The purpose of this policy is to assist University compliance with the requirement of the Clery Act, as amended, by providing a policy statement containing the University’s policies and procedures pertaining to the following: prevention of sex offenses, reporting of alleged sex offenses, and the University’s disciplinary code in the event of an alleged sex offense.
It is the policy of Washburn University to have staff and services in place to assist students in reducing the risk of sex offenses by providing various programs for students to raise awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses as well as to take such disciplinary action as is appropriate under University policies to sanction the offender. Information concerning services and programs may be obtained in the Counseling and Testing Office, Morgan 122.
For purposes of this policy and compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, as amended, the term “sex offense” means the offenses described in Article 35, Chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A. 21-3501 et seq.) and include rape, indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy, adultery, lewd and lascivious behavior, enticement of a child, indecent solicitation of a child, prostitution, promoting prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual battery and promoting sexual performance by a minor.
For purposes of this policy and compliance with the Clery Act, as amended, the term “sexual assault” means one of the following “sex offenses:” rape (K.S.A. 21-3502), indecent liberties with a child or aggravated indecent liberties with a child (K.S.A. 21-3503 & 21-3504), criminal sodomy or aggravated criminal sodomy (K.S.A. 21-3505 & 21- 3506), sexual exploitation of a child (K.S.A. 21-3516) and sexual battery or aggravated sexual battery (K.S.A. 21-3517 & 21-3518).
Any person who is the victim of, or has knowledge of, an alleged sex offense occurring on the University’s campus, as defined by the Clery Act, may notify the University’s police personnel who shall contact the alleged victim(s) to determine (1) whether the victim wishes to pursue disciplinary action available to him or her, under the University’s Student Conduct Code or other University policy; and/or (2) if the victim of the alleged offense wishes to file a criminal complaint. The University police shall conduct a criminal investigation of, or jointly investigate with the Topeka Police Department, any sex offense involving a Washburn student. NOTICE: Anyone who is a victim of an alleged sex offense should take steps to preserve any and all physical evidence relating to the alleged incident.
Under the provisions of the Clery Act, as amended, it is the policy of the University that both the accuser and the accused are entitled to have others present at any stage during the disciplinary proceeding involving any case of alleged sexual assault. However, the right to have others present at any stage during the disciplinary proceeding is limited to having the other(s) serve in an advisory capacity to the accuser or the accused. University-imposed sanctions may include, but are not limited to, expulsion, suspension or probation.
As provided by the Clery Act, as amended, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought, alleging a sexual assault.
Students have the option, in any or all instances in which an alleged sexual offense has occurred, to notify the University Police Department and the Topeka Police Department.
It is the policy of the University that, whenever possible, it shall accommodate a student in making changes in academic and/or living situations in University-controlled housing following an alleged sexual assault against him/her, if requested.
- Counseling & Testing Services C.L.A.S.S.
- University Police Department
- Student Health Services
- Office of Student Life
- Residential Living
- Battered Women Task Force (BWTF)
Sexual Assault Service
- Topeka Police Department
- St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
- Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center
- Valeo Behavior Health Care
24-hour Crisis Line: 234-3300
- Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center
Rape/sexual assault awareness workshops provided by the Battered Women Task Force
Rape/sexual assault awareness campus/classroom guest lectures/programs sponsored by Washburn University
Counseling referral services
Programs, videos, literature
There are no guarantees against becoming a victim. Assailants select their victims based upon the assailant’s desires-they seek an opportunity. The following are suggestions that will help to reduce the opportunity and make you less vulnerable.
College and university campuses, like any busy neighborhood, are not exempt from crime. BUT, students, faculty and staff can make this special community a safe place to live, learn and work by taking common-sense precautions, being alert, and looking out for others.
Apartment complexes, townhouse/condominium communities and other multi-family dwellings pose unique security problems. Because of the temporary nature of many residents of rent/lease property, you need to make an extra effort to be aware of your surroundings. All the good crime prevention tips taught to participants in Neighborhood Watch also apply to those living in apartment communities.
Often apartment complexes have problems with auto thefts and burglaries. There are several measures that you can take to prevent this from happening to you:
There are no guarantees against becoming a victim. Most criminals take advantage of the situation at hand. If they are faced with obstacles and a risk of getting caught, they will most likely be deterred. In other words, criminals look for the most opportune moment to commit the crime. The following are some suggestions that may help keep you from being a victim.
Colleges and universities are unique settings and are not exempt from crime. The campus community also has the obligation of helping the law enforcement agency in fighting crime. By being alert, looking out for others, and reporting incidents to the Police, everyone will help make your campus a safe, fun place to live, learn, work, and visit.
In October 2002 (64 Federal Register 59060), as part of the Violence Against Women Act, a provision was added to the “Clery Act” requiring colleges and universities to include information about where information about registered sex offenders may be obtained. This information may be obtained on the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Web site: www.accesskansas.org/kbi/ro.shtml.