Healing after an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment or relationship violence is often a long and complicated journey. Regardless of when an incident occurred there are various resources available to help students get connected to ongoing support services.
Many times students want others to make decisions for them about what they should do next. At Gonzaga, we strongly believe in providing many options and encouraging students to practice self-advocacy in deciding what to do next. When students feel like they can’t advocate for themselves, we encourage them to consider talking with a counselor, advocate, or close family member or friend to assist in decision making. This is a healing process, and one that others can assist with, but it is not a process that anyone can walk for the student.
On Campus Resources
* SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM: Gonzaga has a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SART members are faculty and staff who volunteer to support students immediately following a incident of sexual misconduct. SART members are available to go to the hospital with students, help file police reports, and get students connected to on and off campus support services. You can reach SART by calling 509-313-2222 and asking for a SART responder. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can choose not to identify yourself when you call.
* CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY (509-313-2222) Officers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to incidents of sexual misconduct. Officers are able to take reports, provide support, and assist in contacting SART and/or local law enforcement. Campus Security can also help arrange for free transportation to local hospitals for students who wish to seek medical attention or pursue evidence collection after experiencing sexual assault.
* The STUDENT LIFE OFFICE (509-313-4100), located in College Hall 120, is available to provide support and resources to anyone who reports sexual misconduct. Professional staff in Student Life work with short and long term needs. Sometimes students find themselves in the same classes or residence hall as the person who assaulted or harassed them. If this happens, the Student Life staff can work with students to see what options are reasonably available to change these arrangements. Students often miss classes or assignments due to the emotional impact of sexual misconduct. Staff are available to help students look at their academic options, as well.
The Student Life Office can also facilitate communication agreements which prohibit any form of communication between involved parties and can help a student feel more comfortable moving around on campus.
The Student Life Office can explain what University judicial options a student can choose to pursue. Students should be aware that they can ask to pursue university judicial options at any point while both the reporting student and the accused student are both enrolled at the University. Some students may choose to pursue a case both through the police and through the University. Student Life staff can talk with students about what this may look like.
* COUNSELING CENTER- Counseling is often an essential piece of the recovery process. Students are encouraged to seek on or off campus counseling as soon as they feel ready. Gonzaga’s Counseling Center, located at 324 E. Sharp, is a short term counseling option available free of charge to students. The Counseling Center is completely confidential and no information disclosed in the Center will be shared outside of the Counseling Center without the student’s consent. Students can schedule an appointment by calling 509-313-4054.
* HEATLH CENTER- Health care is an important and often urgent concern. Gonzaga’s Health Center is available to attend to medical needs including STD and pregnancy testing after an assault. To schedule an appointment, please call 509-313-4052 or stop into the Health Center, located at 704 E. Sharp. Please be aware that the Health Center cannot collect evidence, but is happy to help get students free transportation to a local facility that can.
* DREAM OFFICE- Students who have on-going diagnosed health or mental health needs as a result of an incident of sexual misconduct may want to consider working with the DREAM Office to see if academic or living accommodations are appropriate. The DREAM Office can be contacted at 509-313-4134 or by visiting their office on the second floor of Foley.
* REPORTS AGAINST A STAFF OR FACULTY MEMBER- The University takes all reports of sexual harassment or assault seriously, and especially those incidents reported by students who allege harassment or sexual misconduct by a University staff or faculty member. In this instances, students can still report misconduct to the Student Life Office, but they can also go directly to Human Resources (102 E. Boone Ave, 509-313-5996) or the University's Title IX Coordinator (Crosby House, 509-313-6910). Any of these offices will assist the student in getting support and resources while also taking appropriate actions to investigate these serious allegations.
Off Campus Resources
MEDICALNEEDS/EVIDENCE PRESERVATION- Students are encouraged to seek medical attention after an assault. If it is within 72 hours of an incident, students should strongly consider having a sexual assault examination performed at a local hospital. Students who undergo a sexual assault examination preserve their ability to
file a police report and pursue charges, but are not obligated to. By Washington state law, the cost of sexual assault examinations are covered by local hospitals. The following hospitals are close to the university and have experience in performing sexual assault examinations:
|Sacred Heart Hospital
101 W. Eight Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
800 W. Fifth Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
Campus Security Dispatchers can arrange for free transportation to a local hospital or medical clinic for a sexual assault examination. Hospital and medical records are protected by a federal law called HIPAA, thus nothing a student shares at the hospital will be shared with the University. Gonzaga’s SART members are available to accompany students to the hospital.
LAW ENFORCEMENT- Students are always encouraged to report sexual misconduct that may also violate the law to the police. Any of the confidential or non-confidential resources listed earlier in this guide can assist students in filing a police report. Spokane Police can be reached at the following numbers: 911 (emergency and where potential collection of evidence is time sensitive) or 509-456-2233 (Crime Check- for any situation where the crime has already occurred and the alleged perpetrator is no longer around). Please know that professional staff in Gonzaga’s Student Life Office are available to discuss what the process of pursing a case through the police and court system is like.
ADVOCACY/SUPPORT- Lutheran Community Services is a local agency specializing in supporting persons who have experienced sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and other crimes. This agency also operates the SAFeT (Sexual Assault and Family Trauma Response Center), a service that has trained victim’s advocates available any time of day. Advocates can provide medical and legal advocacy and serve as a support resource for anyone who has experienced sexual or relationship violence. Lutheran can provide information about the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, which can help cover care costs after an assault. Finally, Lutheran also offers counseling and support groups to assist in the healing process. Lutheran is completely independent of Gonzaga and does not share any information with the university.
Lutheran Community Services
210 E. Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-747-8224 or 24 Hour Crisis Line: 509-624-7273
The YWCA of Spokane operates the Alternatives to Domestic Violence program which has a confidential safe shelter, provides legal advocacy, and hosts counseling and support groups. The ADVP crisis line (509-326-2255) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
COUNSELING- As we have mentioned many times, healing is an important part of this journey. Often counseling is one vital step in the healing process. There are various counselors and therapists available in the Spokane area who specialized in helping people become whole again. Referrals for local clinicians are available through Gonzaga’s Counseling Center and also through Lutheran Community Services.