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 complainant and respondent.  University personnel exercise sensitivity and discernment while striving to protect the privacy of the students involved.

Reporting Methods

Complainants may use confidential on-campus or off-campus resources, or file a report with Student Life. Individuals wishing to receive confidential help and support can use any of the confidential options listed below. University personnel are prepared to journey with the student to provide support, as well as assist the student in all aspects of reporting, up to and including the incident being investigated and the respondent confronted.

Emergency Reporting:

Graduate/DPS students who have been sexually assaulted or are in immediate danger should contact the following as indicated by each campus:

  • Newberg-Dundee Police Department: 911
  • George Fox Campus Public Safety: 503-554-2090
Portland Center, Salem & Redmond.
  • Local Police Department: 911

Reporting to a University Official:

Graduate/DPS students, on any campus, choosing to report a sexual assault to a University official may contact any of the following personnel:

  • Rebecca HernandezAssociate Provost of Local and Global Engagement & Chief Diversity Officer 
  • Elise Trask - Associate Director of Athletics 
  • Laura HartleyAssociate Provost for Liberal Arts & Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Mark Pothoff - Dean of Students
  • Brad Lau - Vice President for Student Life 

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:

Newberg Portland Center Salem Redmond

Police Reporting

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.

Online Resources and Information

Medical Assistance

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 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 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 alleged 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.