If you are a victim of sexual assault at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety; you should then obtain necessary medical treatment. LWTech Campus Public Safety strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a prompt manner; time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be directly reported to Campus Public Safety or another Campus Security Authority. Filing a Police report with Campus Public Safety will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from Officers. Filing a Police Report will:
Ensure the victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests at no expense to the victim
Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally, a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
Ensure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention
When a sexual assault victim contacts LWTech Campus Public Safety, local Police will be notified. The victim may choose to have the investigation pursued through the criminal justice system and the campus judicial system, or limit the investigation to one of them only. Campus Public Safety, or other specially trained college authority, will guide the victim through available options, and support the victim in their decisions. Various counseling options are available through LWTech Counseling Services and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP); other support services are available through the local Rape Crisis Center and local support groups.
The College judicial system allows the victim, and the accused, to each be allowed to choose a person who has no formal legal training to accompany them throughout a judicial conduct hearing. Both the victim and the accused will be informed o the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the College Sexual Misconduct policy may be suspended or expelled from the College. The College will work with student victims to change their academic calendar after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.