September 20, 2010

To Students, Faculty, Staff, and Visitors:

Federal law mandates institutions of higher education that receive federal funds must provide detailed information about crime statistics and plans for crime prevention.

This document contains information specific to Rensselaer as required in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The report provides students, employees, and interested individuals information on the security operations, building hours, and policies concerning drugs, alcohol, weapons, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and acts of intolerance.

We hope you find this important information helpful. Please do not hesitate to call or write me with your comments or concerns.

Paul Murphy
Operations & Facilities
860-548-5392 Office
860-548-7887 Fax
E-mail:

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Hartford Campus
Safety and security at Rensselaer falls under the Operations & Facilities Depart­ment with the purpose to promote a safe, problem free environment for students, staff, and visitors.  Responsibilities include monitoring the Tower, Seminar, and Plaza buildings, the parking garage, and the surface lots. There are no residence halls or non-campus buildings.

Campus Environment
The fifteen-acre campus is north of Hartford's central business district.  The nine-level Tower and two-level Plaza buildings house classrooms, computer labs, faculty/staff offices, and support functions.  The Seminar Hall building comfortably seats over 100 people for classes and seminars.  The four level parking garage and surface lots provide 450 and 330 spaces, respectively.

Campus Security
Rensselaer contracts with Security Services of Connecticut, a professional security agency, to provide one full-time uniformed guard 24/7. The number of guards may increase depending on events or special needs.

Rensselaer introduced a card access system in May 2010. The “tunnel” is now the primary entrance for students, faculty, and staff. Visitors are also directed to the tunnel entrance. Those individuals without an access card will “call” the receptionist through a video display system and the receptionist may grant entrance into the building. Visitors will then sign a log book and will wear a visitor pass while in the facility. 

As part of the card access system, the reception desk moved from Level 3 to Level 2.At the same time, the RPIAlert, an emergency notification system, was promoted to each individual as they received their access card.  The intention was to both increase awareness and participation. Handouts explained the alert system details and the benefits of signing up.

Three Hartford campus individuals are trained and authorized to issue an alert: Paul Murphy, Operations & Facilities, Natalie Sutera, Student Records & Administration, and Brian Clement, Technical and Information Services. The procedure to issue alerts varies with the severity and the timing of the event but the overriding factor is the safety of those using the facility. Weather alerts can, for the most part, be anticipated and discussed prior to the event. In this case, conversations between senior Hartford and Troy management will make the decision. More immediate emergencies, such as a water leak or power loss, once again depending on the severity and timing influence the alert response time.  The most life threatening events, initiated from individuals, nature, neighborhoods, or the building itself, can initiate an immediate alert.  At the same time, calls to the city police or fire departments will bring trained responders to the building. Once an alert is issued, updates will follow to keep the community informed.

Security's primary function is to observe the grounds and facilities, secure Rensselaer buildings at posted times, and monitor for fire and other hazardous conditions.  Security officers do not carry weapons or have the power to arrest; however, they will challenge and escort suspicious individuals off campus.

Each spring, bushes are trimmed to reduce areas where individuals can hide. Burnt out exterior lights are replaced, and locks and hardware are maintained in working condition and promptly repaired when inoperable.

Building Access
Normal Building Hours:
Monday-Friaday 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday Closed.

Note:

  • Security attempts to notify people approximately 15-30 minutes prior to the facility's scheduled closing.
  • Security will request students to leave the facility at closing.
  • Hours may vary during Holiday periods and between terms.
  • Weekday and Saturday access is through the north Plaza (to Level 3) and the "tunnel" (off the main parking lot, Level 2) entrances.
  • The building is closed on Sunday.

Procedures for Reporting
In any hazardous or threatening situation, rapid notification to the proper personnel is important.  We encourage students, faculty, staff, and visitors to notify the receptionist of safety and security prob­lems occurring during normal building hours. If you witness a crime in progress, the receptionist will notify on-site security and/or call the Hartford police department.  Dial "0" with an on-campus phone to reach the receptionist, extension 2448 to reach security. Staff size permits only intermittent monitoring of the security telephone.

The receptionist is on duty Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 9 P.M. and Saturday, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM.

If you are a victim of a crime, but in no immediate danger, campus security will take a report and, if requested, contact the Hartford police. When reporting an incident, give your name and location.  Try to be observant by describing individuals and events as completely as possible, including the location and the direction taken by suspects.

