Judicial Council process, including the hearing, as a support person. This regulation is in addition to both students' rights to legal representation in this process.

G-2. Both the survivor and accused party will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. Such disclosure is mandated by 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(8), and does not violate privacy rules associated with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

H. Sanctions regarding rape, acquaintance rape or other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses. A student found guilty of violating the University sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the University for even a first offense.

I. Registered Sex Offenders. In accordance to the "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the University of Idaho, Emergency and Security Department has provided a link to the Idaho State Police website for Registered Sex Offenders through the University of Idaho Security website. The Registered Sex Offender information, and the maintenance of that information, is the responsibility of the Idaho State Police.

The University notifies the campus community annually in the Policies and Information of Interest to Students handbook and Information for Employees Relative to Campus Security and Substance Abuse of the location of the registry.