Suggested Actions for Victims of Sexual Assault
While all types of Sexual Misconduct are inappropriate and taken seriously by the University, actions involving Sexual Assault (as defined in Appendix B) are particularly concerning. Thus, if you are the victim of a Sexual Assault, the University’s first priority is to help you take steps to address your safety, medical needs and emotional well-being. You are encouraged to take the following actions, as applicable, regardless of whether you have made a decision about whether to pursue criminal or University disciplinary charges.
1. Ensure Your Physical Safety.
You may seek help from local law enforcement agencies or by contacting the Arkansas Tech University Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety can assist you and are on duty at the University Police Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
2. Seek Medical Assistance and Treatment.
Local options for medical care include the University Health and Wellness Center on the Russellville campus, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville, and Mercy Hospital in Ozark. It is crucial that you obtain medical attention as soon as possible after a Sexual Assault to determine the possibilities of physical injury and to prevent or treat sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV). Medical facilities can also screen for the presence of sedative drugs such as Rohypnol or GHB (date-rape drugs).
Employees at the University Health and Wellness Center can help you contact a support person, such as a family member, a friend or roommate.
If you choose to have an evidence collection kit (or “rape kit”) completed, it is important to do so within 72 hours. Even if you have not decided to file charges, it is advisable to have the evidence collection kit completed so that you can preserve the options of obtaining a protective order and/or filing criminal charges at a later date. Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center administers evidence collection kits. Individuals in Russellville may go directly to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center or may be referred to the hospital by the University Health and Wellness Center. Those in Ozark may go directly to Mercy Hospital Ozark.
In order to best preserve evidence for an evidence collection kit, it may be advisable to avoid showering, bathing, going to the bathroom or brushing your teeth before the kit is collected. You should also wear (or take with you in a paper – not plastic – bag) to the hospital the same clothing that you were wearing during the assault. An evidence collection kit can still be completed even if you have showered or bathed.
Arkansas Tech University’s Title IX Coordinator is Jennifer Fleming, whose office is located in Room 212 of the Administration Building. Ms. Fleming may be contacted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at 479-498-6020 or by email at email@example.com.
Arkansas Tech University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinatoris Amy White, whose office is located in Tucker Coliseum. Ms. White may be contacted from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at (479) 498-6071 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Tech University Department of Public Safety is located at 1508 North Boulder Avenue on the ATU main campus in Russellville, Arkansas, and is available by phone at 479-968-0222. University Police Officers are available 24/7.
The Office of Human Resources is located in Browning Hall and is available by phone at 479-968-0396. The office is staffed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center is located in Dean Hall 126 and is available by phone at 479-968-0329. The Center is staffed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://www.atu.edu/hwc/index.php.
Russellville Police Department and the Ozark Police Department can be reached by calling 911.
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is located at 1808 West Main Street, Russellville, Arkansas. The Emergency Department can be reached at 479-968-6211.
Mercy Hospital in Ozark is located at 801 W. River, Ozark Arkansas, 72949. (479) 667-4138.
Ozark Rape Crisis Center, 715 W. Main Street, Clarksville, AR, 72830. Telephone number (479) 754-6869. Internet address: http://www.ozarkrapecrisis.com/.
5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office “Victim Assistance Outreach Program”. Telephone number (479) 705-0579.
3. Obtain Emotional Support.
The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center can help victims sort through their feelings and begin the recovery process. The professionals at Counseling Services are trained to provide crisis intervention on short-term and emergency issues. Counseling Services can also provide referral services for outside providers and law enforcement. Counseling is free of charge to all Students. In some instances, the law may require the disclosure of information shared by Students with counselors. However, absent a legal mandate to the contrary, counseling services are strictly confidential, are not part of Students’ University records, and will not be reported to other University personnel.
4. Obtain Information / Report Misconduct.
You are encouraged to report incidents of Sexual Assault to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or other designated University individuals or offices as outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (even if you have filed a report directly with law enforcement). Further information about how to report Sexual Assault is provided in the body of the Arkansas Tech University Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures. University personnel can help you access resources and can provide you with support and information, including information on the University’s procedures for investigating and addressing instances of Sexual Assault.