Clarke University is concerned about a victim’s physical and mental well-being. We are ready to assist a victim in dealing with the aftermath of an act of sexual misconduct.
A victim may request a change to his/her academic or living arrangements through the Dean of Students or Academic Dean. The University will honor such a request if necessary and reasonably possible. On-campus counseling services are available to students. Referrals are also available to off-campus services for part-time students or employees who desire to process what has occurred and seek professional assistance in coping with the effects of an assault.
Protection and Safety Tips
- Educate yourself about the realities of sexual assault. Knowledge can be a powerful tool in abuse prevention.
- Argue against dangerous gender roles and stereotypes that can lead to and perpetuate sexual violence.
- Trust your instincts. Pay attention and listen to your “inner voice” that tells you when something is wrong or feels unsafe.
- Don’t make assumptions about consent; about sexual availability, or about whether a person is attracted to you. If there are questions or any ambiguity, then you do not have consent.
- Be cautious when choosing to use alcohol or drugs. They will increase the risk of sexual violence.
- Be aware of date rape drugs and watch beverage at all times.
- Get involved and participate in the movement against sexual violence.
- Know that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault, regardless of the situation.
Prevention and Education
The University offers a number of educational programs over the course of the academic year addressing sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, and related topics. A specific program is presented to all new incoming undergraduate students during CONNECT orientation. Further programming is offered by various offices and student organizations including residence life, counseling services, and campus safety and security. Outside agencies may also contribute to educational programming for the campus.
Pursuant to federal law, students and employees will be educated and updated about security procedures, personal safety, crime prevention, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking in ways that are deemed appropriate for the campus community. This may include: primary prevention strategies, posting appropriate flyers, mass e-mail messages, placing articles in the student newspaper, classroom announcements and emergency meetings.