Washington University is dedicated to
creating a respectful learning community, free from any form of sexual
assault or harassment. Unfortunately, sexual assault is a reality
on any college campus - effecting all members of the university
community. We must be responsible for one another and ready to
offer our best support and information when circumstances demand it.
This information is intended to assist
survivors of sexual assault, both female and male, and the friends who
support survivors. The campus resources for secual assault
prevention and survivor support are available to all members of the
What to Do
These are important steps you should follow
to the extent possible after a rape or secual assault. Leave the
scene as is, get to a safe place immediately, and contact a friend who
can support you through the following steps:
* The importance of seeking medical
attention cannot be overstated. You have the ability to regain a
greater sense of safety, control and empowerment by seeking immediate
medical attention. Thought the WU Student Health Services will
support and act as a resource for any student, the most comprehensive,
complete medical care, including emergency contraception is available
at these hospital emergency rooms:
Emergency contraception (EC) is available
without a prescription at the emergency rooms listed here. Should
EC not be readily offered as part of the protocol, you may ask for
it. For detailed information on EC, including how to obtain it at
Student Health Services and local pharmacies, visit shs.wustl.edu.
Washington University encourages you to
file a police report about the incident. By providing the WUPD
with information, you may be able to prevent future assaults against
yourself or others. Even if you report the assault, it is your
choice whether or not to seek criminal prosecution.
If you choose not to file a report with the
police, the University strongly encourages you to file an anonymous and
confidential report form through the committee on Sexual Assault at
assure that the incident is known to University officials who are
concerned about your safety. The report forms are available at
Student Health Services, the Office of Student Activities, the Office
of Judicial Programs, Residential Life, and the Washington University
Police Department office. The forms are also available online at coping.wustl.edu
The University has a judicial hearing
process for incidents of sexual misconduct. Details of this
process can be discussed confidentially with Tamara King, Judicial
Administrator at 935-4174. Speaking with the JA does not mean
that you must file judicial or criminal charges.
Help a Friend
Washington University Offenses Section of
the University Judicial Code clearly prohibits the following conduct
and states that students engaging in such conduct are subject to
"Sexual contact with any member of the
University community or visitor to the University without the person's
consent, including, but not limited to rape and other forms of sexual
assault. Conduct will be considered "without consent" if no clear
consent, verbal or nonverbal is given; if inflicted through force,
threat of force, or coercion; or if inflicted upon a person who is
unconsious or who otherwise reasonable appears to be without the mental
or physical capacity to consent. For example, sexual contact with
a person who reasonably appears to be impaired in the exercise of their
judgement by alcohol or other drugs may be considered "without consent".
A report made to the University Judicial
Administrator does not preclude your right to make a public report and
seek criminal prosecution if you are a victim of rape, sexual assault,
or other sexual offenses. Washington University will provide
assistance to the victim of sexual assault in changing her/his academic
or living situations after the rape/assault if requested and
reasonable. To request assistance in changing your academic or
living situation, contact Tamara King, Director of Judicial Programs,
at (314) 935-4174.
Under Missouri law, rape and forcible
sodomy are crimes of genital or anal penetration and certain other
genital contact, committed by us of force and without consent.
MO. Rev. Stat. §§ 566.030, .060. Sexual assault and
deviate sexual assualt are similar crimes, but need not involve
force. MO. Rev. Stat. §§ 566.040, .070. Sexual
abuse is any sexual contact by forcible compulsion. MO. Rev. Stat.
§ 566.100. Whether committed by a stranger, friend, or date,
these sex crimes are criminal offenses subject to prosecution under the
law. We refer to these crimes as sexual assault. While some
Missouri statutes are gender - or body-part-specific, both men
and women can be perpetrators or victims of various forms of sexual
assault. These acts, and others, are also violations of the University
Judicial Code prohibition on sexual contact without consent.
Acquaintance rape, or date rape, is
commonly understood as a sexual assault in which the survivor (male or
female) and the perpetrator (male or female) know each other. The
perpetrator may be a casual acquaintance, friend, or steady dating
partner. Acquaintance rape is punishable by law, and under the
Judicial Code, to the same degree as stranger rape.
Date rape drugs can be used in cases of
sexual assault and rape to quickly sedate victims and render them
incapable of defending themselves. Alcohol is the most prevalent
date rape drug on the WU campus and nation-wide. If you think you
have been drugged, time is of the essence. Seek a drug test at a
The Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor
for Students publishes and distributes a brochure, "Reality Check: What
You Need to Know about Sexual Assault." The publication is available at
the Office of Student Activities in the basement of the Women's
Building, the Student Services Office on the main floor of the Women's
Building, the Residential Life Center, the Women's Resource Center, and
Student Health and Counseling Service. These offices also can provide
you with the brochure "Sexual Assault: A Resource for Survivors and
University Police Sexual Assault Response Commitment
Sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, is
a very serious concern of this Department and we have specially trained
female and male officers to assist you. If you feel you are a victim of
a sexual assault on campus, the Police Department will guarantee the
Steps to take to
reduce your risk of being a victim of sex crimes:
With regard to
date rape and acquaintance rape:
2. Be observant of your acquaintance's or date's attitudes toward you.
3. Avoid using mood-altering chemicals such as drugs and alcohol. Studies have shown that being under the influence of alcohol contributes to the incidence of date rape.
4. Be assertive about your needs and rights. Reinforce your verbal "no" with physical resistance, unless you feel that this will further endanger you. Tell your assailant that he or she is committing a sexual act to which you do not consent and therefore is breaking the law.
Support on Campus
Immediately following the assault and later when
you need ongoing support and counseling, people on campus are ready to
help. Whether you live off or on campus, you may call anyone at
the University with whom you feel safe and comfortable. Do not go
through this experience alone.
Quick Reference Resources
For assistance, referral or counseling, contact
Anti-Violence Advocacy Project
For student groups involved in sexual assault
risk reduction or survivor support, please contact Health Promotion
Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
WU has made special arrangements with SART, the
YWCA's on-call Sexual Assault Response Team, to provide confidential
assistance and support to the WU community. A staff member from
Washington University Police Department or Student Health Services can
contact SART for you. A SART volumteer can come to campus to meet
you if you like. If you prefer to meet a volunteer at the
hospital, know that the volunteers that serve the hospitals are
available to you whether or not you request assistance.
Call WUPD to contact SART and/or to make a report
Committed to assisting survivors of sexual
assault, WUPD is a 24-hour, 12-month resource.