Victims may make a voluntary, confidential report of a crime. That crime will be included in the crime statistics.

The annual disclosure of crime statistics is prepared by Paul Murphy, Operations & Facilities. Records of crimes on campus are completed and retained by Security and are the basis for the statistics. Crimes committed in Public Property are made available through the Hartford Police Department (HPD).

There presently is no policy concerning witnesses making voluntary, confidential crime reports. 

Escort Service
Security will provide escort service to parking areas upon request during normal building hours. The receptionist will contact Security.

Prevention Information
We publish information in our Student Handbook advising students about Rensselaer's urban campus environment. Set back from Windsor Street, the open area in front of the facility acts as a buffer from our immediate residential and business neighbors. One should understand, however, that the campus is subject to similar criminal activity that occurs in the neighborhood that surrounds it.

Individual awareness is essential for any security program. Each person must take responsibility for personal belongings by following common sense precautions such as not leaving valuables unattended in classrooms, library, or offices. Valuables should be placed in the car trunk rather than left in plain view. Leave the facility with a friend or classmate whenever possible and have the key in your hand when you reach your car.

Periodically, security memos are distributed offering common sense safety measures. Operations & Facilities has prepared a volume of reference material to address security and sexual assault. The information is available for review in the Security office on Level 2.

Rensselaer will issue notices whenever a crime is committed on campus that is:

  • Listed in the Clery Act.
  • Represents a threat to the campus community.

Alcohol Abuse and Illegal Drugs
Rensselaer's policy on alcohol abuse and illegal drugs is published annually in the Student Handbook. In summary the policy states:

  • Rensselaer maintains an environment free from effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, and the misuse of or abuse of prescription drugs.
  • Individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol are subject to disciplinary actions and notification of law enforcement agencies.

Weapons on Campus
Possession and/or use of firearms and/or dangerous weapons is strictly prohibited and may violate State law. This applies to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Sexual Harassment
Rensselaer's policy on sexual harassment is published annually in the Student Handbook. In summary the policy states:

  • Rensselaer is committed to providing a work and learning environment free from unwelcome sexual advances.
  • Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or any other physical or expressive behavior of a sexual nature.

Sexual Assault Policies
Although Rensselaer is a nonresidential institution, the threat of sexual assault still exists. Victims of sexual assault should report the incident to the local police department and campus security. Rensselaer will assist the individual in contacting the Hartford Police Department, if desired. The Sexual Assault Crisis Service at the YWCA provides a 24-hr. line at 1-888-999-5545.

Internal investigations will follow procedures listed in the Student Handbook under Acts of Intolerance, while police investigations will follow their established operating procedures.

Rensselaer has a strong interest in preserving a safe academic environment whether or not the behavior has been or could be subject to criminal law. Although disciplinary proceedings follow the basic rules of due process, they are not subject to rigid criminal procedures. Therefore, discipline may be imposed with a finding of probable violation of school rules, instead of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Also:

  • Confidentiality of the internal proceedings guarantees and protects the victim's right to privacy.
  • The accused and accuser will be notified of the outcome in any sexual assault case.
  • Reasonable academic changes to the victim's academic arrangements.

The victim of sexual assault has the right to choose when and if to press criminal charges.

Sex Offender Registry
The State of Connecticut site: http://www.state.ct.us/dps/sex_offender_registry.htm links to the Connecticut Department of Public Safety. The menu to the left provides a link to the Sex Offender Registry.

Local police departments will also provide this information upon request. Keep in mind that the accuracy and completeness of the web site and police department records depends on the information provided by those required to register.

In Hartford, Rensselaer will take a supportive role in crime investigation with the local police departments.

Statistical Data for Crimes on Campus - Hartford

General

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder/non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Sex Offenses:

 

 

 

    Forcible

0

0

0

   Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Hate Crimes
Hate crimes by prejudice from the above reportable Crime Statistics:

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder/non-Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Sex Offenses:

 

 

 

  Forcible

0

0

0

  Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

Larceny-theft

0

0

0

Simple assault

0

0

0

Intimidation

0

0

0

Property damage

0

0

0

 

Arrests/Disciplinary Actions on Campus
Arrests or persons referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug-related violations, and weapons possession:

Violation

2007

2008

2009

Liquor Law Arrests

0

0

0

Liquor Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Drug Law Arrests

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession Arrest

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

 

There is no "Non-campus building or property."

