The Victims Advocate is the designated coordinator of support services for all members of the campus community who have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The University victim advocate representative will contact the victim in writing and schedule a Resources, Rights and Options meeting. At this time the victim will be provided a written explanation of their rights and is advised of:
- Mental health
- Law Enforcement
- Other resources available on campus and in the surrounding community (locate resources outside of the community if applicable) (e.g. legal assistance, protective measures, etc.)
- Interim measures (e.g. student financial aid assistance, applying to change on-campus housing, immigration assistance, etc.)
- Obligation of the University to investigate every report of alleged sexual misconduct based on federal law
- Verify information from the initial incident report. The reporting party is not required to attend this meeting. If the reporting party does not respond, the victim advocate representative will make two (2) additional attempts to contact the individual. If the reporting party does not respond at all, the victim advocate representative will send written acknowledgement of nonparticipation. The reporting party may choose to participate at a later time. If so, the re-engagement process may begin at any time before the case is closed.
The University has an external memorandum of understanding with the local advocacy office to provide services outside of University business hours.
If You Experience Sexual Misconduct/Assault, Intimate Partner Violence (dating violence and domestic violence) and/or Stalking
Individuals who experience dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking should;
- Go to a safe location as soon as you are able
- Seek immediate medical attention if you are injured, or believe you may have been exposed to an STI/STD or potential pregnancy.
- Encouraged to contact the Victims Advocate at (567) 268-6021 during regular office hours and/or contact Seneca County Victims Assistance which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (419) 448-5070.
Additional options that provide reporting and support services are listed below
- Campus Administrator On-Call (Student Affairs) at 419-208-5235 (24-hrs.)
- Campus Security at 419-448-5136 Regular business hours, M–F*
- Tiffin Ohio Police at 419-447-2323 (24-hrs.) or 911
- Campus Title IX Coordinator at 419-448-3504 Regular business hours, M–F*
- Campus Health Services at 419-448-3429 Regular business hours, M–F*
- Campus Counseling Center at 419-448-3578 Regular business hours, M–F*
- Employee Assistance Program at Findlay (419) 424-1471 or Fremont office (419) 334-6669
- National Rape Crisis Center at 800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Domestic Violence Agency/First Step, at 800-466-6228
*Note that campus officials may contact on-call staff from other departments when their offices are closed or they are otherwise unavailable to assist immediately.
- It is important to preserve physical evidence that may include tissue and fluid samples, evidence of violence, sheets, towels, clothing, etc. You may choose to avoid washing, bathing, urinating, etc., until after being examined at the hospital, if at all possible. Because evidence of a sexual assault can deteriorate quickly, you may choose to seek a medical exam as soon as possible. Evidence collection should be completed within 120 hours of an assault, but fluids, hair samples, and DNA can be collected for a long time thereafter. Even if you have washed, evidence can often still be obtained. After 120 hours, it may still be helpful to have medical attention, even if you are not trying to obtain evidence of an assault. Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) are trained in the collection of forensic evidence, and can check for injuries and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. If you are still wearing any clothes worn during the assault, wear them to the hospital, but bring a change of clothes, as the hospital will keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence. If you have changed clothes, bring the ones you were wearing during the assault to the hospital in a clean paper (not plastic) bag or a wrapped in a clean sheet. Leave sheets/towels at the scene of the assault. The police will collect them. Typically, the police will be called to the hospital to take custody of the rape kit, but it is up to you whether you wish to speak with them or file a criminal complaint.
Choose how to proceed. You have options, and are encouraged to contact the Campus Victim Advocate to discuss your options: 1) Do nothing until you are ready; 2) Pursue resolution by the University; and/or 3) Initiate criminal proceedings; and/or 4) Initiate a civil process. You may pursue a combination of options.