Villanova encourages any community member who has experienced sexual violence to talk with someone about what happened so that they may obtain support and so that the University may respond appropriately. It is important to know that there are 24/7 resources, confidential resources, and a variety of support options available for any student, even if he/she does not wish to report the incident to the University or to the local police. Here is a synopsis of those campus resources, and you can click here to download a chart that outlines all resources available.
*A report of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct to the Student Health Center and/or SARC will typically not trigger an investigation by the Title IX Coordinator or Public Safety into the matter against the Complainant’s wishes. However, should there be a continuing threat to the community, a timely warning may still need to be issued to protect the community. The warning would not contain identifying information about the reporting person.
The best thing you can do is be a friend by:
Most importantly, it important that you are a good resource for your friend by knowing the following:
Call a SARC when you have any concern or question about a sexual assault. A SARC is available 24/7 at
484-343-6028. He/she is able to review all options available to a survivor of any act of sexual violence (including medical care, reporting, counseling) and can accompany a student to campus and/or community services to ensure that he/she receives appropriate medical care, emotional support, and follow-up information following any experience of sexual violence. If someone isn’t sure whom to talk to, calling a SARC is a good way to explore options.
Even though "sexual assault" is in our name, a SARC can review the options available to a survivor of any form of sexual violence, includng sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, retaliation, incest, and statuatory rape. A SARC can connect a student to a variety of resources, (medical care, reporting, counseling), and can accompany a student to campus and/or community services to ensure that he/she receives appropriate care and follow up information following an incident of sexual violence. Click here to read more about the SARC team at Villanova.
Because preservation of physical evidence is of the utmost important, a survivor should NOT:
However, if he/she has removed clothing that was worn at the time of the assault, the clothing should be stored in a paper bag. Additionally, if you suspect that you have been drugged with a predatory drug like GHB or Rohypnol, it is important that you request a urine sample be taken within 72 hours of the suspected drugging. Most predatory drugs are eliminated from a person’s system within 24-72 hours, so it is critical to request a sample be taken in a timely manner.
Complainants and Respondents are both entitled to a fair, prompt and equitable process. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office for detailed information regarding the disciplinary process for reports of sexual violence. You can also click here for more information.
Additionally, the University will appoint a support person for the Respondent if he/she wishes to take advantage of the option. The support person will review the disciplinary process, answer questions about what to expect, and/or check in with the Respondent throughout the disciplinary process. This person does not provide legal guidance or counsel.
It is also important for friends of the Respondent to understand how to appropriately support their friend. To read more about being the friend of a Respondent, click here.