Sexual Assault Response 22 January 2009 Memorandum of Understanding with South Euclid Police Department Notre Dame College Policy and Procedures on Sex Offenses In general, any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature. Lack of consent is a critical factor. Persons who have engaged in sexual activity because of force, threat of force, or coercion have not consented to contact. Some people are mentally or physically incapable of giving consent. Sexual harassment is covered by a different policy, however, sex offenses can be related to sexual harassment. It is the policy of Notre Dame College that sex offenses are illegal, unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. This policy covers offenses committed by the members of the Notre Dame College community. Even if Notre Dame College members are not prosecuted, the College reserved the option to pursue disciplinary action. Notre Dame College encourages those who have been sexually assaulted to report the offense. To the extent possible, the College will maintain the confidentiality of all parties involved in a sex offense. However, confidentiality is not guaranteed. Under Ohio Law and the Clery Law, persons with knowledge of a sexual offense must report that information to the police. This includes all college employees, faculty, staff, campus safety, Residence Life staff (including RA and GA personnel). The only individuals exempt from the reporting requirement are licensed professionals from the Campus Counseling Center and the professionals in Campus Ministry. RA and GA personnel must report any sex offense that comes to their attention to the Campus Police/Security immediately. They may not withhold making notification, even if the victim asks them not to report it. Notification also needs to be made to the Director or Asst. Director of Residence Life. Obtain from the victim the basic information needed to report the offense. If a NDC Police Officer receives a report of a sex offense, he or she will take the following actions: First and foremost, ensure the safety of the victim. Identify the victim, the suspect, and any witnesses, and their location. Attempt to keep witnesses at the scene. Determine the location of the offense. Obtain the basic facts of what happened. Immediately contact South Euclid Police. Secure the scene of the offense, if applicable. Arrest and detain offenders as appropriate. Notify the Chief or Asst. Chief of Police. Notify Dean Brian Emerson so a Clery Timely Notification Bulletin can be issued. This must be done within 30 minutes. Assist responding SEPD units as required. At no time are NDCPD officers to collect evidence or obtain statements from those involved. Prepare a detailed written report of the incident. Even though we do not investigate the offense, the quality of our initial actions can have either a positive or negative effect on the outcome of the case. Counseling services are available to the victim through the College Counseling Center and/or the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Reassignments (class, work study, residence hall) can be requested through the Dean of Students. Police officers, security officers, and adult and student staff must remember to treat victims of sexual assault with compassion, sensitivity, and understanding. Our response and actions can have a lasting impact on the mental health and well-being of a victim of a sexual offense, both positive and negative. You may now download the final exam questions, complete the exam, and transfer your questions to the online answer sheet.
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