Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
Members of the University community who have experienced sexual assault are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention. The UVA Medical Center Emergency Department is open 24-hours/day, 7 days/week. The UVA Department of Student Health is open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5:00pm (4:30pm during summer and winter breaks). In addition, Student Health has an Urgent Call line (434-297-4261) that is accessible outside of normal business hours. In addition, students are urged to immediately report any Prohibited Conduct that may constitute a crime to local law enforcement (“Police”), as well as the University. All faculty members are “Responsible Employees,” which means that they are required to report any information that they have received, whether intentionally or not, about instances of student sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX coordinator within 24 hours. Reporting is critical to the well-being and safety of the University community and is the University’s obligation under federal law. Therefore, failure to report may result in disciplinary action (see section 2.5, “Obligations to Observe Policy"). Faculty members should familiarize themselves with the policies on reporting sexual misconduct and the resources available to survivors of misconduct by reviewing the materials available on the website, Resource and Reporting Guide for UVA Students.
While the Title IX Office manages all aspects of investigation and adjudication of reports made to the University (involving faculty, staff, and students), the Office of the Dean of Students (“ODOS”) can provide students with information, support, and assistance and can arrange for a broad range of remedial and protective measures. ODOS employees have received training for this purpose and will assist students in determining whether certain forms of support, remedial and/or protective measures may be beneficial and appropriate, and coordinate such measures with the Title IX Coordinator when appropriate. ODOS employees are Responsible Employees and are therefore required to report information disclosed to them about Prohibited Conduct to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Students may also seek confidential resources and support through engagement with clinicians in Student Health, the Women’s Center or other clinical resources.