South Puget Sound Community College is committed to providing a learning environment free from all forms of abuse, assault, harassment, and coercive conduct. The college wants to send a clear message that, sexual assault in any form will not be tolerated on this campus. The college seeks to protect the rights of all members of the college community and to foster respect and dignity. A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under the Washington Criminal Code and under the college judicial system. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, any member of the college community may be subject to disciplinary action. The judicial action includes the possibility of expulsion from the college.
What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
Get to a safe place and for your protection; call the police (911) immediately, especially if the assailant is nearby.
Get medical attention immediately. The primary purpose of a medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy as a result of the assault. The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings. Do not bathe or douche until you have a medical examination.
Save your clothing, it is all right to change clothes. Save what you were wearing and place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag and save for the police. Your clothing could be used as evidence for prosecution.
Report the incident to the police, however if you decide not to notify the police, make sure to get medical attention and contact one of the victim support resources listed below. The college's counseling center offers a woman's support group.
- South Puget Sound Community College Counseling Center - (360) 596-5261
- Safeplace (Rape Relief/Women's Shelter Services) 24 Hours - (360) 754-6300
- Crisis Clinic (24 Hours) - (360) 586-2800
The Vice President for Student Services is responsible for changing the academic situation, after an alleged sexual assault, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.
FEDERAL CAMPUS SEX CRIMES PREVENTION ACT
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, went into effect October 28, 2002. The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
In the State of Washington (Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 9A.44.130) any adult or juvenile residing whether or not the person has a fixed residence, or who is a student, is employed, or carries on a vocation in this state who has been found to have committed or has been convicted of any sex offense or kidnapping offense, or who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity under chapter 10.77 (RCW) of committing any sex offense or kidnapping offense, shall register with the county sheriff for the county of the person's residence, or if the person is not a resident of Washington, the county of the person's school, or place of employment or vocation, or as otherwise specified in this section. Where a person required to register under this section is in custody of the state department of corrections, the state department of social and health services, a local division of youth services, or a local jail or juvenile detention facility as a result of a sex offense or kidnapping offense, the person shall also register at the time of release from custody with an official designated by the agency that has jurisdiction over the person. In addition, any such adult or juvenile who is admitted to a public or private institution of higher education shall, within ten days of enrolling or by the first business day after arriving at the institution, whichever is earlier, notify the sheriff of the county of the person's residence of the person's intent to attend the institution. The sheriff shall notify the institution's department of public safety and shall provide that department with the person's: name; address; date and place of birth; place of employment; crime for which convicted; date and place of conviction; aliases used; social security number; photograph; and fingerprints.
Information concerning registered sex offenders in Thurston County may be obtained by contacting the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, calling (360) 754-2894 or at http://www.thurstonsheriff.org.