Policies

Response to Crimes Against Persons

Owner: Safety and Security
Pertains to: All students, faculty, and staff
Description: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information and suggestions for victims of such crimes. Hamline is committed to providing every possible assistance to crime victims.
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Introduction

Unfortunately there may be times when Hamline students will be victims of crimes such as assault. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information and suggestions for victims of such crimes. Hamline is committed to providing every possible assistance to crime victims.

There are two categories of service, primary and secondary, available to Hamline students who are crime victims. Primary resources are those which serve the community at large, such as police, the legal system and social service agencies. Secondary resources are those available on the Hamline campus.

Students have access to Hamline services whether or not they utilize the primary resources described below. However, it should be stressed that Hamline resources (e.g. security, administration) are more limited in their ability to address certain problems resulting from crimes. Thus they should be viewed as supplemental rather than as a substitute for resources such as the criminal justice system and emergency medical care.

Often the most painful and difficult aspect of being a crime victim is the sense of loss of control that it entails. If you are victimized, be it an assault, rape, or robbery, you may feel as though all your control over your life has been taken from you. At such times, it is essential that your sense of control over events, including events, which result from your victimization, be regained. One of the best ways to regain control is for you to remember that the decision to seek help of any sort is yours. It is your choice whether to involve the resources in the community or at Hamline as you cope with the results of a crime. No one else should make that decision for you.

It is the intention of Hamline to respect your choice. Hence others at Hamline will not make decisions for you as to whether to utilize any assistance, which is available to you. Others will, if you desire, help you to examine your options and will support your decisions whenever possible. In any case, remember that Hamline is concerned, and is ready to help you in any way possible, if you decide to use that help.

Hamline students who have been victims of crimes committed by either members or nonmembers of the Hamline community, including other students, staff, or faculty, are encouraged to make use of traditional service systems available to the community at large. This includes cases of crimes committed on Hamline property as well as elsewhere. These services include the law enforcement, medical, and social service resources available in the Saint Paul area.

Reporting the Crime

Victims of crimes who are in need of assistance or wish to have a crime investigated or prosecuted are encouraged to report to the Saint Paul Police Department. In an emergency, if you are on campus you should call 9-911 to report the emergency. If off campus call 911 to report the emergency. Be prepared to describe the emergency, plus your location and name. In non-emergency situations call Security and/or the Saint Paul Police at 651-291-1111. (Again, reporting crimes to university security is still recommended. It will help us make Hamline a safer community.)

You should be aware that reporting a crime is not equivalent to pressing charges. The latter is a decision that you can defer until a later date. If there is any chance that you may opt to press charges later, however, you should report as soon as possible. Reporting may also prove helpful to police while investigating other crimes by the same person.

If you have been threatened with further harm for reporting the crime, this may make you hesitate to inform police. It may help you to know that while no guarantees are possible, many professionals in the field agree that reporting the crime makes it less likely that the assailant will hurt you again. It is also a crime to tamper with a witness or victim. However, this is your decision to make.
The Office of Safety & Security will assist you in reporting crimes to law enforcement.

Medical Help

Students with injuries or suspected injuries as a result of crimes are strongly encouraged to seek competent medical attention as soon as possible. In addition to ensuring that physical needs are met, this medical care will serve another purpose: in cases where the crime may be prosecuted later such care also serves to provide important evidence essential to successful prosecution. In cases of sexual assault medical attention is strongly recommended.

See the Sexual Violence Policy and Discrimination & Harassment Policy for more information.

Social Service

1. Counseling and Health Services Center  

Victims of crimes wishing to talk about their experiences, seek help or learn about their options may contact the counseling center by coming in to Manor Hall or calling 651-523-2204 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F. At other times emergency assistance can often be arranged by contacting the Office of Safety Security (651-523-2100) and asking that someone from the counseling center be contacted.
The counseling center staff is available to provide confidential crisis counseling, information, or to act as a student's desired representative with other Hamline or community resources. If necessary the staff can usually accompany victims to the hospital, police, etc., following the crime.

2. Dean of Students 

The Dean of Students in Student Affairs division is available to assist students who are crime victims. Assistance for students seeking to prosecute and assistance in dealing with problems associated with the crime are available. The Office of the Dean of Students can assist with administrative and disciplinary actions necessary for the protection of the Hamline community, and can assist students wishing to consider filing a grievance or to press charges against an assailant. Other types of assistance available at Hamline or in the community can be explored. Although disciplinary action against Hamline students is often possible, utilization of the criminal justice system is strongly recommended as the main resource for dealing with serious crimes (assault, sexual assault, etc.).

3. Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault  

Persons who feel that they have been victims of sexual harassment or assault may use the Hamline University sexual harassment grievance procedures. You may also contact the Dean of Students Office to consult in cases where you feel you may have been a victim, but feel uncertain that what you experienced was in fact harassment or assault. They can help you to decide whether to take action and discuss your options under the harassment policy. See the Discrimination & Harassment Policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.

4. Resident Assistants  

In many cases Resident Assistants are able to talk with victims and can help the victims with immediate needs and with seeking further assistance. RA's receive training in basic counseling skills and have information necessary to refer students for additional help.

5. Preventive Awareness and Education  

Programs for awareness and education for the Hamline community are conducted each year on the Hamline campus. These programs are offered with the sponsorship of the counseling and health services center, Dean of Students and student organizations and involve community resources such as Sexual Offense Services.