Project Stop Now!
Tougaloo College has entered into a cooperative agreement with the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to administer the 2003 Higher Education Association Special Initiative to Address Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses. Promulgated through a multidisciplinary consortium consisting of a victims service provider and local law enforcement agencies, this endeavor will enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigative strategies to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes on campus. Our policy demonstrates a zero-tolerance for any of the above mentioned forms of violence committed against students and employees of the institution. To foster a community free from incidences of violence that effect the social and academic development of our students, the college provides reporting options, victim/survivor assistance, internal mechanism for discipline and dispute resolution, prevention training, and other related services. Penalties for violence in any form against women will be extensive; not only resulting in on-campus sanctions and fines, but prosecution with local police and state authorities when warranted.
The College strongly encourages individuals to report incidences of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to the appropriate authorities and officials. Reporting an incident is the only effective way that action can be taken against the alleged assailant. Confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible and reports will be dealt with promptly. Various reporting points are established to ensure that the appropriate services are rendered. Victims are encouraged to use the following procedures:
- Go to a safe place.
- Immediately contact the Department of Public Safety at 601-977-7857 or 911. Security personnel will provide investigation and reporting options and assistance in obtaining immediate medical care, if necessary. Official investigations and reports are only conducted at the consent of the victim.
Sexual Assault Procedures
All victims of sexual assault are urged to preserve evidence of sexual assault and to seek medical treatment. Physical evidence can be used if the victim decides to pursue legal action. If the assault took place within 72 hours:
- DO NOT bathe; wash hands, or clean fingernails. It is important that victims preserve evidence that may be necessary to prove criminal sexual assault.
- DO NOT remove clothing worn during or following the assault, as these frequently contain valuable fiber, hair and fluid evidence.
- DO NOT apply or take any medication.
- If officials have not been contacted, call someone you can trust to take you to the hospital.
- If this assault occurred on campus, you should notify the Department of Public Safety at 601-977-7857. An officer can take you to the hospital.
- When you get to the hospital, tell the staff you have been sexually assaulted.
- DO NOT disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
By law, emergency room staff must contact the police when they treat sexual assault victims. The police will ask you to file a report, but you do not have to talk to them or file a report if you donít want to.
If the assault happened some time ago, you should explore the following options:
- Seek counseling.
- Seek medical attention for treatment of injuries or symptoms related to the assault.
- Consider reporting the incident to the police.
If the assault takes place on campus, notify the Department of Public Safety at 601-977-7857. Contact the Office of Counseling Services for assistance and information regarding victim services, rights, and options. A victim advocate is available to provide direct support services, emergency intervention, and referral to other community resources.
Also, contact the Dean of Students for investigation of complaint and possible administrative and judicial action.
Off-Campus cases are handled by the nearest Police Department and the Office of the Stateís Attorney. A positive and collaborative working relationship exists among local law enforcement agencies and Tougaloo College.
Services and Resources
The Office of Counseling Services provides an on-campus violence prevention program that administers a comprehensive prevention, education, and advocacy program that provides services to the entire campus community to include: prevention, training, public awareness, victim referral services, resources, campus programming. A coordinated community response with college departments and community agencies exist to assist in providing a full range of services. The community victim service providers listed below are available to provide forensic medical examinations, mental health counseling, crisis intervention, and legal assistance to persons who may seek off-campus assistance.
- Catholic Charities Rape Crisis Center
- City of Jackson Police Department
- Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- University Medical Center
Faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to ensure that departments extend support to all anti-violence efforts and to enforce policies regarding violence against women. The following departments are trained on how to appropriately respond to occurrences of violence on campus.
- Residential Life
- Judiciary Affairs
- Campus Security
- Counseling Services