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Sexual Assault Education was created to enhance students' awareness and understanding of the factors which contribute to sexual assault, to help students examine their attitudes and beliefs about sexual assault, and to advocate for and support primary and secondary victims of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Education staff frequently presents information on topics such as Acquaintance Rape, Healthy Relationships, Sexual Harassment, Recovery from Sexual Assault, and the Role of Alcohol and Drugs in Sexual Assault to student groups, residence hall floors, and classes. To schedule a program, contact the Sexual Assault Educator at 341-5222. Crisis and long-term counseling for primary or secondary victims of sexual assault is available at Student Wellness- Counseling Center, 250 Southeast Morse Hall. Students can also receive counseling from SOS or the community mental health center.

Students are encouraged to contact the Sexual Assault Education Coordinator for more information about violence against women, if they would like to schedule a program, if they are a primary or secondary victim of sexual assault, or if they would like to be involved in activities such as Men Against Violence. Rape is not just a women's issue; men are responding to a call for action to educate themselves, to confront other men who "still don't get it," and to be supportive of and participate in programs aimed at reducing violence against women. Follow up medical attention advised.


Go to a Safe Place

Acknowledge Need for Support Emergency Phone Numbers Seek Medical Attention
Consider Reporting the Crime Seek Counseling Consider Legal/Disciplinary Action

University Services

Go to a Safe Place

If the perpetrator knows where you are and you are concerned that he or she may return, leave the area. If you live in a residence hall, contact your RA or Complex Coordinator if you would like a temporary room change. Safe rooms are available.

Acknowledge the Need for Support

For emergencies and for support, call the SOS hotline at 620-342-1870 or 1-800-825-1295. Someone will immediately respond and assist in a manner with which you feel comfortable.

Emergency Phone Numbers

SOS (Services Offering Safety) Hotline 620-342-1870 or 1-800-825-1295

Emporia Campus Police -- 341-5337
Emporia Police -- 342-1766 or 911
Newman Regional Health (Emporia) -- 343-6800 ext. 1010
Student Health Services -- 341-5223
The Gender Program -- 341-5222
ESU Counseling Center -- 341-5222

Seek Medical Attention

Do not bathe, shower, douche, brush your teeth, or change clothes, and if possible, do not urinate.

The sooner you go to a hospital the better. If you agree, a forensic exam will be done to collect medical evidence. An advocate will stay with you to support you and help you understand your options. Evidence deteriorates rapidly, but some evidence can be collected up to 72 hours after the assault. If you have evidence collected now, you will have the option to press charges sometime in the future. If, however, no evidence is collected, future legal options may be limited.

Go to an Emergency Room.

Newman Regional Health, 1201 West 12th Avenue, Emporia: 343-6800, Extension 1010
This is the only area hospital with certified sexual assault nurse examiners, who are experts in treating survivors of sexual assaults.

Take along a change of clothes. Your clothing may need to be kept as evidence.

If you think you may have been given a drug such as rohypnol or GHB, tell the health care provider. He or she can do a test for drugs. You may need treatment for injuries, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and medication to prevent pregnancy. The medication to prevent pregnancy must be given within 72 hours of the assault.

The hospital staff member can call a police officer if you request it (See below). If you are under 18, the law requires many helping professionals to report your assault to the authorities.

Go to ESU Student Health Servies, West Side of Memorial Union -- 341-5223

Hours:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm  MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
Health Services can provide treatment for injuries, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and other medical concerns you may have.

See Your Doctor.

Services may be similar to that of Student Health Services except some MDs do not offer the "morning after pill," and the charges are much higher.

Concerned about Costs?

Depending on the care you receive, a charge of several hundred dollars for an emergency room visit is likely. Charges will probably be less at ESU Health Services and your family doctor, but they provide fewer services.

Your insurance may cover the charges at ESU Health Services, your doctor's office, or the hospital. If you do not want the insurance company to be billed, alternative payment plans may be available. Most facilities will be willing to work with you to find a payment plan to meet your needs.

Consider Reporting the Crime

On-Campus Assault: Call ESU Police and Safety -- 341-5337
Off-Campus Assault: Call Emporia Police Department  -- 342-1766

The sooner you call the better! Collection of evidence at the scene and the examination of evidence is time sensitive. Hospital staff will call the police on your behalf if you desire. A female officer can be requested.

