SEXUAL OFFENSE POLICY
It is the policy of Our Lady of the Lake University to provide educational and working environments for its students, faculty, and staff that are free from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. The University expects students, staff and faculty to report sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that occurs from members of the University community, its guests or vendors.
It is the goal of OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY to maintain an environment that is free from intimidation and one in which students may be educated to their fullest potential. Therefore, OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY will not tolerate physical abuse, threats of violence, or physical assault, such as acquaintance or date rape.
A student who participates or attempts to participate in a sexual offense will be subject to disciplinary action by the university, notwithstanding any action that may or may not be taken by civil authorities. A sexual offense may include, but is not limited to, sexual assault or abuse, threats, or the unwanted touching of an intimate area of another person's body.
Any student who is an alleged victim of any form of sexual assault should immediately call the university police or a university staff member. Reporting an assault does not mean the victim must press charges or take the case to criminal trial or to a university disciplinary hearing.
The alleged victim has the right to be notified of counseling services, both on and off campus. He or she also has the right to be represented by any person at a hearing that may result from an assault, and to be notified of the outcome of a hearing. In the wake of an alleged assault, a student living on campus also has the right to a reasonable change in the living quarters should he or she feels the need.
What You Should Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted:
If you are the victim of a sexual assault, go to a secure place and contact the OLLU Police Department at 210-431-4022, Monday - Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM or by dialing 210-433-0911 or extension 0911 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If an assault occurs off-campus, than the OLLU P.D will assist in contacting the San Antonio Police Department. The OLLU Police Department can also assist you in contacting a support person, a counselor from University Counseling Services, campus minister or a representative from The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio. You will also receive assistance in seeking medical attention.
**IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO AVOID THE URGE TO BATHE, SHOWER OR DOUCHE. AVOID CHANGING, CLEANING OR DESTROYING THE CLOTHES YOU WERE WEARING AT THE TIME OF THE ASSAULT. THERE IS A 48 -HOUR TIME FRAME IN WHICH FORENSIC EVIDENCE CAN BE GATHERED. IF YOU CHOOSE TO PROSECUTE, EVIDENCE TAKEN AT THIS TIME WILL BE VITAL.
Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill
The United States Congress enacted the "Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights" in 1992 as a part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992. This law requires that all colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights. It also requires the school to notify victims of their option to report their assault to the proper law enforcement authorities.
- Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
- Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
- Survivors shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
- Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
Changes in Academic and Living Situation
The Office of Student Life can assist the victim with issues including, but not limited to, class schedule changes, withdrawal procedures, or campus housing relocation. If the reporting student provides credible evidence that the accused student presents a continuing danger to a person or property or poses an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, the Office of Student Life may take interim disciplinary action against the accused student as appropriate.
Procedures for Campus Disciplinary Action
A student may also choose to report the assault to the Office of Student Life for disciplinary action regardless of whether or not the student has decided to press criminal charges. A student may also file a report of sexual assault against another student, or a faculty or staff member, by directly contacting the Human Resource Office