Sexual Assault Prevention
The University of San Francisco recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue. The University will not
tolerate acts of sexual assault under any circumstances. Any USF student or
employee who commits sexual assault will be subject to disciplinary action
which may result in expulsion or suspension from the University in addition to
any actions external authorities may undertake
With the consent of the victim, all reported sexual assaults
will be investigated and appropriate disciplinary, legal action, or both, will
be taken. Once an incident of sexual assault becomes known to any University
official (employee) that person (with the exception of mental health
counselors) has an obligation to report that incident to the Department Of
Upon receiving the report, an Officer will be assigned to
conduct a preliminary investigation for reporting the incident to SFPD. SFPD
will then assume full responsibility of any criminal investigation. Victims
should be conscious of preserving evidence that may be useful during criminal
Public Safety reports are confidential.
Victims should be encouraged to follow up with the
University's Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Ministry or other
public and private services within the City. The University will make changes
in a victim's academic and living situation if reasonably possible.
The Sexual Assault and Drug/Alcohol Policies can be found in
their entirety in the FOGCUTTER, which is published and distributed annually.
Sexual Assault Prevention Tips
- Keep doors locked at all
- When moving into a house or
apartment, change or re-key all locks.
- If door keys have been lost,
change locks or re-key immediately.
- When returning home, have
your keys ready and enter the house as quickly as possible
- If you sense that something
is not right, do not go into your home or apartment. Call the police.
- Avoid going out alone at
- Do not leave clubs or night
spots with strangers or invite them to your apartment or home.
- Do not give your name, phone
number or address to a telephone caller.
- Never give a caller any
reason to think you are home alone.
- Hang up on obscene or
frightening phone calls. If they persist, blow a whistle loudly into the
mouthpiece. Pick up the harassing phone call log and write down the date,
time, and what was said and heard in each call.
- If threatening or obscene
calls persist, report them to Public Safety.
- In public elevators:
- Stand near the control
- Familiarize yourself
with the emergency buttons on the elevator.
- Look inside the
elevator to be certain no one is hiding inside before getting on.
- Get off if someone
suspicious enters. If you are worried about someone who is waiting for
the elevator with you, pretend you forgot something, and do not get on it
- Do not enter an
elevator if there is a person on it whom you are suspicious of. Wait for
the next elevator.
- If you are attacked,
push the alarm and as many floor buttons as possible.
- While walking:
- Try not to over load
yourself with packages.
- Vary your daily
- Avoid walking alone at
- Only walk on busy,
well lighted streets.
- Do not walk too
closely to the inside of a sidewalk, near bushes, alley entrance,
driveways or entrances to private places.
- Do not walk through
dark parking lots, parks or other dark places.
- Carry a whistle. You
may pick up a free whistle at the Department of Public Safety main office
in University Center Room 310 during normal business hours.
- If a car approaches
and the driver bothers you, walk in the opposite direction.
- If someone asks you
for directions from their car, walk over to a neighbor's house, open
business or other well lighted place where there should be people to help
- If you arrive home by taxi or
with a friend, ask them to wait until you are inside your home.
- Do not hitchhike or accept
rides from strangers.