If you or someone you know has experience sexual assualt or misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking or sexual harassment, there are many different resources and options available to you for information, support and reporting. None of these steps is mutually exclusive; you may pursue any or all options.
For policies and information on resources and reporting, members of the campus community may view the following on CamelWeb, the College's Intranet (login required).
- Student Handbook: Includes definitions of prohibited conduct, recommended first responses, confidential and other reporting procedures, federal timely warning obligations and a Q&A regarding the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy and related procedures
- Sexual Misconduct Anonymous Reporting Form
- Honor Code Violation Incident Reporting Form
Help at any time
The director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy is a trained sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking advocate. She is a confidential resource and is typically available year-round to assist students who have experienced sexual misconduct, stalking or intimate partner violence. She also serves as a resource for friends of victims, as well as for faculty and staff supporting students, and she works with the Coordinated Community Response Team to ensure students have access to the information and support they need and want.
The director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy offers assistance with the following:
- connecting students with the appropriate services (medical, counseling, and legal)
- providing information about the reporting procedures, both on and off campus
- securing an on-campus no-contact directive
Call 860-439-2219 (Office: Cro 222) during business hours during the academic year or through through Campus Safety or the administrator on-call, who is a professional staff person from the Offices of Student Life, after business hours (Monday-Friday from 5 p.m.-8:30 a.m. and on weekends and holidays).
You can also contact Campus Safety directly at x2222, or your housefellow or floor governors can assist you. Off campus options for nights and weekends are also available — see the important phone numbers below.
Crisis support and counseling
Whether you are seeking support immediately after an incident or sometime later, there are several services available to you. The director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy can provide you with support, safety planning, assistance with accommodations (i.e. housing, academic, facility access, no contact orders), access to medical help, and legal advocacy. Student Counseling Services works with students on a short or long-term basis to promote the emotional and psychological healing and growth, and Student Health Services and/or L&M Hospital can assist you with any medical care you might need. The Sexual Assault Crisis Services of Eastern CT also provides crisis intervention services 24 hours a day.
Reporting an assault
You have the choice to report any crime to local law enforcement and/or the Office of Student Life. For more detailed information on reporting procedures, please see the Student Handbook (login required).
The following offices can assist you when you would like to focus on the emotional and physical healing process in relation to your experience as a survivor. These College professionals can also help you explore options in case you decide to pursue a formal College hearing or file a criminal charge. The people listed below may be able to assist you with room changes, course changes, access to emergency funds, etc.
- Rachel Stewart, director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy (860-439-2219)
- Student Counseling Services (860-439-4587)
- Student Health Services (860-439-2275)
- College Chaplain (860-439-2450)
When you go to one of these people for support and advice, the information may remain confidential and does not constitute official notice to the College of sexual misconduct. These staff members, with the exception of Student Counseling Services and College Chaplains, must anonymously inform the College that an incident was reported, per the federal Clery Act.
Reporting on campus
Formal complaints of sexual misconduct, stalking and/or intimate partner violence can be filed through the Associate Dean of Student Life or Campus Safety. The complaint may be addressed through the Title IX Complaint Investigation Process. There is no limitation to when complaints may be submitted.
Reporting to the New London Police
The New London Police Department is available if you would like to report sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, and, possibly initiate a criminal investigation. Please call the New London Police Department at 860-447-5269. Legal options can be discussed with the New London State’s Attorney Office at 860-443-8444.
Students are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention and support, regardless of when the incident occurred, in order to be:
- treated for any injuries
- given prophylactic antibiotics
- offered emergency contraception
Physical evidence of a criminal sexual assault must be collected within 120 hours of the assault. It is important that you do not wash yourself or your clothing before an examination (try to remember to bring a change of clothes with you). You are strongly encouraged to bring an advocate with you. Student Health Services (during business hours), the director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy or the administrator on-call (after hours) can provide you with support and arrange for transportation to L&M Hospital in New London.
Please note: You DO NOT have to press criminal charges to have a sexual assault examination completed. The state will hold the evidence for up to 60 days while you decide if you would like to make a formal report to the police department.
For more information, please visit: www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/vs030.pdf
**Sexual Assault Examinations are paid for by the State of Connecticut. Any additional medical needs, can be submitted to the Office of Victim Services (OVS). For more information, call OVS at 1-800-822-8428.
Alcohol and other drugs
An individual does not avoid or mitigate responsibility because s/he was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If someone is incapacitated they can NOT legally give consent. If you are underage, you will not get in trouble if you report a sexual assault that happened while you were drinking.
The Clery Act
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. When an individual comes to one of the campus support system people, that person must inform the Dean of Student Life that an incident was reported, per the Clery Act. However, privacy may be maintained — the victim's name and specific details do not need to be reported. Counselors and the College Chaplains may keep reports confidential and are not mandated to report any information.
For the purposes of Title IX, sexual assault is considered a form of sexual harassment where the Office of Civil Rights guidelines require that once an institution has received notice of the possible sexual harassment of a student, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what occurred, and if such is found to be the case, and take prompt and effective action to end the harassment and take steps to remedy the effects and prevent its reoccurrence. This course of action is the institution’s responsibility whether or not the student who was harassed makes a formal complaint or otherwise asks the school to take action. For more information, please see the Student Handbook.
Confidential/private on-campus resources
Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy
Student Counseling Services
Student Health Services
Dean of Religious and Spiritual Programs
Other On-Campus Resources
Campus Safety personnel are here to help; the officers can make contact with the Coordinator of Sexual Violence Education & Advocacy, Administrator On-Call, the New London Police, or medical personnel.
Dean of Students
Area Coordinators/ Residential Education And Living
Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT
24 Hour Hotline: 1-888-999-5545
24 Hour Hotline: 1-860-701-6000
Lawrence and Memorial Hospital
(860) 442-0711 (ask for the Emergency Room)
CT Coalition Against Sexual Assault
CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence
New London Police Department
Waterford Police Department