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Sexual offenses

Procedures for sexual offenses

Any ATSU employee or student who feels they have experienced a sexual offense is strongly encouraged to seek assistance immediately by dialing 911 from any telephone.

Help may also be obtained by contacting Campus Security:

Arizona Campus
480.341.9075
Missouri Campus
660.626.2380

Victims of sexual offenses should first get to a place of safety, and then obtain necessary medical treatment. ATSU strongly advocates a victim of a sexual offense report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. It is best practice for parties involved in a sexual offense to preserve evidence by not showering, bathing, brushing teeth, changing clothes, or cleaning or otherwise changing the scene. Police officers will provide guidance in preserving items necessary for investigation.

Student victims may call the following for assistance in contacting local authorities and to seek counseling:

Arizona Campus
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
480.219.6026
Missouri Campus
Vice President for Student Affairs
660.626.2336

Employees may call the following:

Arizona Campus
Director of Human Resources
480.219.6007
Missouri Campus
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
660.626.2790

Counseling and victim support

Arizona Campus

ATSU and Mesa Police Department will work to assure victims have access to confidential counseling from counselors trained in sexual assault crisis intervention. ATSU has a counselor on staff who is available to students.

Other services available include:

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800.656.4673

Missouri Campus

ATSU and Kirksville Police Department will work to assure victims have access to confidential counseling from counselors trained in sexual assault crisis intervention. ATSU has a counselor on staff who is available to students.

Other services available include:

  • Victim Support Services Inc. provides confidential, 24-hour counseling services in Kirksville. They may be reached at 660.665.1617.
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800.656.4673

Student’s rights/conduct procedures

In the event an ATSU student alleges he or she is the victim of a sexual assault, and the alleged perpetrator is an ATSU student, ATSU will investigate the allegations to the fullest extent possible. This may lead to a conduct hearing and possible sanctions against the accused, including but not limited to reprimand, probation, suspension, dismissal, or required physical or psychiatric evaluation. The accuser and the accused have the right to be assisted by a non-attorney advisor, but advisors are not permitted to speak or participate directly in a hearing. The investigator will present the findings of the investigation. Witnesses with information relevant to the allegations may present their information. For complete information regarding student rights, responsibilities, and the conduct process, please see the Code of Behavioral Standards in the Student Handbook.

Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional conduct process when the allegation is a sexual offense and both shall have an equal opportunity to appeal the findings and/or consequences. Notification of the outcome to the accuser and accused does not constitute a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For purposes of this paragraph, the outcome of a conduct process means only the institution’s final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanction that is imposed upon the accused.

Sexual harassment

ATSU is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment. The University works to prevent harassment, and will take immediate action when allegations of sexual harassment are made. Retaliation is prohibited against an individual who has brought forward a complaint of sexual harassment and/or has taken part in an investigation as a result of a sexual harassment complaint. See ATSU policy 90-210 (Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation).

Sexual assault victim bill of rights

In compliance with federal law, ATSU will adhere to the following Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights. Any disciplinary hearings described below refer to ATSU internal conduct proceedings only and do not relate to criminal or civil proceedings in any court of law.

  1. Victims shall be informed of their options to notify law enforcement. ATSU will assist with notifying law enforcement personnel, if the victim so desires.
  2. Victims shall be notified of counseling services available.
  3. Victims shall be notified of options for changing their academic schedule and on-campus living situations.
  4. Both the accuser and the accused have the right to have others present during any disciplinary proceeding conducted by ATSU.
  5. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed in writing of the outcome of any ATSU disciplinary proceeding.

Role of professional counselors

ATSU “professional counselors” are not considered Campus Security Authorities, and are not required to report crimes for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics. Professional counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedure to voluntarily report crimes.

For purposes of this section, “professional counselor” is defined as an employee of ATSU whose official responsibilities include providing professional counseling to members of the university community, and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification.

Arizona campus

Emergency phone:
911 (off-campus)
3-911 (on-campus)

Security Office (emergency or non-emergency):
*7 (on-campus)
0 (switchboard)

Non-emergency Security Office:
480-341-9075
Andy Then
Security / Facilities Director

Missouri campus

Emergency phone:
911 (off-campus)
9-911 (on-campus)

Security Emergency and non-emergency
33 (on-campus)
1-660-349-9513 (Off Campus)
0 (Switchboard)

Non-emergency Security Office:
660-626-2380
Bob Frazier
Security Supervisor

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