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Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
The Central Texas College District Police Department educates the campus community about sexual assaults and date rape through comprehensive training classes and presentations each academic year. The CTCD Police Department and the Student Life Activities office offer sexual assault education and information pamphlets to College students and employees upon request. Important information on date rape protection, preventative measures and College response is available on this website.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety and immediately notify the Campus Police. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Central Texas College Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Filing a police report with a Campus Police officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
- Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim;
- Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
- Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Campus Police Department, timely warning notifications are made to the CTCD Administration, the Office of Student Life Activities, the campus SARC, and the CTC Housing Manager. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the College Institutional Disciplinary Process, Code of Conduct, or only the latter. Campus Police will guide the victim, at their request, through the available options and support the victim in his or her decisions. Counseling is available through the college or outsourced, at the request of the victim. This institution will change a victim's academic and living situation after an alleged sex offense has occurred, at the request of the victim, if these requests are reasonably available.
College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct are detailed here, online and in the student handbook and include:
- The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding; and
- Both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding that is brought alleging a sex offense. Compliance with this paragraph, the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding means only the institution's final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused.
- That the accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing.
A student found guilty of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense.