Reporting & Resources for Sexual Assault
To foster the safety and security of the entire community, George Fox University strongly encourages immediate reporting of all alleged instances of sexual assault. There are several reporting options described below.
Through investigating and resolving reports of sexual assault the University is committed to respecting the rights of all parties involved. To this end, the University is prepared to provide help, support, and assistance to the alleged survivor and the alleged perpetrator [Note: Until a determination of a violation has been reached, the word alleged is used to describe both the survivor(s) and the perpetrator(s)]. University personnel exercise sensitivity and discernment while striving to protect the privacy of the students involved.
An important element for alleged survivors to consider is the difference between using confidential resources or filing a report with a University official. Individuals wishing to only receive confidential help and support can use any of the confidential options listed below. Beyond receiving support and assistance, reporting to a University official means the alleged survivor is choosing to have the incident investigated and the alleged perpetrator confronted.
Graduate/DPS students who have been sexually assaulted or are in immediate danger should contact the following as indicated by each campus:
Portland Center, Salem, Redmond & Boise
- Newberg-Dundee Police Department: 911
- GFU Security Services: 503-554-2090
- Local Police Department: 911
Reporting to a University Official:
Graduate/DPS students choosing to report a sexual assault to a University official may contact any of the following personnel:
- Jim Foster, Dean, School of Behavioral and Health Sciences
- Dirk Barram, Dean, School of Business
- Karen Buchanan, Dean of Instruction
- Linda Samek, Dean, School of Education
- Chuck Conniry, Vice President & Dean, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
- Chris Meade, Chair & Director of MBA Programs
- Carol Brazo, Chair, MAT Program
- Richard Shaw, Chair, Graduate Department of Counseling
- Steve Bearden, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
- Shary Wortman, Assistant Professor, MAT Department
- Mary Olson, Director of MBA Program for Boise
Confidential On-campus Resources:
Graduate/DPS students in Newberg, Portland and Salem may receive confidential on-campus support at the Newberg campus. Alleged survivors and alleged perpetrators of sexual assault may contact the following to access these services:
- Health & Counseling Center (Medical & counseling needs) – Woodward House, 503-554-2350 (8am – 5pm, M-F)
- Spiritual Life – Sheridan St. House, 503-554-2320 (8am – 5pm, M-F)
Confidential Off-Campus Resources:
- Yamhill County Crime
- Services: 503-434-7510 (8am – 5pm, M-F), 503-434-4616 (Evenings & weekends) and online at http://oregoncrimevictimsrights.org
- Henderson House: 503-472-1503 (24-hour)
- Sexual Assault Hotline: 877-227-5946 (toll free)
- Center for Victims' Services of Washington County: 503-846-3020 (daily from 8:00 to 5:00) or online at http://www.co.washington.or.us/CommunityCorrections/VictimServices/index.cfm
- Marion County Victim Assistance Division: 503-588-5253 (8:30am - 5pm, M-F) or online at http://www.co.marion.or.us/DA/victimassistance/default.htm
- Deschutes County Victim Assistance Division: 541-388-6525 (8am - 5pm, M-F) or online at http://www.deschutesda.org/victimsassistance/victims-assistance-program/
- Ada County Family Advocacy Center & Education Services (FACES): 208-577-4400 or online at http://www.adaweb.net/prosecutor/VictimResources/FACES.aspx
Students are encouraged to file a police report and can speak to any of the University officials above for assistance, or directly contact local police. A specially trained detective may assist individuals in filing a report.
Following a sexual assault, the most important concern is for the health, safety, and care of the alleged survivor. As difficult as it can be, we strongly encourage students to seek medical assistance at the nearest Hospital Emergency Room immediately following a sexual assault. A medical examination is vital for the health and well-being of the sexual assault survivor, and also will offer assistance to law enforcement if a report is made. A medical examination is an important element of obtaining evidence if a person desires to press charges.
While the first inclination of an alleged survivor may be to take a shower, it's important to not wash, shower, bathe or douche; or to change, destroy or clean the clothes worn during the assault before having the exam. Forensic medical exams need to be conducted within 72 hours of an assault in order to obtain any evidence. It is important to bring a change of clothing if the person goes to the hospital. It may be necessary for the nurse or police to keep the clothes worn during the assault. If the person has already changed clothes, the articles of clothing that were worn can be brought in a paper bag.
Specially trained nurses generally conduct sexual assault medical examinations. Normally, there is no cost to the alleged survivor and it is not documented through the person's health insurance. Alleged survivors can request an advocate be present to assist during the exam. These exams can be performed without a report to law enforcement, and evidence can be collected and held for up to six months through an anonymous collection process. This gives the alleged survivor time to consider whether to report the incident to law enforcement.