Sexual Assault Response Team
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) are annually trained individuals on campus that will ensure that services are provided to victims of sexual assault. The teams training includes investigative training, the best methods to interview the victim; how to conduct comprehensive follow up interviews; as well as training related to the issues associated with dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, members of the SART team will be trained to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. Members of the SART include: the Director and Assistant Director of Student Health; Director of Campus Safety; Dean of Students; Vice President – Human Resources; and Vice President – Student Services. Others may be added as needed.
The SART shall provide all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking with the following:
- A copy of the College's policy and procedure regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking;
- A list of personnel on campus who should be notified and procedures for such notification, if the alleged victim consents;
- Information about the importance of preserving evidence and the identification and location of witnesses;
- A description of available services, and the persons on campus available to provide those services if requested.
- Services and those responsible for provided or arranging them include:
- With the assistance of Campus Safety or Student Health, transportation to a hospital, if necessary;
- counseling by a licensed counselor in Student Health and Wellness, or referral to an off campus counseling center; including specific information about responses to stranger or non-stranger sexual assault.
- with the assistance of Campus Safety, notice to the police, if desired;
- a list of other available campus resources, such as restraining orders, and/or appropriate off-campus resources.
- Information indicating that regardless of whether a victim consents to the disclosure of his or her identifying information, under state and federal law, a victim has: (1) the right to a Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examination at no cost to the victim/patient and (2) the right to participate or not participate with the local law enforcement agency or the criminal justice system, either prior to the examination, or at any other time. (Pen. Code §§ 13823.7, 13823.13, 13823.95.) Additionally, a victim may agree to engage with local law enforcement and participate in the investigation and prosecution using a pseudonym (i.e. Jane or John Doe) instead of his or her true name.
- A description of each of the following procedures:
- criminal prosecution;
- civil prosecution (i.e., lawsuit);
- District disciplinary procedures, both student and employee;
- District investigative procedure, including allegations that alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.
- modification of class schedules;
- tutoring, if necessary.