Seek Counseling

Most survivors of sexual assault say counseling helped them and recommend it for others. Call the ESU Student Wellness-Counseling Center, SOS or the Mental Health Center for an appointment. Counselors at the ESU Student Wellness-Counseling Center are specifically trained to deal with the issues of college students, including sexual assault.

Every person responds differently, but common reactions to a sexual assault include numbness, denial, shock, disbelief, hostility, tearfulness, being easily startled, a feeling of loss of control, a feeling of having been violated, difficulty concentrating, depression, loss of appetite, inability to sleep, withdrawal, nightmares, phobias, recurrent thoughts about the assault, and rage. These issues may be resolved through counseling.

Remember, there is no one right way to respond and everyone does not heal at the same pace. Your reaction will depend on the type of assault, your relationship to the offender, your personality, your prior life experiences and your support system. Don't forget you have experienced a trauma. Like any other trauma, you can't just make the feelings and reactions disappear by ignoring them.

Consider Legal /Disciplinary Action

Criminal Action

If you want to pursue criminal action, you first need to report the assault to the police. Reporting does not necessarily lead to prosecuting. The District Attorney decides whether or not there is enough evidence to prosecute.

Kansas Law: K.S.A. 21-3502

Kansas Law states that rape is sexual intercourse with a person who does not consent under any of the following circumstances:

A) overcome by force or fear:
B) unconscious or physically powerless:
C) incapable of giving consent because mental deficiency or disease, known by the offender:
D) incapable of giving consent because of the effect of an alcoholic liquor, narcotic, drug or other substance, which condition was known by the offender or was reasonably apparent to the offender.

University Disciplinary Charges:

Contact the Student Code of Conduct Office at 620-341-5738

For the purpose of this policy at Emporia State University, sexual harassment is defined as:

Unwanted and unwelcome sexual attention from co-workers, fellow students, supervisors, subordinates, instructors and/or administrators which may take the form of verbal (oral or written) abuse (i.e., suggestive comments, subtle form of pressure for sexual activity) and/or physical aggressiveness (i.e. leering, touching, patting). Unwelcomed sexual advances and/or requests for sexual favors made by a supervisor or teacher (work or academic setting) may carry a stated or implied threat that rejection of such advances will adversely affect employment and/or student's status in a course, program, or activity.

For the purpose of this policy at Emporia State University, racial harassment is defined as:

Any behavior, action, or comment by co-workers, fellow students, supervisors, subordinates, instructors, and/or administrators pertaining to a racial or ethnic group that may be viewed as offensive by members of that racial or ethnic group. Racial harassment, whether blatant or subtle, is not permitted at Emporia State University. Some examples of blatant racial harassment are: derogatory name calling, comments based on cultural stereotypes, or incidents which are derogatory to a racial or ethnic group. Examples of subtle racial harassment are: use of stereotypical terms that project characteristics on all members of a group, or consistent ignoring of one's presence or existence in a group (i.e., not being called on for contributions or otherwise recognized).

Conduct will be considered harassment when it interferes with an individual's work and/or academic performance, or when it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work and/or academic environment.

In addition to the work-setting possibilities for discrimination or harassment of staff and students, other possible areas of discrimination concerning students may include housing, employment, organizational membership, university services, evaluation, and recognition.

Any type of retaliation against someone filing a sexual or racial harassment complaint will be treated as an additional violation of the sexual or racial harassment policy.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators at this university who have grievances regarding sexual and/or racial harassment may express them according to established procedures published in this plan.

Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Discrimination and/or Sexual or Racial Harassment for Faculty, Staff and Students

The office of Affirmative Action (211 Plumb Hall, 341-5379) establishes the following procedure to process complaints of sexual or racial discrimination and/or harassment involving faculty, staff and students.* When complaints of sexual or racial discrimination and/or harassment arise, the following procedure will be implemented:

I. The complainant should first discuss the allegation(s) with the individual(s) perceived as harasser(s). (If a complainant is a student and would find it difficult to discuss the problem with the individual involved, the complainant is encourage to consult with an RA, a trusted faculty member or academic advisor, an activities advisor, or a counselor in the Student Life and Counseling Center.)

