Sexual Assaults

Campus Safety and Security - Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma

Sexual Assaults & Offenses

Definition

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Policy

It is the policy of Southern Nazarene University, in keeping with its Christian standards and with efforts to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected and in keeping with the standards set in the 1992 Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights, sexual assaults on students of Southern Nazarene University are totally unacceptable and intolerable.

Program

Periodically through the year programs and materials are presented to highlight responsibilities and concerns in terms of sexual conduct, which aim at prevention of sexual assaults.

Procedures and Services

Victims of sexual assaults need to know that they are encouraged to report offenses immediately to the Student Development personnel, the staff at the Counseling Center and/or Student Health Center on campus, on-campus security personnel, and/or go to the hospital emergency room. Which hospital emergency room depends on where the YWCA has their current team – call 943-7273 for instructions. The student can avail himself/herself of the counseling and support opportunities on campus or through outside agencies. Listed below are some of the excellent Crisis Intervention Hotline support services.  

SNU-Main Campus (Bethany)
 
Bethany Police Department
     (BPD has staff trained in rape crisis intervention.)
 789-2323
Crisis Hotline   848-2273
 Deaconess Hospital Emergency Department  949-6106
 Domestic Violence Hotline-YWCA  949-1866
 Integris Health / Baptist Medical Center Emergency Room  949-3155
 Mercy Hospital Social Services Department  752-3763
 SNU Student Health Center  491-6605
 SNU Counseling Center  491-6335

SNU-Tulsa   
 Tulsa Police
 918-669-6000
 Tulsa Call Rape, Inc. (24 Hr)  918-744-7273
 Tulsa County Victim Witness Ctr  918-596-4915

The victim has choices open to him/her on many different levels. It is your choice to ask that on-campus disciplinary procedures be activated by going to the Student Development Office. Professional and Graduate Studies students should contact the Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies (Bethany and program specific sites) or the Director of SNU-Tulsa.

It is the right of the accuser and the accused to have others present during the proceeding and to have both parties informed of the outcome. There may be separate meetings. Sanctions may involve counseling, probation, suspensions, or dismissal from school. It is also your choice to go directly to the local police department if you desire. Campus personnel can assist you in this process. University personnel will also work with the victim to change academic schedule and living situations after the sexual assault incident, if requested by the victim and if these changes are reasonably available.

Whether you want to pursue the offense through any kind of judicial proceeding or not, it is important to immediately go to the Student Health Center or the hospital to receive proper medical attention and preserve evidence in the event of future decisions to pursue the offense within the legal system. It is also important to contact the Counseling Center and/or Student Development personnel so that you can receive guidance as to how to access the professional support and assistance that is available on campus, or for assistance in gaining referrals to off campus resources.


Sexual Harassment

Southern Nazarene University is committed to providing its employees and students with an environment that is free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is strictly prohibited by the University and is against federal and state law.

Southern Nazarene University strongly encourages its employees and students to report any incidents of sexual harassment immediately so that complaints can be quickly and fairly resolved.

Students should immediately report the incident of sexual harassment to their Resident Director, the Associate Dean of Student Development, or the Vice President for Student Development.

Faculty and staff members should immediately report sexual harassment incidents to their supervisor, department head, dean, or the Director of Human Resources.

For detailed policy information on sexual harassment, or sexual assault, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act & Register of Sex Offenders

In conjunction with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, Section 1601 of Public Law:  106-386 (H.R. 3244), law enforcement agencies were authorized to release sex offender information to the public.  Additionally, in October, 2002, the U.S. Department of Education issued regulations instructing institutions of higher education to advise the campus community where law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  A list of Class A registered sex offenders is provided as a service to the community on the following websites:


A current registry of sex offenders living within the city limits of Bethany is maintained and frequently updated at the Bethany Police Department. A copy of the current report is available upon request from Police department personnel at 6700 NW 35th. Phone: 789-2323.

SNU-Tulsa: A current registry of sex offenders in the Tulsa area may be found at www.tulsapolice.org, or by calling 918-596-9222.