Rights and Options
What to Do
Call 9-1-1 if you are in the midst of any kind of emergency, immediate harm or threat of harm.
Victims of sexual violence (e.g., rape, acquaintance rape, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking), are encouraged to seek immediate assistance from police and healthcare providers for physical safety, emotional support and medical care. Police can escort victims to a safe place and provide transportation to a hospital or a sexual assault response center for a medical examination, if needed. Police will also provide access to the University Confidential Advocate. Victims have the right to have a friend, family member, sexual assault advocate, or other representative present while reporting the incident, along with the right to have a sexual assault counselor and support person of choice present during a rape examination.
If a victim prefers not to notify the police, seeking assistance from the Title IX Coordinator is strongly encouraged so they may provide information on options, rights and remedies, and/or a sexual assault counselor or advocate. Victims have the right to have a friend, family member, sexual assault advocate, or other representative present while reporting the incident, along with the right to have a sexual assault counselor and support person of choice present during a rape examination.
The campus Title IX Coordinator is available to assist victims in notifying the police. The sexual assault counselors and advocates listed below may also assist in notifying the police and/or the campus Title IX Coordinator.
Victims have the right to decide who and when to tell about sexual violence. However, it is very important that he/she get confidential medical attention after being assaulted. Medical examinations are essential in treating physical injuries, possible sexually transmitted diseases, and preventing pregnancies.
Who to Contact
The University has designated a Title IX Coordinator to provide victims with assistance and support, and to monitor and oversee overall compliance with laws and policies related to sexual violence. The campus Title IX Coordinator is available to explain such issues as:
- a victim’s right to file a criminal or non-criminal complaint
- the University’s relevant complaint process and assistance with such
- how confidentiality is handled
- what resources are available both on and off campus
- other related matters.
The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at:
Interim Title IX Coordinator
5152 N. Barton M/S RH82, Fresno, CA 93740