Sexual Assaults & Offenses

Sexual Assault

Definition

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against the person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Policy

It is the policy of Southwestern Christian University, in keeping with its Christian standards, to establish an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected. In accordance with 1992 Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights, SCU will make every effort to help students who are victims of sexual assault by providing options for reporting the crime as well as options for counseling and treatment.

Procedures and Services

Victims of sexual assault need to know that they are encouraged to report offenses immediately to the Office of Student Life or any SCU faculty or staff member.  The student has a range of choices available for counseling and support opportunities on campus or through outside agencies.  The following are numbers to Crisis Intervention support services:

  1. Bethany Police Department rape crisis intervention team.  For more information, call 405.789.2323.
  2. Crisis Hotline.  For more information, call 405.848.2273
  3. Deaconess Hospital Emergency Department.  For more information, call 405.949.6106
  4. YMCA Domestic Violence Hotline.  For more information, call 405.949.1866.
  5. Integris Health/Baptist Medical Center Emergency Room.  For more information, call 405.949.3155.
  6. Mercy Hospital Social Services Department.  For more information, call 405.752.3763.

The victim has choices open to him/her on many different levels.  It is your choice to ask that on-campus disciplinary procedures be activated by going to the Office of Student Life.

It is the right of the accuser and the accused to have others present during the proceedings and to have both parties informed of the outcome.  Potential sanctions may involve counseling, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the university.  It is also your choice to go directly to the police department if you desire.  Campus personnel can assist you with this process. 

Sexual Harassment

Southwestern Christian University is committed to providing its employees and students with an environment that is free of sexual harassment.  Sexual Harassment is strictly prohibited by the University and is against federal and state law.

Southwestern Christian University strongly encourages its employees and students to report any incidents of sexual harassment immediately so that complaints can be quickly and fairly resolved.

Students should immediately report the incident of sexual harassment to Office of Student Life or any SCU faculty or staff. 

Faculty and staff members should immediately report sexual harassment incidents to their supervisor, department head or diretor of human resources.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act and Registry of Sex Offenders

In conjunction with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, law enforcement agencies are authorized to release sex offender information to the public.  Additionally, in October, 2002, the U.S. Department of Education issued regulations instructing institutions of higher education to advise the campus community where law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  A list of Class A registered sex offenders is provided as a service to the community on the following website:

www.oklahomacounty.org/sheriff

A current registry of sex offenders living within the Bethany city limits is maintained and frequently updated at the Bethany Police Department.  A copy of the current report is available upon request from the Bethany Police Department at 6700 NW 35th or by calling 405.789.2323.