There are no "Student Residences."

The Hartford Police Department provided the statistics for the next two categories. The statistics cover “Crime 1500’ of 275 Windsor Street.”

 

Statistical Data for Crimes on Public Property - Hartford

Public Property covered is outlined on the map below.

hartfordareamap

General

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder

0

0

0

Sex Offenses:

     

   Forcible

0

0

0

    Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

1

1

1

Aggravated Assault

1

2

1

Burglary

1

2

0

MV Theft

1

2

3

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Note:

  • There was one late night murder just outside the “Public Property” area in 2008.
  • In the Public Property area there were 11 larcenies

Hate Crimes
Hate crimes by prejudice from the above reportable Crime Statistics:

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder

0

0

0

Sex Offenses:

 

 

 

  Forcible

0

0

0

  Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

Larceny-theft

0

0

0

Simple assault

0

0

0

Intimidation

0

0

0

Property damage

0

0

0


 

Arrests/Disciplinary Actions off Campus
Drug-related violations, and weapons possession:

Violation

2007

2008

2009

Liquor Law Arrests

0

0

0

Liquor Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Drug Law Arrests

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession Arrest

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possission violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

There is no "Non-campus building or property."

There are no "Student Residences."

Mystic Executive Park - Groton

Site Environment
Rensselaer began classes at the Mystic Executive Park, 115 Poheganut Drive, on January 12, 2009. The one level 54,000 SF facility is home to two other companies, TriVin and Progeny Systems. Rensselaer leases 7,600 SF housing 5 classrooms, including a computer classroom, a student lounge, and student services area. Parking surrounds the building, but as the day tenants leave parking is available in the front and sides of the building for our evening students. There are no residence halls or other buildings used.

Campus Security
There is no on-site security at this facility.

A card access system, similar to Hartford, will be introduced to our leased spaced in the Mystic Executive Park in the fall 2010 semester. As of this writing the equipment is installed and materials promoting the RPIAlert system were distributed to students. Other tenants have card access into their leased space, however, the building’s two main entrances do not have card access or electronic locking mechanisms.

Building Access
Normal Building Hours for Rensselaer use:
Monday - Thursday:   3-10 p.m.
Friday:    Depends on seminar/class schedule
Saturday:  Depends on class schedule
Sunday:  Closed

Hours may vary during Holiday periods and between terms.

Procedures for Reporting
In any hazardous or threatening situation, rapid notification to the proper personnel is important.

There are two outside telephone lines in the reception area that can be used to dial 911. Remember cell phone use will not identify location.

If you are a victim of a crime, but in no immediate danger, call the Groton Police Department, (860) 441-6710, to report the crime and offer information for a police report. When reporting a crime, give your name and location. Try to be observant by describing individuals and events as completely as possible, including the location or direction taken by suspects.

Victims may make a voluntary, confidential report of a crime. That crime will be included in the crime statistics. There presently is no policy concerning witnesses making voluntary, confidential crime reports.

In Groton, Rensselaer will take a supportive role in crime investigation with the local police departments.

Through the main Rensselaer campus in Troy, New York, we are asking students, faculty, and staff to sign in the RPIAlert notification system. Individuals are asked to provide email addresses and telephone numbers that can be used to notify people of an emergency situation at Groton.

The annual disclosure of crime statistics our Groton site is prepared by Paul Murphy, Director, Operations & Facilities. Crimes committed in Public Property are made available through the Town of Groton Police Department. This year’s statistical request was made for crimes in calendar years 2007, 2008, and 2009. The results include crimes at the Mystic Marriot, where as is the case of hotels, there is a frequent turnover in the daily/weekly population.

Develop Good Habits
Individual awareness is essential for any security program. Each person must take responsibility for personal belongings by following common sense precautions such as not leaving valuables unattended in classrooms, library, or offices. Valuables should be placed in the car trunk rather than left in plain view. Leave the facility with a friend or classmate whenever possible and have the key in your hand when you reach your car.

Statistical Data for Crimes on Campus - 115 Poheganut Drive, Groton, CT

General

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder/non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

Sexual Assault:

   

 

    Forcible

0

0

0

    Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Hate Crimes
Hate crimes by prejudice from the above reportable Crime Statistics:

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder

0

0

0

Sex Offenses:

 

 

 

  Forcible

0

0

0

  Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

Arrests/Disciplinary Actions on Campus
Arrests or persons referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug-related violations, and weapons possession:

Violation

2007

2008

2009

Liquor Law Arrests

0

0

0

Liquor Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Drug Law Arrests

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession Arrest

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

There is no "Non-campus building or property."

