Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Violence
Committed to our students' safety.
Queens is committed to maintaining a respectful academic and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. This includes having an environment free from unlawful sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. Our policy (link below) applies to all settings and activities of the University, whether on campus property or off. Our policy covers all students, employees and other individuals who have a relationship with Queens that enables the University to exercise some control over the individual's conduct in places and activities that relate to the University's work.
Immediate Steps if You're Sexually Assaulted
Individuals are encouraged to report potential crimes of sexual assault (sexual assault
by a person that is known or a stranger) to law enforcement in addition to the Title
IX Coordinator/Deputies. The Title IX Coordinator/Deputies are available to assist
an individual in notifying law enforcement. Criminal and College investigations are
separate and may be conducted simultaneously. The University will not wait for the
completion of a criminal investigation in order to respond.
Although the University strongly encourages all members of its community to report violations of this policy to law enforcement, it is the victim's choice whether or not to make such a report and victims have the right to decline involvement with the police. The University AVP of Public Safety/Chief of Police or the Title IX Coordinator/Deputies will assist any victim with notifying local police if they so choose. Information about how to contact the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department may also be located at the rear of this policy under "Off Campus Resources."
- Get to a safe place if the assault is recent (for example: someone's home, the nearest hospital or police department).
- Call 911 to be taken to an emergency room for medical care and/or for immediate police protection and assistance. A complete medical evaluation will include a physical examination, treatment, evidence collection, and/or counseling. Remember, you will not be made to do anything you do not want to do and may decline any of the elements of this evaluation. You may have evidence collected without making an immediate report to law enforcement. It is your decision whether or not to make a report, but that should not inhibit you from having evidence collected. If you have been raped, it is important to seek medical care, especially if you have been physically injured. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries from the assault, there may be physical injuries that you cannot see, and medical and health centers can provide additional services such as testing for sexually transmitted diseases and emergency contraception, if appropriate.
- When you call 911, explain what has happened and request to be sent to an emergency department that has a SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). In the meantime, do not change clothes, bathe, douche or brush your teeth. This is important for the evidence collection process that will occur at the hospital.
- If you seek to place a report with the police or cooperate with a criminal investigation into your assault, it is best for evidence collection to occur within 96 hours of the assault. Evidence collection does not require you to place a report with the police or press charges; it just preserves these options for the future. Your right to have evidence collected without cost to you and without initially cooperating with law enforcement is afforded to you under the Violence Against Women Act (originally of 1994). Check with the hospital or local prosecuting attorney's office to determine how long your evidence will be preserved absent a formal report to law enforcement as this varies from state to state.
- Alternatively, go directly to the nearest Emergency Room. If you go to the nearest emergency department that does not have SANE services, you can be transferred to the nearest facility.