WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED:
Broward College Campus Safety strongly advocates that the victim of a sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Reporting to law enforcement and/or Campus Safety is entirely your choice. Law enforcement and Campus Safety officers are trained to deal with these situations with sensitivity and compassion.
In the event you have been a victim of a sexual crime:
- Go to a safe location.
- If you want to report the incident, notify Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357), or a campus official immediately.
- Do not shower, wash, douche or change your clothes because valuable evidence could be destroyed.
- Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you trust and ask him/her to stay with you.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Be sure to follow any medical recommendation given.
- Females may ask medical personnel for emergency contraception.
- Ask medical personnel to test for STDs.
- Don’t urinate before seeking help, if possible. If you think that you may have been drugged, the first urine that leaves your body is the most likely to contain evidence of drugs. Request that the hospital take a urine sample for drug toxicology testing to be done.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
- Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims in handling the emotional and physical impacts of the assault.
In accordance with Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Statistics Act (Clery Act), Broward College is committed to creating a safe educational and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Sexual misconduct of any kind, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or retaliation for reporting such offenses, will not be tolerated. If you or someone you know has been a victim of interpersonal violence, please read this resource guide so that you may understand what options, services, and resources exist.
REPORTING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND VIOLENCE AND REQUESTING ASSISTANCE:
All students, faculty/staff members, and guests of Broward College are encouraged to report criminal activity, activity of a suspicious nature, and emergencies of any sort that occur at any of Broward College’s campuses or learning centers directly to Campus Safety as soon as possible. Crimes in progress and other emergencies should immediately be reported by dialing 911.
Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to service calls. Campus Safety Officers will meet a caller anywhere on campus to investigate a reported incident and/or assist with notifying local law enforcement.
Various options exist to report incidents of sexual misconduct and violence. Individuals at the Centers, who do not have a Campus Safety office or Dean of Students, may visit their respective local main campus to report.
ASSISTANCE & OPTIONS
Assistance, rights, accommodations, and protective measures are afforded regardless of whether a report is made to Campus Safety or law enforcement and regardless of whether the offense occurred on or off campus. It is your option to contact law enforcement and if you choose to, at your request we will assist you in contacting law enforcement.
The College will take immediate steps to protect the complainant pending the final outcome of the investigation. Interim measures are available to the complainant to address their safety as well as any hostile education environment resulting from the misconduct. These measures include, but are not limited to, changing an employee’s or student’s work schedule; altering the complainant’s or referred student’s course schedule or campus; allowing the withdrawal or retake of classes without penalty; academic support such as tutoring; student affairs support such as assistance with financial aid issues, visa and immigration assistance, and the issuance of no-contact orders.
In instances where the referred person is not affiliated with the College, the College will take reasonable and appropriate steps to cooperate with other entities, including, but not limited to other colleges, community entities, and law enforcement, to ensure that the complainant is afforded the right to an education at the College free from sexual misconduct.
In addition, Broward College honors all injunctions for protection, no contact orders, and restraining orders in which the College is listed as a restricted area for the defendant.
Assistance is given when requested and such accommodations are reasonably available. Any accommodations or protective measures which are taken will remain confidential to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability to provide the accommodations or protective measures.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Victims of sexual assault, dating violence, sexual harassment, or stalking are supported in accordance to Broward College’s
• Student Code of Conduct Policy and Procedure 6Hx2-5.02
• Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure 6Hx2-5.39
• Student Handbook
• Staff Sexual and other Workplace Harassment Policy and Procedure 6Hx2-3.31
If the complainant wants to reveal an allegation of sexual misconduct but also wants to maintain confidentiality, the student should be aware that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it, and the complaint will be reported to the Title IX coordinator and an investigation will be initiated.
If the College does honor a student’s request for confidentiality, the student must understand the College’s ability to investigate and issue sanctions will be severely limited. Additionally, if the College believes that the reported incident poses a continuing threat to other persons, or if mandatory reporting is required by law, the College may not be able to honor the request for confidentiality.
The College does not directly employ staff who can provide students complete confidentiality in regards to complaints of sexual misconduct (sometimes known as “privileged communications,” provided by pastoral counselors and mental health professionals). However, the College currently has a relationship with Henderson Student Behavioral Health who can provide confidentiality in accordance with law. Complainants should note that even privileged communication is limited by laws governing mandatory reporting of certain crimes.
SERVICES & RESOURCES
Broward College strongly advocates that survivors of sexual violence consider the following resources. Students and staff in need of confidential and free counseling services should contact the following providers:
Students: Henderson Student Counseling
Employees: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)