II. If the discussion does not lead to a solution of the problem, or for valid reason the complainant elects not to exercise step I, the matter should be taken to a third party who is the next highest official in the unit or department.

III. If the complainant is not satisfied when both the above steps have been completed, an appeal to the Affirmative Action Officer is recommended. Based on preliminary contact(s) with the complainant, the Affirmative Action Officer in consultation with the Affirmative Action Advisory Council will decide if a grievance committee should be convened.

The grievance committee shall be composed of five members selected from a pool of twenty persons who are annually appointed by the President of ESU. The pool will consist of five students, five academic faculty members, five administrative faculty (i.e., non-teaching) and five classified members. If either of the principals involved are dissatisfied with the composition of the committee, alternate(s) may be requested from the pool. A committee member may also choose to withdraw and be replaced by an alternate. The appeals committee will be appointed by the Affirmative Action Officer and he/she will determine its composition with the approval of the President of the University.

The grievance procedure will involve the following steps:

a. The Affirmative Action Officer will call together the grievance committee and define the area of sexual or racial discrimination and/or harassment and the criteria for evaluation of evidence to be used by the committee in the course of deliberation. Two basic criteria are: (1) the burden of proof lies with the complainant, and (2) acceptable evidence/testimony must be first-hand observations, and be relevant and be as fair and objective as possible. Confidentiality is of extreme importance throughout the grievance procedure. Each committee member shall acknowledge awareness of this stipulation as a requisite for involvement in those proceedings. Both parties in the dispute may be present at this meeting or should be appraised of the Affirmative Action Officer's statements in writing.

b. Because the burden of proof rests with the complainant, the complainant will submit a written account of particulars setting forth grievances and specifying background information, details of the alleged sexual or racial discrimination and/or harassment to the Affirmative Action Officer who will distribute it to committee members.

c. The committee will review the statement and determine if it is necessary to have a written defense from the accused. Such defense, if necessary, will be given to the Affirmative Action Officer within one week of the request. The Affirmative Action Office will distribute it to the committee members.

d. The committee may gather related facts and may ask for help from other agencies on campus. On the basis of all information received, the committee will determine if a hearing is warranted. If no hearing is deemed necessary by the committee nor requested by the complainant or the accused, the procedure in step "f" will follow.

e. If a hearing is in order, a time and place convenient to all concerned will be set. Both parties may bring witnesses to testify; a secretary from the Affirmative Action Office will take complete notes of the hearing. It is the privilege of either party to the procedure to obtain the assistance of an advisor from the campus community in processing the matter.

f. The committee will make a written report to the Affirmative Action Officer and the President of the University. This report will include all facts and make recommendations concerning the disposition of the case. The report will be signed by all members of the committee. A member may append to the report a dissent or non-concurrence with the majority opinion.

g. All parties initially involved in the dispute have the right to request a review by the President's Office.

*The procedure is not intended to infringe upon other existing procedures (e.g. Policies and Procedures for Processing Grievance of Faculty at ESU, Faculty Handbook, Appendix E) nor is it to be used in addition to other procedures. Unclassified personnel may, at the time of the grievance, choose either the grievance procedure described in the Faculty Handbook or the procedure describe above. They then will be bound by whichever procedure they have chosen. The procedure is specifically designed to process cases which fall within the purview of the University's affirmative action and sexual or racial discrimination and/or harassment programs and which involve University personnel or students as principals. However, if a case involves all classified personnel or students as principals, the University's faculty Senate Grievance Procedure may be used if all principals agree.

You have the right to:

Have your report taken seriously
Be treated in a nonjudgmental manner and with confidentiality
Know that statistical reporting of all incidents does occur (This will be ANONYMOUS, if you desire)
Have your complaints, which are given to the conduct officer, investigated
Have someone accompany you to any meetings and hearings

University Services

Hours Monday thru Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Student Health Services -- 341-5222

Examinations and treatment for illness and minor injuries
Male or female sexual health exams (including Pelvic exam and Pap test) and treatment
Laboratory tests and medications

STD testing
Cold self care
Referrals to specialists
Phone consultations with RN
Cryotherapy (freezing of warts)
TB skin tests
Diabetic counseling

ESU Counseling Center-- 341-5222

Individual counseling
Consultations with staff
Referrals to community agencies
Crisis intervention