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East Tennessee State University

Complainant Information

Additional Information for Complainants/Dealing With The Aftermath:

University personnel will assist any student who is the complainant of a sex offense in notifying law enforcement, in obtaining medical assistance, and in pursuing counseling. If a student requests a change in her/his academic or on-campus living situation, then the university will accommodate the student's request if those changes are reasonably available.

All complainants are afforded the following:

Notification of available on-campus and off-campus resources, including medical assistance, mental health counseling services, law enforcement agencies, and campus conduct options.

Information on their options to notify and if necessary file a complaint with proper law enforcement authorities (if other than ETSU Public Safety), and the option to be assisted by Public Safety or other university officials in notifying such authorities, if the student so chooses.

The opportunity to request that the university take steps to prevent unnecessary or unwelcomed contact or proximity to a respondent. All requests should be directed to the Associate Dean of Students. Such measures may include housing relocation of the complainant or respondent, the imposition of a campus "no contact order" between the parties, and adjustments to course schedules or living arrangements to prevent contact, as determined appropriate by the Associate Dean of Students' Office, and information from Public Safety on how to obtain and off campus order of protection.

Opportunity to report retaliation. Any concerns of retaliatory behavior should be reported immediately to ETSU Public Safety 24 hours a day at 423-439-4480 or by calling 911.

What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe place, one that is well-lit and where there are other people, preferably people you know and trust.

Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, chew gum, drink, change clothing or even comb your hair before seeking medical attention. It is only natural to want to do so, but you may be destroying physical evidence that could be needed later if you decide to pursue an investigation.

Call the police as soon as possible to report the assault. If you are on campus call ETSU Public Safety at 911 or 439-4480. If you are off campus and call 911, the local police will respond to your call. By calling the police you are reporting the crime and seeking the protection of the police. Reporting does not mean that you have to prosecute. See the following section for more reporting options.

If you wish, call a friend, family member or other trusted person to be with you. A counselor from the ETSU Counseling Center can accompany you to the hospital or police station, call 439-4841 during weekday hours, and after hours, the Counselor on Duty can be contacted through Public Safety at 439-4480. The counselor provides confidential emotional support and can also help you consider your reporting options and what to do next.

Get immediate medical attention. You may have sustained injuries or contracted a sexually transmitted infection; therefore, the sooner you seek medical attention, the better. The Student Health Clinic provides medical care during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday. During non-business hours or for the purpose of evidence collection, the Johnson City Medical Center offers specially trained nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) through their emergency room to support you through the medical exam and administer a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK). Again, collecting the evidence does not mean you need to make any decision to prosecute.

Seek follow-up counseling. Whether or not you report the assault or prosecute, a trained counselor can help you deal with the emotional trauma of an assault. You may call the ETSU Counseling Center at 439-4841 and ask for an OASIS advocate. All counseling is completely confidential.

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