How USU Police Responds to Reports of Sexual Assault
Sexual assaults are not always reported right after they occur. If a report comes in soon after, we will perform an initial interview, encourage the victim to get a sexual assault forensic exam at Cache Valley Hospital and provide the victim with information about resources to help them both on and off campus.
Sexual assault causes a great deal of emotional trauma to the victim, and best practices now call for waiting approximately two sleep cycles before conducting a more in-depth interview with the victim. They will likely remember more about the event once they have had time to process the trauma. This interview often reveals more leads.
Sexual Assault Forensic Exam
A forensic exam is most effective at capturing evidence within the first 72 hours of a sexual assault. This exam can provide important evidence and help identify a suspect. Even if a victim does not contact the police, they can obtain a forensic exam by going to Cache Valley Hospital. An advocate can (below) assist in getting this exam and provide support.
Cache Valley Hospital
2380 North 400 East, North Logan
A sexual assault is very traumatizing, and a police investigation can be a difficult process. Victims are offered advocacy services and can choose from on or off campus resources. Advocates provide the victim with emotional support, help them understand the criminal justice process and the roles of those in it, connect victims with important support services and help the victim seek accommodations. They provide information about all the options available to victims and then support victims’ decision-making. They do not tell victims what to do, and instead, help victims re-establish power over their own lives.
Confidential victim advocates are available both on and off campus:
Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information Office
Crisis line (forwards to CAPSA after work hours)
24-hour crisis line
Often a victim who reports to police will feel unsure about proceeding with an investigation. In these cases, which often involve an acquaintance as the assailant, USU Police may not have enough information to move an investigation forward. We encourage victims to receive a sexual assault forensic exam, even if they are unsure, so they have the option to proceed with an investigation at a later date.
Title IX and Interim Measures
USU Police forwards all reports of sexual assault involving USU students, staff or faculty to the Title IX office. The Title IX coordinator reaches out to victims in order to ascertain their reporting preferences and offer support services and accommodations.
Under USU policy, if a student seeks medical attention, for themselves or another, or report and incident of sexual misconduct to USU Police or the Title IX office, they will not be subject to disciplinary action for a separate violation of the student code, such as underage drinking. Although USU Police follows this amnesty practice, we cannot grant amnesty for criminal, civil or legal consequences of violating federal, state or local law.
Read the full amnesty policy in USU’s Student Code, article II, section II-4.
Certified USU Police officers teach Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.). This 1-credit course is offered as PE 1407 each semester, and teaches self-defense with simple-to-learn techniques that women of all ages and abilities can master. A shortened version of the class can also be requested by campus clubs or organizations by calling 435-797-1939.
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