Counseling, Support, and Medical Services Available to Survivors of Sexual Assault
Pitt’s Office of Sexual Assault Services (412-648-7930) provides individual and group counseling for individuals who have been sexually exploited in any way. Support is provided throughout the medical, judicial, and recovery processes. Survivors are also assisted with room changes and academic schedule changes.
Q: I am a survivor of sexual assault. How can I change my classes or where I live?
A: Survivors of sexual assault have the right to a change in their academic course schedules and living arrangements. University staff will make these changes at the survivor’s request according to the current availability of reasonable alternatives. If the survivor lives off campus, emergency living space will be provided in a residence hall. If the survivor lives in a residence hall, another residence hall room in a different location will be provided.
Q: I don’t know if I want to pursue legal action. What should I do?
A: Survivors are encouraged to report sexual assaults to the University of Pittsburgh Police Department (4-2121 or 412-624-2121) if the assault occurred on campus, or to the Pittsburgh city police (911) if the assault occurred off campus. Survivors have the right to refuse to press charges even if they file a police report. However, Pitt police will assist the survivor in pressing charges on or off campus if the survivor decides to do so.
If the alleged assailant is a Pitt student, the survivor also has the option of filing a complaint with the Office of Student Conduct (412-648-7910) and of pressing charges. The Office of Sexual Assault Services, University Counseling Center, Office of Residence Life, and Student Health Service will assist survivors in notifying these authorities and pressing charges if desired. The Office of Sexual Assault Services, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, and the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime also provide a support person to discuss options and accompany survivors through the legal process.
Q: How does the University take action against alleged sexual assailants?
A: In addition to possible legal action, if the alleged assailant is a Pitt student, the survivor has the option of filing a complaint against the assailant for violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This complaint may be resolved through an administrative meeting or a hearing.
Q: What happens during the hearing?
A: Both the survivor and the accused have a number of choices with regard to the hearing. The case may be judged either by an administrative hearing officer or by a three-member hearing panel composed of faculty and/or staff members and a student who are trained in campus judicial procedures. If the survivor and the accused fail to agree on how they would like the case to be heard, a hearing officer will be assigned. This hearing is closed to anyone other than the people directly involved.
The Office of Student Conduct, who serves as the hearing moderator, will enforce the following procedures:
Q: What sanctions can be imposed following a disciplinary hearing?
A: For both forcible and nonforcible sexual offenses, sanctions range from disciplinary reprimand (with possible residence hall dismissal if the accused lives on campus) to disciplinary dismissal from the University of Pittsburgh.
Punishment for convicted offenders may also be carried out by the public court system if the survivor pursues additional legal prosecution or civil action.
University of Pittsburgh Police
or Noncampus Phone
General Assistance 4-4040
Sexual Assault Services
Student Health Service
University Counseling Center
Environmental Health and Safety
PHONE NUMBERS (OFF CAMPUS)
City of Pittsburgh Police,
Fire, Ambulance 911
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
24-hour hotline 1-866-363-7273
Center for Victims of
Violence and Crime
24-hour hotline 412-392-8582
of Public Welfare
ChildLine for abuse reporting
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