Undergraduate Student Handbook
Reporting and 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.
All complaints or allegations of sexual assault are investigated promptly by designated University personnel. Appropriate, corrective action may be implemented based upon the findings of the investigation. If any student or employee believes he or she has witnessed, or is a survivor of an alleged sexual assault, the person is encouraged to immediately report the incident to University officials as indicated below. Any person violating these policies may be subject to appropriate community accountability, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and suspension or dismissal if they are an undergraduate or graduate/DPS student. The procedures for community accountability can be found at the following link: http://www.georgefox.edu/offices/student-life/student-handbook/accountability.html.
The University strictly prohibits retaliation against any person reporting, assisting or participating in any manner in any community accountability investigation or proceeding. Retaliation is any action by any person that is perceived as: intimidating, hostile, harassing, retribution, or violent that occurred in connection to the making and follow-up of the report. This includes retaliation of any kind, whether it’s by an employee, student, visitor or other third-party. Any person violating this policy may be subject to appropriate community accountability, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and suspension or dismissal if they are an undergraduate or graduate/DPS student.
George Fox is deeply committed to the health, safety, and well-being of its students. Students are strongly encouraged to call 911 or seek other medical attention when the health or safety of themselves or others is threatened or appears to be at risk. The University wants to eliminate barriers for students who may be hesitant to seek medical or emergency help or report the incident to university officials because they fear being held accountable for policy violations (e.g., drinking alcoholic beverages). To encourage reporting, George Fox pursues a policy of offering students who are accessing help for themselves or others, conditional immunity from being charged with policy violations related to the particular incident. While there may be no community accountability sanctions for these individuals, the University may provide elements of help, support, and education.
An important element for alleged survivors to consider is the difference between using confidential resources or filing a report with Student Life. Individuals wishing to only receive confidential help and support can use any of the confidential options listed below. Beyond receiving support and assistance, contacting student life or other non-confidential personnel means the alleged survivor is choosing to have the incident investigated and the alleged perpetrator confronted.
Students who have been sexually assaulted or are in immediate danger should contact:
- Newberg-Dundee Police Department: 911
- GFU Security Services: 503-554-2090
Student Life Reporting:
Students choosing to report a sexual assault to Student Life may contact any of the following Student Life personnel:
- Mark Pothoff, Dean of Community Life, Stevens 3rd floor, 503-554-2313 (8am – 5pm, M-F)
- David Johnstone, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, Stevens 3rd floor, 503-554-2315 (8am – 5pm, M-F)
The following professional staff live on-campus and may be contacted at any time:
- Ben Kulpa, Associate Director of Residence Life/Area Coordinator – Houses, South, 503-554-3837
- Sarah Jobson, Area Coordinator – Hobson, Macy & Sutton Halls, 503-554-3840
- Jonathan Morell, Area Coordinator – Pennington, Carey, Willcuts & Beebe Halls, 503-554-3541
- Matt Dyment, Area Coordinator – Coffin & Edwards Halls, 503-554-3839
- Julia Hurlow, Area Coordinator – Apartments, 503-554-3841
- Assistant Area Coordinators & Resident Assistants – AACs & RAs can be an initial contact and they’ll assist the student in connecting with the student life staff.
Confidential On-campus Resources:
The following departments and individual employees provide confidential on-campus support and assistance for all alleged survivors and alleged perpetrators of sexual assault:
- Health & Counseling Center (Medical & counseling needs) – Woodward House, 503-554-2340 (8am – 5pm, M-F)
- Spiritual Life – Sheridan St. House, 503-554-2320 (8am – 5pm, M-F); Sarah Baldwin, University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Life, 503-476-6393 (after hours & weekends)
Confidential Off-Campus Resources:
- Yamhill County Crime Victim 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)
Students are encouraged to file a police report and can speak to any of the Student Life contacts above for assistance, or directly contact the Newberg-Dundee Police Department at 503-538-8321. A specially trained detective will assist individuals in filing a report.
Following a sexual assault, the most important concern is for the health, safety, and care of the survivor. As difficult as it can be, we strongly encourage students to seek medical assistance at the Providence Newberg Hospital Emergency Room (or at the nearest hospital) 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 a 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 survivor and it is not documented through the person’s health insurance. 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 survivor time to consider whether to report the incident to law enforcement.