There are no "Student Residences."

 

Statistical Data for Crimes on Public Property

Public Property covered is outlined on the map below.

The crime statistic report provided by Town of Groton Police Department does not identify the exact street address where the crimes occur. There were no reportable crimes under the Crime Statistics Act.

General

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder/non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

Sexual Assault:

 

 

 

   Forcible

0

0

0

   Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

 

Hate Crimes
Hate crimes by prejudice from the above reportable Crime Statistics:

Offense

2007

2008

2009

Murder

0

0

0

Sex Offenses:

 

 

 

  Forcible

0

0

0

  Non-forcible

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

MV Theft

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

Any other crime involving bodily injury

0

0

0

Larceny-theft
0
0
0
Simple assault
0
0
0
Intimidation
0
0
0
Property damage
0
0
0

 

Arrests/Disciplinary Actions off Campus
Arrests or persons referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug-related violations, and weapons possession:

Violation

2007

2008

2009

Liquor Law Arrests

0

0

0

Liquor Law Violations Referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Drug Law Arrests

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession Arrest

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession violations referred for Disciplinary Action

0

0

0

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Policy and Definitions
Rensselaer recognizes that the term sexual assault encompasses a wide range of exploitative and violent behaviors that exist on a continuum relative to the severity of the particular behavior. These behaviors include sexual harassment and 4 degrees of forcible sexual assault and 2 degrees of non-forcible sexual assault.

In the Student Handbook, sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited and/or unwelcome verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature.

Crime Definitions from the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook:

Sex offenses/forcible:

A. Forcible rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

B: Forcible Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

C: Sexual Assault with an object: The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

D: Forcible Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against that person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

Sexual offenses/non-forcible:

Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

  • Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  • Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Connecticut State Law
Forced sexual contact and forced sexual intercourse (or rape) constitute sexual assault and are serious crimes under Connecticut law. These crimes are punishable by imprisonment, probation, a criminal record, and/or a monetary fine.

Sexual assault can result in the involvement of law enforcement officials and severe sanctions under Rensselaer's Judicial Procedures, including suspension or expulsion from Rensselaer. Rensselaer in no manner, stated or implied, intends to protect or shield students from their responsibilities under local, state, or federal laws. Therefore, a student may be held accountable under both systems.

INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
National studies show that college and university students are more vulnerable to incidents of sexual assault than any other age group. In a number of recent college surveys, one out of four female students have reported that they have experienced incidents of sexual assault (forced sexual contact or forced sexual intercourse), and almost 80% of these women stated that they knew their assailant.

These studies reflect institutions with populations typically different from Rensselaer. In addition to graduate studies, these institutions offer undergraduate studies, have a younger student population, and offer residential facilities. However, while differences exist, instances of sexual harassment and assault can still occur.

What each of us can do to prevent sexual assault:

What Each Woman Can Do:

Communicate Effectively: Many women have difficulty confronting coercive behavior because they have been socialized to be "polite," but men may ignore or misunderstand "nice" or "polite" approaches. Be forceful. Say something like, "Stop this, I'm not enjoying it." If you do not want to be touched, say so. If he does not respect this, you always have the right to leave. Remember: communicate your feelings.

Trust your instincts: You have the right to trust your feelings even if you can't explain why. If you feel you are in a dangerous situation, you are probably right. Confront the person immediately or leave.

Know that alcohol and drugs are often related to sexual assault: The use of alcohol and drugs compromises both your ability to make responsible decisions and to communicate effectively.

What Each Man Can Do:

Ask directly and don't assume: Many men believe that it is a routine part of "seduction" to ignore a woman saying "no" and to assume she means "maybe" or even "yes." But without clearly established consent, what is called seduction is actually sexual assault. Even after a person has given consent, he or she still has the right to change his or her mind.

Listen to and respect her: If you are getting a double message from someone, ask rather than assume. If she says "no" to your advances, back off and suggest talking.

Recognize that intoxication is no excuse: Intoxication is not a defense for sexual assault. Consenting sex requires verbal communication without intimidation or threats. If she is intoxicated, help her; don't take advantage of her. If she has passed out or is not in control of herself, it is a crime to have sex with her.

