Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
The University offers educational and informational programs dealing with sexual misconduct, alcohol and high-risk behavior and related topics during new student orientation sessions and workshops. Throughout the year, other programs addressing sexual assault, date rape and other forms of sexual misconduct are offered to both male and female students, in an effort to decrease the likelihood of rape and sexual assault occurring on the campus or to our students.
A resource guide dealing with sexual violence is available at the Student Life Office. The "Reducing Sexual Conduct: A Guide for Men & Women" brochure contains definitions of sex crimes, information for survivors and the accused, disciplinary procedures and prevention of sex crimes.
Sexual assault is a violent crime. The University takes very seriously every reported case of rape, attempted rape or other forms of sexual violence. If you are the victim of sexual violence, contact Public Safety immediately. Public Safety will notify the Redlands Police Department which will conduct a criminal investigation of the incident. Timely reporting of an incident will enable law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation and collect and preserve potential items of evidence. Public Safety will also contact San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services, which provides an advocate who can give the survivor advice on counseling and medical assistance. Even though the police will take a report, they will strongly consider your desires when deciding whether or not to file criminal charges.
The Office of the Dean of Student Life also will be contacted to assist you in contacting professionals, family or friends that you may need for emotional support. The Dean's office will also make or assist in making any changes in the survivor's academic and/or living situations after an alleged sex offense if those changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available.
An official complaint filed with Student Life will begin campus disciplinary proceedings against the accused. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense. A student found responsible for violating the University sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted, and may be suspended or expelled from the University for the first offense. More information on this process is contained in the Code of Student Conduct.
Remember, reporting the crime does not lock you into a course of action, but it does preserve your rights. You have the right to change your mind about participating in criminal or university proceedings at any time.