Sexual Assault Response Protocol
Staff in the Office of Student Conduct will:
- Encourage the harmed party to seek medical attention from the Student Health Center or similar agencies.
- Inform the harmed party of counseling services available through UNLV’s Jean Nidetch Women’s Center or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
- Present the harmed party the option of acquiring an advocate from the Jean Nidetch Women’s Center. Explain to the harmed party that the advocate may be present at the conduct hearing.
- Explain to the harmed party the university student conduct process.
- Explain to the harmed party that all student records and information are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1974, amended). However, in cases involving crimes of violence, such as sexual assault, the harmed party will be notified of the outcome of the hearing.
- Explain to the harmed party that any information shared with the Office of Student Conduct about an individual or situation will not be discussed with anyone outside UNLV without his or her knowledge and consent. Confidentiality, however, can be broken if a subpoena is issued, if a student threatens to hurt themselves or others, or if there is suspicion of child abuse. Information that is shared with the Office of Student Conduct about any individuals involved will only be discussed with other campus departments on a need to know basis. There may be circumstances that will require the notification of the campus if the alleged perpetrator is a threat to the university community. Such mitigating situations include: the alleged perpetrator of the sexual assault is a stranger with no leads as to his or her identity, a pattern of sexual assaults, particularly violent sexual assaults, the assault is committed by multiple assailants, or the assault includes the use of a weapon. However, any identifying information about the harmed party will not be released.
- If the alleged individual is a UNLV student, OSC will coordinate with the harmed party to provide a formal university conduct hearing for cases involving sexual misconduct.
- Explain to the harmed party his or her right to participate in the hearing; either in person or through written statements. If an individual chooses to participate in person, arrangements can be made to separate the harmed party and the alleged student (i.e. video conferencing, physical barrier, etc).
- Explain to the harmed party his or her right to appeal an outcome of the formal hearing for sexual misconduct.
- Discuss with the harmed party his or her option of filing a report with the police department in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred.