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Sexual Assault Response

How USU Police Responds to Reports of Sexual Assault

Victim Interview

If a report comes in soon after a sexual assault occurs, 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. Note: Sexual assaults are not always reported right after they occur. 
Our Sexual Assault Response Commitment

Preservation of Evidence

For a sexual assault forensic exam, please go directly to Cache Valley Hospital to receive care from a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. In order ot preserve evidence, please try not to bathe, shower, use the restroom, change your clothes, comb your hair, or clean up. If you receive a sexual assault forensic exam, certain information must be given to police according to Utah law, but you are not required to pursue an investigation. You will also be provided with treatment for injuries

Cache Valley Hospital: 435-719-9700 | 2380 N. 400 E., North Logan

Victim Advocates

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 and decisions.

Confidential victim advocates are available both on and off campus:

Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information Office 
TSC 311
Crisis line (forwards to CAPSA after work hours)

24-hour crisis line

Victim Preferences

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 Supportive Measures

USU Police forwards all reports of sexual assault involving USU students, staff or faculty to the USU Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator reaches out to victims in order to ascertain their reporting preferences and offer support services and accommodations.

Amnesty Policy

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. The university 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.