Preservation of Evidence and Medical Assistance
A person reporting sexual misconduct is reminded of the importance of taking every precaution to preserve all evidence and to abstain from tampering with any items at the scene, changing clothes or washing any area of their body. Under some circumstances, the reporting party should seek immediate medical attention before washing themselves or clothing. If clothes have been removed, place each item separately in paper bags. The reporting party should preserve all phone call logs, emails, text messages, online communication and other evidence that is relevant to the specific complaint.
Medical assistance can be sought from any emergency room, such as the one located at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Michigan. Financial assistance for hospital exam costs may be available—contact Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission for more information (517-333-SAFE).
In addition to the collection of evidence, hospital staff is able to check for other potential injuries and respond to the potential of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Confidentiality, Counseling and Support
The University will seek to be sensitive, supportive and respectful to all involved individuals. The University will also seek to take reasonable steps to maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality and will refrain from including in publicly available records the identity of the reporting party.
Although the University will attempt to limit the number of individuals who may learn about an allegation of Misconduct, the University cannot guarantee confidentiality in all matters. The University will attempt to balance the reporting party's request with the moral responsibility and federal guidelines to create a safe and nondiscriminatory environment. Ultimately, and especially in cases that involve pattern, predation, threats or violence, the University reserves the right to proceed in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
To comply with certain federal laws, the University is required to report statistics regarding Misconduct on its campus. Recordkeeping for this statistical report will be accomplished without the inclusion of identifying information about the reporting party or witnesses to the extent permissible by law.
Counselors and chaplains (hired or appointed by the University for a specific job description to provide counseling and pastoral care) have confidentiality obligations that prohibit them from reporting and activating established University processes. Therefore, while these individuals are able to provide confidentiality and important support, they are not the designated individuals to whom formal or informal reports should be given (see below).
A person reporting sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and discrimination based on sex are encouraged to seek the assistance of trained professional support systems. On-campus services for students include:
Off-campus community services for students include:
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