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Sexual Assault Policy

PM 96-01

California State University, Dominguez Hills strives to provide an optimal environment for growth and learning. The campus community has a right to pursue these goals in an atmosphere conducive to personal safety. All forms of sexual assault are acts of aggression or violence against individuals. A sexual assault perpetrated on campus or in a campus-affiliated location will be investigated for possible disciplinary actions and/or criminal prosecution.

Sexual Assault is defined as any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to comply against her/his will. Such acts include, but are not limited to rape (including "acquaintance rape"), forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, or threat of sexual assault.

All incidents of sexual assault should be reported to the University Police, either directly by the victim or with the consent of the victim. The University Police will notify the Vice President for Student Affairs of all sexual assault reports, and will also notify other departments on campus, as appropriate, on a need-to-know basis. Protection of the identity of the victim will be of the highest priority in making such notifications.

If the victim reports a sexual assault to someone on campus other than the University Police, that person should encourage the victim to contact that department. If the victim cannot be persuaded to report the incident to the police, she/he should be referred to the Student Health and Psychological Services, the Women's Center, or the Vice President for Student Affairs for assistance and support. For more detailed information on this policy, see website at www.csudh.edu/pms/Old/AF-Health%20Safety.htm#96-01.

The campus has designated the Vice President for Student Affairs as the person responsible for collecting data on incidents of sexual assault on campus and at campus-related events. The Vice President will also be responsible for insuring that information on incidents of sexual assault are reported through the President to the CSU Chancellor’s Office, as required by AAES 87-07.