Helpful Telephone Numbers
Department of Public Safety General
Office of Prevention Services
Department of Community Living
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
Psychological Counseling Center
Counseling and Rape Crisis Hotline
This appendix summarizes Brandeis University's relevant policies and services available to victims of sexual assault, and illustrates the university's compliance with the requirements of the 1992 Higher Education Reauthorization Act, section 485 (f).
Report All Sexual Assaults and Dating ViolenceStudents should immediately report all incidents of rape, acquaintance rape or other sex offenses to the Department of Public Safety at 781-736-3333 or 781-736-5000. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. The Department of Public Safety has full police powers and a staff of state-certified sexual-assault investigators available to assist you in this time of crisis.
When you report a rape or sexual assault to the police, you are assured of immediate physical protection and transportation to a medical facility. You are not making a commitment to file charges or to testify in court. The police investigation and legal proceedings may be discontinued at any point.
These sexual-assault investigators working in a team will ensure that you are properly cared for, evidence preserved and your personal safety ensured. Filing a report will:
- Ensure that a victim/survivor of a sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatments and tests
- Provide the opportunity for evidence collection, the victim/survivor should not wash, douche, use the bathroom or change clothing prior to the medical exam if at all possible.
- Assure that the victim/survivor has access to confidential counseling from counselors trained in the area of sexual assault.
Officers will outline for you the legal alternatives available to you against any identified assailant(s) including:
- The issuance of criminal complaints in state court, and/or
- The issuance of complaints under the university conduct system, i.e., campus disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against a student through the Department of Student Rights and Community Standards (cite section 3), and/or
- The issuance of complaints via other state agencies or university departments relative to the alleged assailant status with the state or university.
Officers assigned to your case will assist you through any conduct and or criminal proceedings you choose to pursue. There are various counseling options available both on campus, The Office of Prevention Services, Mailman House, student hotlines, Chaplains office, and employee assistance program and outside the university, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
Brandeis Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights
The Higher Education Amendments of 1992 enumerated the following rights to victims of sexual assault. Brandeis extends these rights to victims of all sexual violence and gender-based offenses as described in Rights and Responsibilities. The University publication A Resource Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors addresses the following rights and much more. The guide may be found online: http://www.brandeis.edu/preventionservices/docs/survivors-guide.pdf
- Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
- 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 notified of counseling services.
- Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic or living situations.
University Judicial System
Under Section 22.6 of the Rights and Responsibilities handbook, any accused student as well as the accuser has the right to bring an adviser of his/her choice from the university community to any hearings. This section also permits the passive assistance of legal counsel by either party, but only if coexisting criminal charges are pending resulting from the same incident.Possible sanctions to be imposed following the completion of campus disciplinary proceedings are included in Section 21 and 22 of the Rights and Responsibilities handbook. The sanction range includes verbal warning, disciplinary warning, residence probation, removal from residence, loss of University privileges, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the University.
The accuser will be informed of the outcome of disciplinary proceedings in which sexual assault is alleged. All other final sanction determinations will be communicated in writing to the accused and in some cases the accuser, usually within 3-5 business days.
Educational Programs on Sexual Assault
Educational programs on sexual assault are offered regularly by the Office of Prevention Services, the Dean of Students Office, the Department of Public Safety, peer counseling groups and the Office of Human Resources.
Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law-enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.
Members of the Brandeis community may access law-enforcement agency sex offender information maintained by the city of Waltham Police Department at http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/police-department/pages/sex-offender-registration