Personnel Policy Manual

<<  Appendix D: Policy on Sexual Assault Procedure  >>

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to providing a safe educational and working environment for its faculty, staff and students. The University has adopted a policy addressing sexual assaults and offenses involving sexual violence in order to inform faculty, staff and students of their rights in the event they are involved in an assault and of the services available to victims of such offenses.

Members of the University community who are the victims of, or who have knowledge of, a sexual assault occurring on University property, or occurring in the course of a University sponsored activity, or perpetrated by a member of the University community, are urged to report the incident to campus authorities promptly. Persons who are victims of sexual assault will be advised by campus security of their option to file criminal charges with local police of the jurisdiction where the sexual assault occurred. Campus security and the Office of the General Counsel will provide assistance to a complainant wishing to reach law enforcement authorities.

A victim of an assault on University property should immediately notify campus security who will arrange for transportation to the nearest hospital. Persons who have been sexually assaulted will be taken to a hospital in Baltimore City designated as a rape treatment center. Mercy Hospital, 301 St. Paul Place (410) 332-9000 is the current designated center for adult examination and treatment. This hospital is equipped with the State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit.

The University will provide counseling to any member of the Hopkins community who is a victim of sexual assault and also will provide information about other victim services. Students can seek the assistance of counseling through their divisional counseling offices, and members of the faculty and staff can seek assistance through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP). A student who is a victim of sexual assault may request a transfer to alternative classes or housing if necessary to allay concerns about security. The University will try to accommodate the request if such classes and housing are reasonably available.

Persons who are the victims of sexual assault also may pursue internal University disciplinary action against the perpetrator. The University's disciplinary process may be initiated by bringing a complaint of sexual assault to the attention of a dean, department chairman or director, supervisor, divisional human resources office, or security office. The University's Associate Director for Compliance & Conflict Resolution also is available to render assistance to any complainant. Allegations of sexual assault will be investigated by the appropriate security offices and any other offices whose assistance may be valuable for gathering evidence. The University reserves the right to independently discipline any member of the student body, staff or faculty who has committed a sexual or other assault whether or not the victim is a member of the University community and whether or not criminal charges are pending.

Disciplinary actions against students accused of sexual assaults will be processed by the appropriate student affairs office of the School or campus attended by the accused student in accordance with established disciplinary procedures pertaining to the School in which the student is enrolled. Disciplinary actions against staff members will be governed by the procedures set out in the University's personnel policies. Disciplinary actions against members of the faculty will be processed by the offices of the dean of the appropriate academic division according to the procedures established by that division. Both a complainant and the person accused of a sexual assault will be afforded the same opportunity to have others present during a University disciplinary proceeding. Attorneys, however, will not be permitted to personally participate in University disciplinary proceedings.

Both the complainant and the accused will be informed of the resolution of any University disciplinary proceeding arising from a charge that a sexual assault has been committed. The disciplinary measures which may be imposed for sexual assault will vary according to the severity of the conduct, and may include expulsion of a student from the University and termination of the employment of a member of the staff or faculty.