What Men and Women Can Do:

Respect each other's feelings: It is not necessary to agree with or fully understand what someone says in order to respect those feelings as real and valid. If one person does not want sexual activity to take place, the other person must accept that decision.

Say what you mean: Say exactly what it is you do and do not want to happen, even if it is embarrassing at first. Sex without discussion does not allow consent.

If you are sexually assaulted on campus:

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
  • Contact Security in Hartford at extension 2448 or contact the Receptionist at extensions 2400 or 0.
  • Call 911 from Hartford or Groton to contact the local police.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not wash or douche. Try not to urinate. If oral contact took place, do not eat, drink liquids, smoke, or brush your teeth.
  • Physical evidence may be found in the vicinity of the crime. Do not touch or move anything until all evidence has been collected.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible to make sure you are physically okay and to collect important evidence in the event you may later wish to take legal action against your assailant.

While Rensselaer does not offer counseling, the YWCA's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) provides a 24-hour hotline, 888-999-5545.

If a friend is sexually assaulted:

  • Be supportive
  • Be reassuring
  • Encourage reporting
  • Encourage seeing a doctor
  • Encourage contacting a counselor or sexual assault advisor
  • Offer a safe place to stay
  • Let friend know she/he is not to blame
  • Listen, do not judge
  • Be available (e.g., phone calls in the middle of the night)
  • Be patient and understanding
  • Be empowering (not overly protective)
  • Be a good listener
  • Assist in getting help (e.g., telephone numbers, transportation, etc.)

Past assault

Many individuals experience sexual assault or abuse and don't tell anyone about it at the time of the incident. If you were assaulted weeks or even years ago, help is still available. Talking with someone now may help you cope better with abuse from the past, whether it was rape, child sexual abuse, incest, or sexual harassment.

Men Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault

While most individuals who are sexually assaulted are women, men can also experience sexual assault or abuse and are afforded the same services and support as women. Emotional support, counseling. medical treatment and options regarding legal/judicial procedures are available to all individuals who have been sexually assaulted.

Medical Treatment

If you are sexually assaulted, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible after the assault. The purpose is:

  • To treat physical injuries
  • To ascertain the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and intervene accordingly
  • To accurately gather any evidence that could aid prosecution. After the first 24 hours the quality of evidence usually decreases, but can be collected up to 72 hours after the assault.

Emergency Medical Services

A highly specialized sexual assault exam should be completed as soon as possible. This exam can be performed at any of the area hospitals.

The Hartford area hospitals: St. Francis (860-548-4001) and Hartford Hospital (860-545-0000).

The Groton area hospital: Lawrence & Memorial Hospital (860-442-0711).

Follow-up and routine gynecological services for those who have experienced sexual assault can be provided at local hospitals.

Note: If you seek treatment at a local hospital and police are contacted, this does not mean you have to proceed with criminal charges.

Reporting to Campus Security

Reporting the assault to Security helps to:

  • Protect you and others from future victimization.
  • Apprehend the alleged assailant.
  • Maintain future options regarding criminal prosecution, Rensselaer disciplinary action, and/or civil action against your assailant.

The responding officer will interview you regarding the facts surrounding the assault. You will be asked to identify, if you can, or describe the assailant(s). You may be asked about the scene of the crime, to identify witnesses, and to describe what happened before and after the incident. The responding officer will make a written report, which will be important in the event you wish to file a formal complaint, either immediately or at a later date, with the local authorities. You may wish to have a support person with you during this process.

Reporting the incident is a separate step from choosing to file a formal complaint. When you file a report with Campus Security, you are not obligated to continue with legal proceedings or Rensselaer disciplinary action.

Hartford Off Campus Support

The Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) is operated by the Hartford YWCA and maintains a 24-hour emergency hotline (888-999-5545). Trained volunteer counselors are available to provide information and support; upon request, a SACS volunteer will also meet at the hospital any individual who has been sexually assaulted and provide support throughout the medical examination process. Other services include short-term counseling and referrals, and assistance in medical, legal and police matters.

Groton Off Campus Support

Assistance can be obtained at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital at 860-442-0711 or by calling 860-442-4357. Lawrence & Memorial Pequot Health Center located at 52 Hazelnut Road, Groton, offers crisis intervention services (860-271-4271) through the emergency room area until 11 p.m. each evening.

 

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