Please read Delaware Valley College's Sexual Assault Policy. This policy was last updated in April, 2000.

    Delaware Valley College's Sexual Assault Policy has been developed to ensure consistent procedures in coordinating college and community resources in investigating sexual assaults. A sexual assault is a fundamental violation of an individual. It may threaten a person's safety, well-being, educational experience and/or career. Our policy is intended to meet the medical, legal, safety and psychological needs of the victim and to maintain confidentially. This policy is applicable to both on and off campus students and college employees.
    The policy also provides for measures and structures that will deal with the prevention of sexual assault through educational programming, as well as a continuing institutional dialogue, to assess services for victims. This is accomplished through workshops, residence hall programming and resource materials provided through the counseling and student health offices. Additionally, the Department of Public Safety and Security offers a Rape Aggression Defense program to female students, employees and friends of students and employees, free of charge. The Rape Aggression Defense course is a 12-hour course designed to empower women with options for their self-defense.

    A.  Prohibition

    1. Sexual assault violates the standard of conduct expected of every member of the college community and is strictly prohibited.

    B. Definitions

    1. Sex Offenses, Forcible

    a. Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person/s will; or not forcible or against the person's will, but where the victim is incapable of giving consent. An affirmative statement of action shall not constitute consent if it is given by a person who is unable to make a reasonable judgement concerning the nature or harmfulness of the activity because of his or her intoxication, unconsciousness, mental deficiency or incapacity or if the consent is the product of threat or coercion.

    2. Sex Offenses, Non-Forcible

    a. Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse (e.g. incest and statutory rape.)

    Any student or employee who believes that she/he has been a victim of sexual assault should contact the Director of Public Safety and Security or the Assistant Director of Public Safety and Security immediately. A female college official will always be available upon request. The Director of Public Safety and Security or the Assistant will initiate notification procedures. At all times, confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.
    Initial Notification;  If a victim or a friend of the victim notifies the Director of Public Safety and Security or his Assistant of a sexual assault, the Director of Public Safety and Security or his Assistant will immediately notify the Vice President of Student Affairs. Whenever possible, the Director of Public Safety and Security or the Assistant should be the first person notified of a sexual assault. The Director of Public Safety and Security or the Assistant is the college administrator responsible for coordinating all services and procedures associated with these incidents. All reports to the Director of Public Safety and Security or the Assistant remain confidential and no further action is taken without the emotional and safety needs attended to promptly, completely and confidentially. The Director of Public Safety and Security or the Assistant will also advise the victim of her or his options for further action and assist the victim in pursuing these options if desired. The Vice President of Student Affairs or the Director of Public Safety and Security will be the only college Officials authorized to discuss the situation with the victim's family.
    Immediate Services: A victim of sexual assault will be encouraged to receive immediate attention at the Doylestown Hospital in conjunction with the Delaware Valley College counseling center and/or student health services. Delaware Valley College has a working relationship with Network of Victim's Assistance (NOVA), and referrals are easily expedited. A college official will arrange escorted transportation for the victim. The trauma center at Doylestown Hospital is thoroughly equipped to handle sexual assault cases in a caring and professional manner. Sexual assaults will be investigated by the police department with the assistance of the Public Safety and Security Department. The Victim's Bill of Rights will be provided and explained by the police department investigating the incident.
    External Disciplinary Action: The victim is not required to press civil charges; in the event the victim desires to press civil charges or take legal action, however, the local police department will notify the Director of Public Safety and Security and the Vice President of Student Affairs as to what extent the college may investigate the sexual assault.
    Internal Disciplinary Action: All cases involving accusations of sexual assault must accord both the accuser and accused the following rights: (1) the victim's academic situation will be changed upon request; e.g. if the victim has a class with the accused, the accused's class schedule will be adjusted to another time period, or if the victim lives in the same resident hall, the accused will be moved to another resident hall; (2) the accuser and accused have the same right to have others present during disciplinary hearings; (3) the accuser and accused shall be notified of the outcome of campus disciplinary proceedings. Sanctions range from dismissal of charges to disciplinary expulsion.