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Sexual and relationship violence are widespread in society and have a profound impact on individuals and their communities. It takes a community of care to support victims and survivors, and ASU provides a variety of reporting options, resources and educational programs to prevent sexual misconduct.
ASU takes all reports of such conduct seriously and is committed to taking appropriate action to hold violators accountable and to prevent any recurrence. In order to ensure all members of our community have access to health and safety resources should an incident occur, all ASU employees are mandatory reporters and must report allegations of sexual assault/harassment.
We work continuously to improve prevention, response, support and investigation of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. By challenging each and every member of our community to take action to prevent this from occurring, we can create a safe and healthy campus environment free of violence.
If an incident of sexual misconduct or relationship violence occurs, options to report the incident, receive confidential support and immediate assistance are available through on-campus and off-campus resources. This website provides more information about the options available.
Preserving evidence, even if you are unsure you want to report or press criminal charges, may assist in proving that the offense occurred or may be helpful in obtaining a protective order.
Victims of sexual violence have the right to a medical forensic exam, at no cost to them, regardless of whether they report to law enforcement. A forensic exam is a comprehensive medical exam provided by a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician with specialized training in the medical care and treatment of sexual and domestic violence victims. Each part of the exam requires your consent and you do not have to participate in anything that makes you uncomfortable. In Maricopa County, a Family Advocacy Center (FAC) is the only center that provides a forensic exam. Visit our FAQ page for more information about the forensic exam.
Filing a police report does not obligate a victim to press charges against the assailant. A report to ASU or local police begins with an initial interview. An investigation includes a forensic exam, witness statement and evidence collection. Prosecution includes a preliminary hearing, court date and verdict. The ASU Victim Advocate can provide confidential support, resources, and explain reporting options.
Incidents that include only students are reported to ASU Student Rights and Responsibilities. The investigation process includes interviews and a collection of relevant evidence. Both parties are notified of investigation results which includes responsibility and sanctions. Student Advocacy and Assistance will provide additional support services during the investigation. Any incidents that include faculty or staff are reported to the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities. *Note: Reporting to ASU Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities can be done in addition to reporting to the police for criminal prosecution. Please review the Sexual Violence Response Flowchart for more information on reporting options if sexual violence has occurred.
For your health and protection, it is important to be examined by a medical professional for possible injuries, sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy. This can be done as part of the forensic exam, through your primary care provider, a local hospital or through ASU Health Services.
Sexual violence is a complex and painful experience that impacts each victim/survivor in different ways. You may wish to seek confidential support on campus or in the community to discuss what steps you would like to take next or how to heal from the experience.
Sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, is a national problem, and college and university campuses certainly have not been immune.
National surveys report that one in five undergraduate women and one in sixteen undergraduate men experience attempted or completed sexual assault while in college. Such violence has a profound impact on a victim’s academic, social, and personal life, and negatively affects the experiences of their friends and families, other students, and the university community at large.
Arizona State University is committed to combatting this complex social problem and fostering a positive learning, working and living environment that promotes every individual’s ability to participate fully in the ASU experience without fear of sexual violence or sexual harassment. Through university policies, awareness efforts, education and training programs, and advocacy, every member of the ASU community should be prepared to actively contribute to a culture of respect and to keep our community free from sexual violence, harassment, exploitation and intimidation.
Cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct that are reported at ASU are fully investigated. ASU provides victims with resources that let them know they are not alone, including guidance on finding a safe place, filing a police report, speaking with counselors and seeking medical care.
We are wholly focused on strengthening our knowledge and consciousness about this issue, making enhancements to support services and resources for victims, and enhancing partnerships with key organizations and agencies working to end sexual violence. We are dedicated to sexual violence prevention and the overall safety of all who study, live, work and recreate at ASU.
We must all strive to build a culture of respect in which every member of the Sun Devil family feels free from the threat of sexual violence.
Michael M. Crow, President
Arizona State University