Immediate assistance
If a sexual assault has occurred, the university is committed to providing a variety of support and assistance to victims. Medical care following an assault is important to ensure the victim's safety and well-being, to evaluate any injuries, to consider pregnancy pevention, for preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and other health services.

Medical attention and resources
Immediate medical care, a sexual assault medical exam, and the services of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can be accessed locally at:

  • Doylestown Hospital Emergency Services
    595 West State Street
    Doylestown, PA. 18901

Prior to going to the hospital, victims are encouraged to contact the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) hotline at 1.800.675.6900.  Hotline advocates are available to provide counsel and information, and can arrange advocacy support at the hospital.

Preserving evidence
Any victim of rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking is advised to take steps immediately to preserve any evidence they may have in their possession and/or on their person. This evidence can be important proof if the victim chooses to pursue a protective order and/or criminal charges in the future.

Seeking medical treatment is an important option to preserve evidence for the future. If evidence is to be collected, go immediately to the hospital; avoid food, drink, smoking, showering or changing clothes as much as possible.  It is OK if you've done some of these things, as there may still be evidence to collect.  Other material, such as sheets, pillow cases or other fabric, are best placed in a paper bag for transport to the hospital where they can be evaluated for evidence.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek medical care and are advised that the hospital will notify police that an assault has occurred and that evidence has been collected. Students are not obligated to speak with police or to pursue a criminal complaint.  For victims age 18 or older, a sexual assault medical exam may be completed anonymously.

Students who would like the support of a victim advocate to accompany them to the hospital are strongly encouraged to contact NOVA, a local Network of Victim Assistance. The contact information is below.

Confidential resources for support and information after an assault:
Students can receive confidential support and information both on and off campus without making a report to the university or law enforcement.

  • Counseling Services (on-campus) in Elson Hall
    Phone number: 215.489.2317
    After 4:30 p.m. weekdays and weekends call Public Safety 215.489.4444
  • Health Services (on-campus) in Elson Hall
    Phone number: 215.489.2252
    After 4:30 p.m. weekdays and weekends call Public Safety 215.489.4444
  • Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) – off campus
    24-Hour Phone Number: 800.675.6900
    A victim advocate can accompany a student to the hospital or health provider
  • A Woman's Place – off campus
    Phone number: 800.220.8116

Emergency assistance and response

  • Office of Public Safety – Delaware Valley University
    Phone number: 215.489.4444
  • Doylestown Hospital Emergency Services
    595 West State Street
    Doylestown, PA. 18901
    Phone number: 215.345.2586
  • Central Bucks Regional Police Department
    Non-emergency line: 215.345.4143
  • Doylestown Township Police Department
    Non-emergency line: 215.348.4201

In the event of an emergency, where seconds count, dial 911.

Academic accommodations and other measures

Upon notice of a sexual assault, the University will take interim measures as needed to protect the safety, and emotional and/or physical well-being of parties involved in a report and the university community. These measures are taken regardless of whether a victim wishes to pursue action through local law enforcement.  A request for interim measures may be made by any party involved in a report.  Such measures may include:

  • No-contact directives
  • Changes in class schedules
  • Withdrawal from classes with no penalty
  • Changes in living arrangements
  • Change in work arrangements
  • Counseling or other supportive services
  • Medical services
  • Academic support services
  • Escort services to ensure safe movement on campus

In cases where the report of sexual harassment or violence poses an ongoing threat or risk to individuals or to the university community, the university may place an individual or organization on Interim Separation -- from the university, from residence, or from specified activities.