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Sexual Assault Policy

Students committing sexual offenses in any form including acquaintance rape, can be prosecuted under Washington State criminal statues and/or disciplined under the Student Conduct Code.

The Washington State Criminal Code defines sex offense terms in RCW 9A.44.010

When they occur on campus, rape and other forcible or non-forceable sex offenses also violate the Student Conduct Code and may result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or permanent dismissal from the University. In cases involving an alleged sexual offense, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary hearing. Both the accuser and accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding as a result of an alleged sexual assault.

If you or someone you know is the victim of a sexual assault, report it immediately to the police. Except in cases involving domestic violence offenses, reporting the incident to the police does not mean that charges will be pressed, but it will be easier if you decide to do so later. Resources are available to help you on and off campus. Trained staff members assist victims in coping with the aftermath of assaults and in exploring available options confidentially. You are encouraged to tell someone and to seek help.

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