Sexual Assault Policy

This student policy has been written to ensure compliance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1992,Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights.)

The University of Michigan-Flint is committed to creating a community free from violence. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence and stalking as defined by State and Federal laws, will not be tolerated at the University of Michigan-Flint. The University recognizes the necessity of a community which is open and intellectually stimulating, where diversity of ideas is valued and every person’s safety, dignity and autonomy is respected whether they are students, faculty or staff, and regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, class, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Reporting Options and Procedures/Rights of Survivor

The Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutes of Michigan define sexual assault as a crime involving forced or coerced “sexual penetration” (first and third degree) or “sexual contact” (second and fourth degree). The University encourages the reporting of sexual assaults to the appropriate University officials as reporting is the only way the University can take action against the accused assailant. Survivors may report sexual assaults to:

  • The Department of Public Safety at 810 762-3335 or 911 from any campus phone. The exception is if you are calling from your cell phone or a pay phone on campus, 911 will connect you with the City of Flint Police, Fire and emergency response departments.
  • Women’s Educational Center: 810-237-6648.
  • Campus Counselor-Student Development Center: 762-3456.
  • YWCA of Greater Flint Crisis Line: (810) 238-SAFE.
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)-UM-Ann Arbor: 1-734-998-9368.

 

Survivors and persons receiving reports of sexual assault are reminded of the importance of preserving evidence that may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault or for use in University disciplinary proceedings.

The survivor has the right to have any and all sexual assaults against them treated seriously and the right to be treated with dignity. Because the University recognizes that a sexual assault is more than an assault on an individual’s body, but is also an attack on the individual’s dignity and sense of self, the University is committed to insuring that the decision to take action against the accused shall rest solely with the survivor. There may be circumstances, however, depending on the status of the alleged assailant and the seriousness of the offense, in which the University must take action to protect the survivor or other members of the University community.

The University upholds the right of the survivor to be free from undue coercion of any kind from University personnel, including but not limited to staff, faculty, and peer or student staff. Such coercion includes but is not limited to pressuring the survivor to report, not to report, or to under-report a sexual assault; suggesting that the survivor is somehow responsible for the sexual assault; suggesting that the survivor was negligent or assumed the risk of being sexually assaulted; or suggesting that the survivor or the University would incur unwanted publicity or humiliation by reporting the sexual assault.

Survivors who report the assault to the University will be fully informed in a timely manner of all of their rights and options, including the necessary steps and potential consequences of each option

Medical Services

A survivor who seeks medical assistance has the right to have the Hospital use equipment and methods commonly used to preserve and maintain the integrity of evidence of sexual assault.

Support and Counseling Services

There are several departments available to survivors who are seeking support, information, and counseling:

  • UM-Flint Women’s Educational Center (WEC) – 237-6648
    The WEC staff serves as an advocate for a survivor of sexual assault. Staff members are trained to provide information to survivors about reporting options, medical exams, available resources, and survivor’s rights. The WEC works closely with the YWCA of Greater Flint and will refer survivors to one of the YWCA’s sexual assault counselors. WEC personnel are also available to accompany survivors and provide support during hospital or medical exams, contact with law enforcement personnel, during campus judicial hearings, and for local court proceedings.
  • UM-Flint Counselor- 762-3456
  • The YWCA of Greater Flint Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program - (810) 238-SAFE
  • The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) on the Ann Arbor campus is a resource for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. 1-734-998-9368 The University of Michigan-Flint insures survivors confidentiality as per Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.2157a (1985).

All University personnel should refer sexual assault survivors to the Women’s Educational Center or the Campus Counselor. 

University Disciplinary Process

The survivor has the right to pursue the University judicial process against an accused student assailant through the Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Hall Judicial Process. The procedures a survivor may follow to pursue University action against a faculty or staff member are dependent upon the accused’s employment status. The University commits itself to providing judicial and disciplinary processes that are sensitive, supportive, expedient, and respectful of the individual rights of all involved. Both the survivor and the accused have the right to be accompanied by a support person through every phase of the process. Student survivors may choose to change University housing and academic arrangements, if such changes are reasonably available, without academic penalty.

Possible sanctions for students resulting from the University’s judicial process range from formal reprimands and community service to suspension and expulsion. Possible sanctions for faculty and staff range from reprimands to termination of employment. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the campus disciplinary process.

Criminal/Legal Options

In addition to the University’s judicial process and those disciplinary procedures applicable to faculty and staff, the survivor has the right to pursue criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. The Department of Public Safety is available to provide assistance and information on criminal prosecution. The University is committed to providing full and prompt cooperation and assistance in notifying the proper law enforcement personnel if the survivor so chooses. The survivor has the right to pursue all legal and disciplinary remedies and counseling services without academic penalty.

The Department of Public Safety also can provide information on the rights and remedies accorded to crime victims generally, including information about State and Federal laws regarding mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases, assistance in pursuing action under these laws, and notification of results of any such tests.
 

Statistical Reporting

The University will provide statistics of reported sexual assaults as required and defined by the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. All personally identifying information will be removed from the statistical reports.