The following section describes educational and prevention awareness programs, sexual assault reporting procedures, and support programs, and the campus disciplinary process.
The Center for Health and Counseling provides thorough educational programs to raise student awareness about date/acquaintance rape, and the role alcohol and drugs play, and to create a supportive environment for survivors.
Women's self-defense is offered by the Center for Health and Counseling. It combines common sense ways to remove oneself from dangerous situations with basic martial arts skills.
Extended student orientation addresses the topic of sexual assault by discussing prevention methods and support services.
The Student Watch and Escort System (SWES) provides trained students to escort people anywhere on campus, including parking lots.
The reporting of an incident of sexual assault is a difficult, yet important decision. The survivor's reporting of the assault may help recovery, provide support services, and prevent the offender from assaulting someone else. Call the Department of Public Safety at 651-2215 or off campus, the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 335-6621.
If the incident happened off-campus or the survivor wishes to report it to a local law enforcement agency, the University Police can help coordinate the effort. The reporting of the incident to the University Police is not the same as pressing charges against the offender. The University Police will discuss all options with survivor, including what support is available. Both the University Police and the Center for Health and Counseling encourage third-party reporting. This means a friend of the survivor can contact these departments to discuss reporting options.
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has a sexual assault survivor advocate who will discuss the importance of preserving evidence, the legal process, and what support is available.
The Center for Health and Counseling has trained professionals available to discuss, in a private setting, the incident, help the survivor decide which reporting options are best, and make referrals to the appropriate support services. Support is provided to facilitate reporting the assault. If the request is reasonable, assistance is available in contacting the appropriate offices regarding changes in academic and living situations. Faculty, staff, friends, and family are encouraged to contact the Center for Health and Counseling to report assaults, to seek information and support, and to express concerns. There is no charge for any of these services.
Medical help is important after a sexual assault. Treatment is available at the Center for Health and Counseling and two Cape Girardeau hospitals, Southeast Hospital, and Saint Francis Medical Center.
Other support services include Southeast Hospital Social Services, St. Francis Hospital Social Services, Lutheran Family & Children Service, and Community Counseling Center.
The procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault follow the process as described in the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct. These procedures are designed to preserve the rights of the alleged survivor and all members of the University community, as well as preserving the rights of the accused.
It is important to note that both the survivor and the accused are entitled to be accompanied by an advisor at every step throughout the conduct process. Both parties will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault.
Sanctions for sexual assault are described in the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, Probation, Suspension, Dismissal, and discretionary sanctions. Call the Office of Judicial Affairs for more information.