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Sexual Assault Policy
In an effort to prevent sex crimes and victimization associated with those crimes, the university educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through mandatory freshman orientations each fall. The Lincoln University Police Department also offers sexual assault education and information programs to university students and employees upon request.
Literature on date rape education, risk reduction and university response is available through the Police Department and through the Student Health Center. Student Health also sponsors various rape awareness programs and Drug/Alcohol Awareness/Prevention throughout the year on an as needed basis. The Campus Counselor works in Student Health Services.
The first priority of a victim of sexual assault is to get to a place of safety, then to obtain necessary medical equipment. The Lincoln University Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a University Police Officer, the Student Health Center, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Student Housing, if applicable, the director of a student’s residence hall.
Choosing whether to report a rape or assault is a victim’s right and option. To report the incident to authorities, a victim should:
Reports may be made by calling 911 or by calling the Lincoln University Police Department at 573-681-5555; by reporting directly to the office, or by reporting to the on-scene officer, if he or she has already been summoned. If a report of an assault has been made to another university official, they will assist in making a report to the Lincoln University Police Department, if requested.
Filing a police report with a Lincoln University Police Officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will however do the following:
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Lincoln University Police Department, the Student Health Center will be notified, as well as the Vice President for Student Affairs. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the university’s Student Life Review Board, or only the latter. A university representative will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Various counseling options are available from the university through the Student Health Center
Counseling and support services available to victims who choose counseling and support outside the university system:
Family Mental Health Center Hotline…………800-833-3915
Family Counseling Center of Missouri Inc……634-4591
Rape and Abuse Crisis Service Hotline….…..634-4911
Behavior Health Unit……………………..……..635-7141
Students, whether sexual assault victims or not, have a right to habitability in campus housing and in campus accommodations for which Lincoln University receives any compensation, direct or indirect.
"Habitability" shall mean an environment free from sexual or physical intimidation, or any other continuing disruptive behaviors by persons sharing rooms or their guests, that is of such a serious nature as would prevent a reasonable person from attaining their educational goals. Substantiated violations of the above-listed habitability provisions shall be corrected by campus personnel by relocation of the complainant to acceptable, safe and secure alternative housing as soon as practicable, unless the conditions of non-habitability demonstrate the necessity of immediate action by campus personnel.
The right to legal assistance, or ability to have others present, in any campus disciplinary proceeding that the institution permits to the accuser shall be offered to the accused, and the right to be notified of the outcome of such proceeding.
Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sex offense. Compliance with this paragraph does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For the purpose of this paragraph, the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding means only the institution’s final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused.
Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of sanctions the institution may impose following a final determination of an institutional disciplinary proceeding regarding rape, acquaintance rape or other forcible or nonforcible sex offenses.
Pursuant to 20 U.S.C.§1092(f)(1)(I) and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSPCA), as amended to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act, Lincoln University provides the following information regarding sex offenders.
Pursuant to the afore cited federal laws, persons who are required to register under a state sex offender registry are required to notify the state regarding each post-secondary school at which the offender works or is a student. In the state of Missouri, sex offenders are required to register with the county sheriff's department. Here in Jefferson City, the Cole County Sheriff's Department maintains an online sex offender registry. Furthermore, the Missouri State Highway Patrol maintains a statewide sex offender registry. Missouri State Highway Patrol State Sex Offenders Registry