If you have experienced sexual violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harrassment),
know that YOU ARE NOT AT FAULT. Reporting the incident does not mean you have to press charges or go through the college student conduct process, but it can be a step in regaining personal power and control. Coming forward is the first step on the path to healing, and you do not have to go through it alone.
What to do if you have experienced sexual violence recently:
Find a safe environment.
Preserve evidence of the incident. Put clothing in a PAPER bag; do not eat, drink, use the bathroom, shower, bathe or douche.
Seek immediate medical care. Even if you do not feel comfortable reporting to police, you can seek medical attention for any injuries anonymously.
Utilize the First Responder Network for support and information on other resources and services, 301-904-2015.
Look into follow-up mental health care through campus Counseling Services, 240-895-4289 or ext. 4289.
Explore filing a formal complaint of the incident.
If you have experienced sexual violence, below are some of your options for reporting the incident and/or seeking assistance. Please see the resources page for links.
Information Sharing Levels:
Strictly Confidential reports: Information will not be shared with anyone else without explicit permission of the individual involved except in rare and extreme situations (such as a major threat to the campus). In such a case, steps will be taken to protect the person's identity.
Anonymous reports: A report of the incident will be shared with the Sexual Assault/Wellness Advocate and the Title IX Coordinator. Any identifying information in these reports will be excluded.
Private reports: The information, including the identity of those involved, will be shared with the Sexual Assault/Wellness Advocate, Title IX coordinator, Student Conduct Officer, Public Safety, Dean of Students office, and relevant administrators.
Redacted reports: Information may be available to the public, with identifying information removed, in accordance with state laws.
Levels of Support:
Support Service: Our support services include counseling, advocacy, medical services, forensic exams, academic changes, residential adjustments, no-contact orders, and an opportunity to express concerns.
Formal Complaint: A formal complaint will trigger a formal investigation of the incident and can lead to a student conduct hearing.
Criminal Investigation: The incident will be investigated by local law enforcement and participate in legal action. This may be done with or without pursuing a formal complaint on campus.
Student Conduct Process
If you decide to pursue the student conduct process, you will first meet with the student conduct officer to discuss the hearing process, sanctions, and appeal options, and to learn about additional resources. Hearings for sexual misconduct are conducted by the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board, which is composed of three faculty, staff, and students from the College community, with the student conduct officer serving as advisor. A complete description of the hearing process can be found here.
The Sexual Misconduct Policy uses some terms that may be unfamiliar. Regarding the individuals involved, the policy refers to the person who has been the victim/survivor of a sexual misconduct as the "complainant," and to a person accused of sexual misconduct as the "respondent." Additional definitions for the distinct categories of sexual misconduct outlined within the College policy can be found here.