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USD is committed to supporting students impacted by sexual and relationship violence no matter when or where an incident may have occurred.

"I've recently been sexually assaulted."

"I think something has happened to me recently but I'm not sure."

Your physical and emotional safety are important. If you've experienced sexual assault or relationship violence, know that what happened to you is not your fault. You have the right to decide if you'd like to speak with someone and who you want to speak with. USD offers a variety of resources for students, all of which are committed to create a safe space to listen to, validate, and support you.

Important Phone Numbers:

Private – information will be shared only with campus resources who need to know so as to assist you in accessing services.

  • Student Health Center – 619-260-4595
  • Emergency after hours – 619-260-2222
  • CARE Advocate – 619-260-2222 (24 hours)
  • Department of Public Safety – 619-260-2222 (24 hours)
  • San Diego Police Department (off-campus) – 911 (24 hours)
Confidential – information will not be shared with others without your express permission.
  • Counseling Center - 619-260-4655
  • Emergency after hours – 619-260-2222
  • Center for Health & Wellness Promotion (Clinical staff) – 619-260-4618
  • University Ministry (Pastoral Counselors) – 619-260-4735
  • Center for Community Solutions (off campus) - 858-272-5777

Immediate Steps:

Find a safe place. It is important for you to find a safe and secure environment. Go to your RA’s room, a friend’s room or call the police.

Call someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member, or any of the resources found on the CARE website.

Do what you can to preserve evidence. After sexual violence, do not shower until you have considered whether to have a no-cost sexual assault forensic exam within 72 hours of the assault. You do not need to make a formal report or press charges to have a sexual assault forensic exam. Save the clothes you were wearing (unwashed) in a paper or cloth bag. After sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking, take photos of any damage or injury and keep communication records (i.e. texts, emails, letters).

Within 24 Hours, Options Include:

Seeking out support. Consider reaching out to confidential resources such as a counselor or pastoral counselor. Private resources are also available on campus and can talk with you about additional support services.

Seeking medical attention. For life-threatening conditions, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department (if you need assistance getting there call Public Safety at (619)-260-2222). The hospital can also provide general medical treatment. A medical exam could include treatment of any physical problems and various lab tests for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

If you choose, you may have evidence collected to aid criminal prosecution if you later decide to file criminal charges. Sexual assault exams are free of charge and can be arranged through the San Diego Police Department or by calling the Center for Community Solutions' confidential hotline at 1-888-385-4657. It is best for any physical evidence to be collected immediately, ideally within the first 72 hours. (The quality and quantity of evidence collected later than this may be substantially diminished.) A specially trained nurse will perform the evidence collection exam. A sexual assault advocate or a support person of your choice may be present throughout the procedure.

  • SART Exam - A SART exam is the collection of evidence that entails interaction with Public Safety/SDPD, a police report and interaction with the County’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at a medical facility off-campus. It is free and may be arranged through Public Safety or the San Diego Police Department. A confidential advocate from Center for Community Solutions will be made available to you. Consider having a family member or friend accompany you for additional support during the exam.
  • Non-Investigative Report (NIR) - Adult victims who wish to have physical evidence collected pursuant to a sexual assault incident, but do not wish to have Public Safety or Law Enforcement investigate the incident at that time, may have this evidence collected through a SART exam at one of the adult SART facilities. This may be done by contacting the San Diego County DV Hotline (888-385-4657) or contacting SDPD Communications at (619) 531-2000. The NIR exam is free. A confidential advocate from Center for Community Solutions will be made available to you. Consider having a family member or friend accompany you for additional support during the exam.

For treatment of non-life threatening injuries, evaluations and prevention sexually transmitted diseases, as well as consultation for other concerns, you can use the Student Health Center (619) 260-4595. After-hours consultations, contact (619) 260-2222.

Obtain information, support and counseling. A variety of agencies, both on and off campus, can help a person decide what steps to take, such as seeking medical attention, preserving evidence, obtaining counseling or reporting to authorities. Information, support and advice are available for anyone who wishes to discuss issues related to sexual assault and/or incidents of sexual exploitation. The degree to which confidentiality can be protected depends upon the professional role of the person being consulted and should be addressed with that person before specific facts are disclosed.

Moving Forward/At Any Time:

Consider reporting the incident. USD strongly encourages all members of the university community to report information about any incident of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence, whether the incident occurred on or off campus or when it occurred. Reports can be made either to USD and/or the police.

Accommodations. USD resources found on this website can assist students with accommodations as well as provide safety measures after an assault. The implementation of these measures typically is coordinated by or under the supervision of the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students.

These measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • the implementation of a USD-issued no-contact order.  A No Contact Order directs two (or more) students to avoid contact with one another both on campus and off campus.  The contact to be avoided includes in person interaction as well as via phone, text, social media or through other parties.  The No Contact Order is always provided to both (or all) parties equally.  No Contact Orders are not a part of student conduct records, however violations of the No Contact Order may result in violations of the Student Code of Conduct. 
  • academic accommodations. Academic accommodations may include sending a letter from the Dean of Students (or designee) to professors indicating that the impacted student(s) are managing a sensitive personal matter at this time and requesting professor flexibility.  This e-mail notification is sent as a courtesy and is not intended to suggest that the student be excused from any course requirements. Course related matters are to be negotiated between the faculty member and the student.  Academic accommodations may also include reassigning a student to a different section of a course where possible, and/or communicating to a professor that it would be best if specific students not be placed in the same group for projects.
  • residential accommodations. Residential accommodations may include moving impacted student(s) to another housing assignment either permanently or temporarily based upon the situation.
  • transportation accommodations. On a case by case basis, the Department of Public Safety can provide safety escorts based specific safety concerns and on the availability of patrol units.  DPS can also assist in arranging temporary parking based on specific safety concerns.
  • employment accommodations. Employment accommodations for students working on campus may result in reassignment or shifting hours/schedules. This may also result in a temporary leave of absence (paid) if determined to be necessary based upon the situation.
  • safety consultations with the Department of Public Safety. Safety consultations include reviewing safety/crime prevention tips and discussing the Women's Self Defense (R.A.D.) as applicable.
  • personal protection devices. DPS provides a mini personal protection alarm as applicable.  The mini personal protection alarm provides a loud siren sound when activated and includes a LED light.
  • on-campus escorts. Department of Public Safety provides safety escorts from dusk till dawn for anyone with safety concerns, based on the availability of patrol units.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Definitions and Dynamics

Student Rights

“I’m dealing with a continuing situation of sexual or relationship violence.”

If you are experiencing relationship violence, sexual harassment, or stalking, know that you are not to blame and you deserve support. There are many resources on and off campus that can support you.

Important Phone Numbers:

Private – information will be shared only with campus resources who need to know so as to assist you in accessing services.

  • Student Health Center – 619-260-4595
    • Emergency after hours – 619-260-2222
  • CARE Advocate – 619-260-2222 (24 hours)
  • Department of Public Safety – 619-260-2222 (24 hours)
  • San Diego Police Department (off-campus) – 911 (24 hours)

Confidential – information will not be shared with others without your express permission.

  • Counseling Center - 619-260-4655
    • Emergency after hours – 619-260-2222
  • Center for Health & Wellness Promotion (Clinical staff) – 619-260-4618
  • University Ministry (Pastoral Counselors) – 619-260-4735
  • Center for Community Solutions (off campus) - 858-272-5777
  • Your physical safety is important. If you are in immediate danger, call the Department of Public Safety 619-260-2222 or San Diego Police Department 911.

Immediate Steps:

Talk with someone you trust. You do not need to go through this alone. A friend, family member, and mentor may be good resources.

Seek medical attention. For life-threatening conditions, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department (if you need assistance getting there call the Department of Public Safety at 619-260-2222).

For treatment of non-life threatening conditions, use the Student Health Center (619) 260-4595. For after-hours consultations, contact (619) 260-2222.

Seek out support. Consider reaching out to confidential resources such as a counselor or pastoral counselor. Private resources, such as a CARE Advocate are also available on campus and can talk with you about additional support services.

Moving Forward:

Consider reporting the incident. USD strongly encourages all members of the university community to report information about any incident of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence, whether the incident occurred on or off campus or when it occurred. Reports can be made either to USD or the police. USD resources can assist with a no contact order, and SDPD can assist with a temporary restraining order.

Create a safety plan. Resources listed on the CARE website are able to sit with you and develop a plan to assist you in feeling safe.

Obtain information, support and counseling. A variety of on and off campus resources can help you decide what steps to take, such as seeking medical attention, obtaining counseling, creating a safety plan, and reporting to authorities. Information and support are available for anyone who wishes to discuss issues related to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment. Depending on their roles, staff and faculty have varying reporting responsibilities and abilities to maintain confidentiality. In order to make informed choices, you should be aware of confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements when consulting campus resources.

Accommodations. USD resources found on this website can assist students with accommodations as well as provide safety measures after an assault. The implementation of these measures typically is coordinated by or under the supervision of the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students.

These measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • the implementation of a USD-issued no-contact order.  A No Contact Order directs two (or more) students to avoid contact with one another both on campus and off campus.  The contact to be avoided includes in person interaction as well as via phone, text, social media or through other parties.  The No Contact Order is always provided to both (or all) parties equally.  No Contact Orders are not a part of student conduct records, however violations of the No Contact Order may result in violations of the Student Code of Conduct. 
  • academic accommodations. Academic accommodations may include sending a letter from the Dean of Students (or designee) to professors indicating that the impacted student(s) are managing a sensitive personal matter at this time and requesting professor flexibility.  This e-mail notification is sent as a courtesy and is not intended to suggest that the student be excused from any course requirements. Course related matters are to be negotiated between the faculty member and the student.  Academic accommodations may also include reassigning a student to a different section of a course where possible, and/or communicating to a professor that it would be best if specific students not be placed in the same group for projects.
  • residential accommodations. Residential accommodations may include moving impacted student(s) to another housing assignment either permanently or temporarily based upon the situation.
  • transportation accommodations. On a case by case basis, the Department of Public Safety can provide safety escorts based specific safety concerns and on the availability of patrol units.  DPS can also assist in arranging temporary parking based on specific safety concerns.
  • employment accommodations. Employment accommodations for students working on campus may result in reassignment or shifting hours/schedules. This may also result in a temporary leave of absence (paid) if determined to be necessary based upon the situation.
  • safety consultations with the Department of Public Safety. Safety consultations include reviewing safety/crime prevention tips and discussing the Women's Self Defense (R.A.D.) as applicable.
  • personal protection devices. DPS provides a mini personal protection alarm as applicable.  The mini personal protection alarm provides a loud siren sound when activated and includes a LED light.
  • on-campus escorts. Department of Public Safety provides safety escorts from dusk till dawn for anyone with safety concerns, based on the availability of patrol units.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Definitions and Dynamics

Student Rights

“I want to talk about something that happened in the past.”

If you have been impacted by sexual assault or relationship violence, no matter how long ago, all of your feelings are valid. You deserve support and there are many on and off campus resources available to you.

Important Phone Numbers:

Private – information will be shared only with campus resources who need to know so as to assist you in accessing services.

  • Student Health Center – 619-260-4595
    • Emergency after hours – 619-260-2222
  • CARE Advocate – 619-260-2222 (24 hours)
  • Department of Public Safety – 619-260-2222 (24 hours)
  • San Diego Police Department (off-campus) – 911 (24 hours)

Confidential – information will not be shared with others without your express permission.

  • Counseling Center - 619-260-4655
    • Emergency after hours – 619-260-2222
  • Center for Health & Wellness Promotion (Clinical staff) – 619-260-4618
  • University Ministry (Pastoral Counselors) – 619-260-4735
  • Center for Community Solutions (off campus) - 858-272-5777

 

Moving Forward:

Talk with someone you trust. You do not need to go through this alone. A friend, family member, mentor, or counselor may be good resources.

Seek out support. Consider reaching out to confidential resources such as a counselor or pastoral counselor. Private resources, such as a CARE Advocate are also available on campus and can talk with you about additional support services.

Accommodations. USD resources found on this website can assist students with accommodations as well as provide safety measures after an assault. The implementation of these measures typically is coordinated by or under the supervision of the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students.

These measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • the implementation of a USD-issued no-contact order.  A No Contact Order directs two (or more) students to avoid contact with one another both on campus and off campus.  The contact to be avoided includes in person interaction as well as via phone, text, social media or through other parties.  The No Contact Order is always provided to both (or all) parties equally.  No Contact Orders are not a part of student conduct records, however violations of the No Contact Order may result in violations of the Student Code of Conduct. 
  • academic accommodations. Academic accommodations may include sending a letter from the Dean of Students (or designee) to professors indicating that the impacted student(s) are managing a sensitive personal matter at this time and requesting professor flexibility.  This e-mail notification is sent as a courtesy and is not intended to suggest that the student be excused from any course requirements. Course related matters are to be negotiated between the faculty member and the student.  Academic accommodations may also include reassigning a student to a different section of a course where possible, and/or communicating to a professor that it would be best if specific students not be placed in the same group for projects.
  • residential accommodations. Residential accommodations may include moving impacted student(s) to another housing assignment either permanently or temporarily based upon the situation.
  • transportation accommodations. On a case by case basis, the Department of Public Safety can provide safety escorts based specific safety concerns and on the availability of patrol units.  DPS can also assist in arranging temporary parking based on specific safety concerns.
  • employment accommodations. Employment accommodations for students working on campus may result in reassignment or shifting hours/schedules. This may also result in a temporary leave of absence (paid) if determined to be necessary based upon the situation.
  • safety consultations with the Department of Public Safety. Safety consultations include reviewing safety/crime prevention tips and discussing the Women's Self Defense (R.A.D.) as applicable.
  • personal protection devices. DPS provides a mini personal protection alarm as applicable.  The mini personal protection alarm provides a loud siren sound when activated and includes a LED light.
  • on-campus escorts. Department of Public Safety provides safety escorts from dusk till dawn for anyone with safety concerns, based on the availability of patrol units.