Reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking
Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking should get to a place of safety immediately and should obtain necessary medical treatment at once. Victims should report the incident as soon as possible, since time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings or obtaining protection from abuse orders related to the incident more difficult.
If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding an incident, he or she nevertheless should consider speaking with Campus Safety Services or other law enforcement to preserve evidence for later reconsideration.
Assistance for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking victims
Whether or not a victim elects to report the offense to police, to the extent of the victim’s cooperation and consent, university offices, including Campus Safety Services, Tuttleman Counseling Services, the Wellness Resource Center, and the special services manager at Campus Safety Services will work cooperatively to ensure that the complainant’s health, physical safety and academic status are protected, pending the outcome of a formal university investigation of the complaint.
For example, if reasonably available, an accused person may be offered changes to academic, work or living situations in addition to counseling, health services and assistance in notifying appropriate local law enforcement, if so desired.
Student counseling services are available at Tuttleman Counseling Services. Within Tuttleman Counseling Services, if the victim requests it, the Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) coordinator can coordinate assistance and support for persons who report being victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, including coordination of matters relating to the person’s physical and mental health, personal safety and academic status. The SACE coordinator can keep conversations and interactions with victims of sexual violence confidential.
A victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking can obtain additional support through the Wellness Resource Center, or from Sandra Foehl, the university’s Title IX officer, who is located in the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance.
Due to various reporting requirements, the Wellness Resource Center personnel and the Title IX coordinator will handle all information they receive discreetly. However, their interactions with a victim are not confidential. Protection from abuse orders may be available through an appropriate court. Campus Safety Services can also issue preliminary orders requiring two parties not interact with one another.
Temple University is aware of the sensitive nature of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking complaints and can make accommodations to address the victim’s need for separation from the accused, while also balancing the rights of the accused.
University internal investigations and any disciplinary or remedial actions are independent of any civil, criminal or external administrative investigation. The university may pursue an investigation, take appropriate remedial action and/or impose disciplinary sanctions against a member of the university community at the same time the individual is facing criminal charges for the same incident, even if the criminal prosecution is pending, has been dismissed, or the charges have been reduced.
A student or employee who reports that they have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, will be provided with a written explanation of the rights and options available to them at the university.