Sexual Assault Prevention Program
The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Specialist coordinates educational programming to the College community about sexual assault prevention. She also serves as an advocate for students who have been sexually assaulted.
The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention office is located in Room 109A in the Student Union. Hours of operation are posted on the office door. The telephone number is (304)788-6910, and the E-mail address is KaAnderson@mail.wvu.edu.
What to Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
1. Get Help! This is not the time to be alone. If there is no one to go to, and then call someone you can talk to, no matter how late it is.
2. Get medical attention . Any student who feels he/she has been sexually assaulted should call 911, go to the Emergency Room at Potomac Valley Hospital, or go to PSC’s Student Health Center (M-F, 8:30 AM -5:00 PM).
The sooner a sexual assault is reported, the easier it is to collect valuable evidence and initiate support services for the victim. Within 96 hours of the assault, the medical evaluation and rape evidence exam are available through a local hospital. If you decide to press charges, physical specimens collected soon after the rape will be valuable evidence. Completing the evidence collection does not commit you to filing charges.
To facilitate evidence collection the victim:
• Should not bathe or douche.
• Should not eat or brush their teeth if oral contact has occurred.
• Should place soiled clothing in a paper bag (plastic bags destroy crucial evidence) to be taken to the emergency room or police department.
Medical attention is crucial for assessing internal injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and possible pregnancy.
University Police may transport the victim to the hospital for medical attention. If the victim does not want to contact the Police, a friend or relative may transport the student to the hospital.
When the victim arrives at the emergency room, the hospital will offer to call the Family Crisis Center 1-800-698-1240 to arrange for a volunteer advocate to accompany the victim throughout the exam if she/he chooses.
Follow-up medical services can be arranged through PSC’s Student Health Center at (304)788-6913.
3. Report the assault to the Police and/or College officials, whether or not you plan to file charges. (Reporting a rape does NOT commit you to filing charges. You can make that decision later.) Have someone go with you. You can go the next day, but the sooner the better. Sexual assault is a crime and we encourage all victims to report.
Victims and/or witnesses are strongly encouraged to report the assault to the WVU Title IX Coordinator:
Mr. James Goins
Director of Equity Assurance and Title IX Coordinator
WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
P.O. Box 6202
1085 Van Voorhis Road
Morgantown, WV 26506-6202
Phone: (304) 293-5600
If the assault takes place off campus, students and/or victims should call 911 to contact the Keyser Police, Mineral County Sheriff’s Department or WV State Police. In addition, the victim should notify the University Police.
4. Consider whether you want to file charges with the Police and /or through the Potomac State College of WVU Student Conduct Office. The following is a list of contacts:
University Police: (304) 788-6931 or 911
PSC’s Student Conduct Office (304) 788-6910
PSC’s Dean of Student Affairs (304) 788-6843
PSC’s Social Justice Liaison (304) 788-6959
WVU's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (304) 293-5600
Mineral County Sheriff’s Office (304) 788-0441 or 911
WV State Police (304) 788-1101 or 911
5. Other local and College Support Services and Personnel include:
Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (304) 292-5100 (Hotline 24-hour advocacy)
Mineral County Health Department (304) 788-1321
WVU’s Sexual Assault/Education Specialist (304) 293-1377
PSC’s Sexual Assault/Education Specialist (304) 788-6910
PSC’s Behavioral Health Specialist (304) 788-6976
PSC Pastoral Services (304) 788-6868
PSC’s Social Justice Liaison is
Ms. Catie Snider
Social Justice Liaison
Potomac State College of WVU
Administration Building Room 118
6. Other resources include:
7. Policies and Laws Relating to Sexual Misconduct:
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, BOARD OF GOVERNORS, POLICY 44: POLICY REGARDING DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL & DOMESTIC MISCONDUCT, STALKING, AND RETALIATION