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Sexual Assault

In Case of Sexual Assault

If a student discloses that a sexual assault has recently occurred, stay with him/her in a safe place. Contact Public Safety emergency dispatch at 415-422-2911. Although you are contacting Public Safety, this does not require the student to make a report, it is merely the best way to get in touch with on-call staff. Dispatch will simply put the student in touch with a university staff member who is available 24/7 to support the student through the process.

Keep in mind that you are not expected to, nor should you, act as a counselor, and should always refer the student to appropriate services as soon as possible. However, you do have an opportunity to make a difference in the healing process in a supportive, non-judgmental way.

Here are some steps to guide you through this process:

Step 1: Explain the Limits of Confidentiality.

USF’s policy requires all university officials to report sexual assaults, so it is best to inform the student of this as early on in the conversation as possible.

Step 2: Provide support and basic crisis intervention.

Be supportive, non-judgmental, and empathic. Encourage the survivor to make her/his own choices and avoid giving advice. Provide information and options.

Step 3: Help the survivor identify options for obtaining help.

In most cases, this means referring them to the CMBIT by calling 415-422-5330 or emailing the Dean of Students at A follow-up process to ensure adequate support for the student will be made based on the student’s wishes.

Step 4: Notify your supervisor and the CMBIT.

Please keep in mind that USF’s sexual assault policy requires all university employees to report sexual assaults, even if the survivor does not wish to file a formal report. Base information USF needs to accurately report incidents in accordance with the Clery Act: Is the survivor a student? Is the perpetrator a student?
 Did the incident happen on or off campus?


Report of Past Experience

Your responsibility as a university employee is to support the student and refer her/him to staff who are trained to assist survivors of sexual assault. You should make either Counseling and Psychological Services or CMBIT aware of the report, via the reporting link above.

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