Sexual Assault Reporting
Recommendations on What to do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
The following recommendations should be read in conjunction with the WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS POLICY 44, POLICY REGARDING DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL & DOMESTIC MISCONDUCT, STALKING, AND RETALIATION.
Potomac State College of WVU is committed to providing its students with a campus environment free of sexual offenses. Potomac State College does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form.
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).
Note: 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
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 Students: 304-788-6843
PSC’s Social Justice Liaison: 304-788-7136
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 Licensed Counselor: 304-788-6976
PSC Pastoral Services: 304-788-6868
PSC’s Social Justice Liaison is
Ms. Catie Snider
Sociology Assistant Professor
Potomac State College of WVU
Administration Building Room 118
6. Other resources include:
7. Policies and Laws Relating to Sexual Misconduct:
Board of Governor’s Policy 44: POLICY REGARDING DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL & DOMESTIC MISCONDUCT, STALKING, AND RETALIATION
The purpose of this notification is to try to help victims of sexual harassment including domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, etc. to deal with the effects of being victimized.
Persons who have questions about the student conduct process are encouraged to meet with either Student Conduct personnel located in room 109A on the top floor of the Student Union or with the Dean of Students in the Student Life office located in room 104 of the Administration Building. If you, the victim, are not sure about what will happen or your role in the process, please ask. We will work with you to help you through this process.
You do not have to file a police report in order for the Potomac State College student conduct process to be implemented. It is very helpful to the Student Conduct Board if you participate in the conduct process in order for your voice to be heard.
If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you are strongly encouraged to contact the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 304-293-5600 to talk with a trained professional about steps that you should take to file an official complaint. You are also strongly encouraged to contact the PSC Student Conduct Office at 304-788-6910 to learn about your rights as a victim through the student conduct process.
It is important for you to know that the victim and the person who is accused of the behavior have the same rights under the PSC Student Conduct Code. Both you and the victim may have a representative with you during the hearing and in cases of expulsion; the representative may be an attorney who may participate in the hearing. Please note, the College does not pay for either attorney.
The College will takes steps to help to ensure your safety, i.e., temporary suspension from College or residence halls, room relocation, behavior contract, trespassing notices, etc., however the College cannot absolutely guarantee anyone’s safety so if you, the victim, ever feel unsafe because of the behavior of the accused student then you should immediately call 911.
The Student Conduct Board may accommodate concerns for the personal safety and/or well-being of the Complainant, Accused Student, and/or a witness during the hearing by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or by permitting participation by videophone, closed circuit television, video conferencing, videotape, or other means, where and as determined in the sole judgment of the Dean of Students or his/her designee to be appropriate.
You, as the victim, will be kept informed throughout the student conduct process. You will be made aware in writing of the hearing information as well as the outcome and appeal decisions of the Student Conduct Board at approximately the same time as the accused.
Below is a list of useful WVU/PSC contacts and resources that you are encouraged to use. If you have question, please ask them. We will guide you through this difficult time.
Useful Campus and WVU Contacts/Resources:
WVU’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
WVU Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
PSC Student Health Center
PSC College Counselor
PSC Student Conduct Office
PSC University Police
PSC’s Social Justice Liaison