Sexual assault is a criminal act that violates the standards of our community and is unacceptable at the University. If you report a sexual assault violation, we will follow the procedures outlined here.
The University's Title IX Coordinator can assist a student in filing a report and is also available to refer to other support services. The Title IX Coordinator is trained to assist victims by providing information and discussing available resources and options (medical, legal, emotional and academic), by making referrals and providing access to appropriate University and community services as needed, and providing on-going follow-up to the victim.
You can contact the University's Title IX Coordinator, Sandy Hough, during office hours (Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m) at (562) 944-0351 ext. 5807, Student Services Bldg.
Students who believe they have experienced a violation of the Title IX/Sexual Assault Policy are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator for assistance. The Title IX Coordinator can assist a student in filing a complaint, and can also assist the student in notifying local law enforcement, if the student so requests.
Biola's policies and procedures for the processing of complaints are intended to comply with Title IX, the guidance issued by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the guidance issued by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and the requirements of the Campus SaVE Act (and the Violence Against Women Act).
The University will make every reasonable effort to preserve an individual's privacy and protect the confidentiality of information related to sexual assault. The degree to which confidentiality can be protected, however, depends upon the professional role of the person being consulted. The professional being consulted should make these limits clear before any disclosure of facts.
An individual can speak confidentially with certain persons in legally protected roles. They include counselors at the Biola Counseling Center, medical clinicians, clergy and sexual assault counselors.
Exceptions to maintaining confidentiality are set by law; for example, physicians and nurses who treat a physical injury sustained during sexual assault are required to report to law enforcement. Also, physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers must report a sexual assault committed against a person under 18 years of age to a child protective agency. Information shared with other individuals is not legally protected from being disclosed.
Sometimes victims, particularly college students, are afraid of getting in trouble for doing something they weren't supposed to be doing when the assault took place, such as drinking. While there’s a possibility that you can get in trouble, most authorities (and parents) will be understanding, particularly about minor infractions.
Reporting is a very personal decision, and you should make the decision that's right for you. While we encourage you to report, if you decide not to, for whatever reason, that's perfectly understandable and there's no reason to feel bad about your decision. However (and we can't stress this enough!) you still should follow-up with a counselor and get help for yourself; you've been through a serious trauma.
If the university becomes aware of a situation that may be considered a violation of our Sexual Misconduct Policy and the alleged victim has not come forward, the university will initiate a process with that person. If the situation involves an alleged incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, Campus Safety and/or the Title IX Coordinator will be notified to begin an initial investigation.
If an individual requests that the university not investigate or seek action against the alleged perpetrator, the university will need to determine whether or not it can honor such a request while still providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all individuals, including the individual who reported the incident. The university will consider factors in weighing an individual’s request not to investigate or seek action:
A. Circumstances that suggest there is an increased risk of the alleged perpetrator committing additional acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or other violence against the complainant or others in the university community, such as:
B. Circumstances that suggest there is an increased risk of the alleged perpetrator committing additional acts of sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or other violence under similar circumstances at a given location or by a particular group (e.g., whether the report reveals a pattern of perpetration).
C. Whether the sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or other violence was perpetrated with a weapon.
D. The age of the student subjected to the sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or other violence.
E. Whether the university possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence (e.g., security cameras, physical evidence).