College Response to Incidents of Sexual Assault, Dating, Domestic Violence & Stalking
The College defines the following procedures to be used by all College representatives when contacted by alleged victims/survivors of sexual assault, dating & domestic violence, and stalking. College representatives should seek to assist victims/survivors in regaining control of their lives. To the extent possible, victims/survivors should be encouraged to make their own decisions and choices following a sexual assault. The College representative’s first concern shall be for the medical or psychological welfare of the person. If the individual is in a crisis warranting immediate intervention, the College representative must follow departmental emergency procedures and/or call the Peralta Sheriff Department at (510) 466-7236. The campus representative should provide a safe, private and comfortable place for the victim/survivor in which to discuss the options available and reach a decision.
Listed below are the steps that shall be taken by a College representative/Crisis Responder if a Laney College student, faculty, staff, administrator, visitor, or invitee discloses that she/he was a victim/survivor of sexual assault, dating & domestic violence, or stalking on campus:
Step 1: Attend to the immediate emotional crisis. Listen with compassion and ask the individual what she/he may need.
Step 2: Communicate to the victim/survivor the importance of medical and emotional attention and discuss whether immediate assistance is needed. Medical attention is vital for detecting and treating a range of medical concerns, including sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and injuries. Treatment for HIV prevention must be administered within seventy‐two (72) hours after the rape, the sooner the better. Preventive measures against pregnancy and treatments for sexually transmitted infections must begin as soon as possible
Seeking medical treatment and permitting the collection of medical evidence does not commit the victim/survivor to making a police report. At a later time, however, if the victim/survivor chooses to report to the police, physical evidence collected soon after the assault will maximize the effectiveness of the legal proceedings.
The need for immediate medical attention can be met at the Laney Wellness Center, whether or not a victim/survivor decides to make a police report. However, there is no need to go to the Laney Wellness Center first. Victims/survivors who agree to seek initial medical assistance following a sexual assault are referred to the Highland Hospital Sexual Assault Center without showering, cleaning up, or changing clothes as doing these things could destroy evidence.
If transportation is needed, the Vice President of Student Services or designee, or the Laney Wellness Center will coordinate transportation to a medical facility. The Laney College Sheriff Department or San Bruno Police Department also can provide transportation. Additionally, the Laney Wellness Center will provide follow‐up testing and health care of registered students who are, or have been, victims/survivors of sexual assaults, regardless of where or when the assaults took place. Emotional attention and support can be obtained by the Laney Mental Health Counselor, Lisa Sawadogo at 510 464-3535.
Step 3: Determine whether the victim/survivor wishes to report the incident to the Laney College Sheriff Department or a local police department. The role of law enforcement is to fully investigate and document all reports of sexual violence.
The victim’s/survivor’s request for anonymity and confidentiality is to be honored to the extent permitted by law and College policy (see 2.5 Confidentiality). It is important for the victim/survivor to know that there is a seventy‐two (72) hour time period in which important forensic evidence (e.g., sperm and/or skin fragments for DNA identification of an assailant) can be collected and later used in judicial procedures if the survivor desires to prosecute. If the victim/survivor wishes to have evidence collected, medical treatment and collection of forensic evidence must be expedited.
Step 4: Communicate to the victim/survivor the importance of emotional support and discuss with her/him whether immediate assistance is needed. Mental health services are available at the College. The College also has resources and referrals to assist with psychological needs that arise in the initial crisis of assault, as well as in the aftermath and longer‐term recovery. (For directories of available resources, see Appendices C, D, E, and F.)
Step 5: Inform the victim/survivor that College Disciplinary Proceedings and Action will be carried out according to policy and procedures as published by the in the Laney College Student Handbook.