Sexual Assault Response
22 January 2009 Memorandum of
Understanding with South Euclid Police
Notre Dame College Policy and Procedures on
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
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
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
First and foremost, ensure the safety of the
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
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
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
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