Policy on Sexual Assault
In cases of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct, College authorities will inform a Complainant of the option of criminal prosecution and medical assistance, as well as the Reporting Party’s rights under the Maryland Victim’s Rights Laws. This includes the right to assistance from the Maryland State Crime Reporting Party’s Reparation Board and the Maryland State Office of the Crime Complainant Ombudsman. Public Safety will provide assistance in making a report to law enforcement officials if the Complainant wishes. A Complainant will also be informed of the right to file a complaint of sexual harassment (which includes sexual assault/violence). Students or employees wishing to file a complaint should follow the procedures outlined in the “Reporting Discrimination and Harassment” section found earlier in this policy.
When a Washington College student is the subject of a sexual assault/violence complaint, the individual filing the complaint will be informed of the role of the Honor Board’s Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board in evaluating whether the student who is the subject of the complaint is responsible for violations of College policy (including policies addressing discrimination and harassment). When a Washington College employee or third party is the subject of a sexual assault/violence complaint, the individual filing the complaint will be informed of the role of the DDRC or appropriate administrator in evaluating whether the individual who is the subject of the complaint is responsible for violations of College policy (including policies addressing discrimination and harassment).
College authorities, normally the Director of Public Safety, will notify the Chestertown Police of the sexual assault only at the request of the student or employee filing the complaint and will provide assistance in notifying any other law enforcement authorities or in preserving materials that may be relevant to the internal complaint process. At the direction of the Chestertown Police, College authorities will provide assistance in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence for criminal prosecution.
Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault
There are many services established to assist individuals who have been sexually assaulted. Student affairs staff members (see list below under Education and Training) may be contacted to provide assistance or for any questions.
Washington College Health Services, ext. 7261
Washington College Counseling Services, ext. 7261
Office of Public Safety, ext. 7810
A member of the Campus Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to transport the Reporting Party to either hospital listed below if requested. Volunteers from the For All Seasons Sexual Assault Crisis Center are also available to provide counseling and assistance throughout this process.
Two area hospitals have sexual assault response programs in place. Forensic Nurse Examiners are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide confidential medical examination, STI and pregnancy prophylactics. The programs work in conjunction with For All Seasons, Inc., to provide advocacy support to victims.
- University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-3300 - located adjacent to Washington College
- University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton 410-822-1000
The S.A.R.A. representative, serving as the sexual assault response coordinator, will inform the Reporting Party, at a minimum, of internal complaint options, availability of confidential counseling, mechanisms available to address concerns about physical safety, as well as the possibility of alternative housing assignments or classroom arrangements (where appropriate).