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This protocol provides staff persons, to whom an assault may be reported, an opportunity to respond in a manner designed to best serve victim's needs and meet institutional responsibilities.
This protocol, resource listing, and proxy reporting process have been established to provide an appropriate and coordinated response to campus victims of sexual assault. Developed in consultation with various university units, this protocol should be used in conjunction with campus sexual assault policy and individual unit procedures.
Any time you are informed by a student that they have been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault you should do the following:
Confidentiality should be provided to both the victim and the accused to the extent possible and consistent with one's authority to do so.
The victim may choose to do one or more of the following:
The victim may wish to report the incident to the University Police. A female officer may be utilized to assist a victim. After providing victim support, an investigation will be conducted to determine crime and suspect. The University Police Sexual Assault Response Team is trained to respond, utilizing specialized skills.
Call 716-645-2222 or
Use a blue light phone
Off Campus — Call 911
Downtown — Call 911
If the assault occurred off campus, the victim may wish to report the incident directly to local police (generally Buffalo or Amherst). Unless an investigation will be compromised or jeopardized by doing so, the local police generally inform University Police when they receive a substantiated report of a sexual assault involving a UB student. The police, however, are not required to notify UB University Police and may be willing to consider the victim's wishes when determining whether, and how, UB should be informed.
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Students should know that local prosecutors will counsel them about their involvement in a criminal case (some victims have elected to consult and retain local attorneys to represent their interest in the courts, but it is certainly not necessary to do so).
Victims or survivors of sexual assault may experience emotional trauma caused by the loss of trust, control, self-esteem, power and judgment. Common symptoms include shock, fear, anxiety, depression, withdrawal, loss of normal coping mechanisms, insomnia, and headaches. The healing process begins when victims/survivors are able to tell someone about their experience. The initial care and support they receive can help reduce the sense of loss. It is crucial that respondents understand and be sensitive to the emotional aftereffects of sexual assault. Specifically, respondents should be aware that:
Counseling experts offer advice to those who want to help someone recover from the trauma of sexual assault. They recommend that you:
Victims should know that individuals and groups, on and off-campus, are available to support them throughout this incident.
Call Crisis Services
The victim may wish to discuss the incident with Crisis Services, a community response agency, in person or on the telephone. A Rape Advocate Counselor from Crisis Services will meet a victim or go to the hospital for support. Tell the victim Crisis Services will provide a formal assessment of immediate medical and psychological needs. It will also evaluate the victim's needs, provide immediate counseling and support, and can make referrals for longer term care on personal concerns.
Go to the Emergency Room
The victim may wish to go directly for medical help and/or a forensics analysis. Hospital emergency rooms are the only place where evidence necessary for medical and/or forensic evaluation and court testimony can be collected. Victim's should be advised not to shower, bathe, or change clothing prior to going to the Emergency Room as this will destroy important physical evidence.
Arrangements should be made to have someone accompany victim to the hospital (you, friend, staff member, resident advisor, Crisis Services Advocate).
For physical evidence to be useful, it is best collected as soon as possible. The collection of medical evidence does not presume that charges will be pressed. As part of evidence collection, emergency room protocols involve testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Emergency room personnel can also offer the victim immediate counseling services, as well as local victim advocacy services. University Police generally arranges transportation to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH) or Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) for these purposes. Each has its own policies and protocols.
Go to Student Health Services
The victim may wish to go directly to Student Health Center (located on the South Campus) for treatment. The Health Center will follow a sexual assault medical treatment protocol including: (1) tests for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and counseling, (2) in the case of a female victim, a pregnancy test and counseling, and (3) referral for follow-up care and counseling. The victim should know that immediate testing is recommended, but Health Center cannot collect evidence or testimony for prosecution.
Call Counseling Services
All contacts with the Counseling Center are confidential. The staff will provide counseling support or crisis intervention services. During business hours you can reach the counseling center at (716) 645-2720. After hours or immediate contact with a counseling psychologist can be arranged through University Police.
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202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-5800
Contact Student Conduct and Advocacy
If the victim is interested in information about the campus disciplinary process and how it might apply to a case, a meeting with Judicial Affairs can be arranged as soon as the victim wishes. At that meeting, the disciplinary process will be reviewed, explaining what the student's participation in the process would involve, so that an informed decision can be made on whether to file a formal complaint on campus.
Contact Student Life or Academic Units
The Dean of Students' Office and academic units are always available to provide personal and administrative support. The offices may be able to assist in making arrangements with academic departments for leaves, extend deadlines for class assignments, postpone exams, change class schedules to separate victim and assailant, and change housing situations. They can also provide information about the University's formal judicial process.
Contact Campus Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
If the assault is related to sexual harassment, this office should be advised.
Victims may wish to speak with their parent(s) or another family member. The University strongly encourages open communication between parents and students. Student Advocacy can assist with this, you can reach them at (716) 645-6154.
Contact a Friend
Victims may wish to seek support from a relative, friend, clergy member, residence hall advisor, faculty member, etc.
Contact External Legal Services
Victims may elect to consult with a personal attorney.
Take No Action
Victims may wish to do nothing other than have a conversation with you. A proxy report, however, should be filed in any case.
Consider Assistance for Others
While the victim's care and support is the first priority, roommates or friends may be in need of counseling and support as well. Who are they? Where are they?
Contact State Crime Victim's Board
Compensation for losses and reimbursement for assault-related expenses might be available through this service, if a police report is filed within five days of an attack (charges do not have to be pressed, however, to qualify). This agency can be contacted through University Police (call 716-645-2227 or email email@example.com)
Campus personnel, other than those with significant counseling responsibilities (such as licensed professionals or certified counselors), must file a report when informed by a student of a sexual assault to maintain compliance with the federal Crime Awareness Act. For further information on reporting requirements, contact University Police or Student Conduct.
It is important for the university to coordinate institutional responses on behalf of victims. If your unit has a sexual assault protocol or policy, please provide a copy to the Vice President of Student Life.