Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding sexual assault on campus.
I am scared to report a sexual assault because I was drinking and am under 21. Can I get into trouble for under-age drinking if I report?
NDSCS is committed to responding to cases of sexual assault with sensitivity and care. Students who experience sexual misconduct while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, will not be subject to the Student Conduct process, nor will the incident become part of a student's conduct record. If you have been assaulted and are scared to report, please feel free to contact Jane Vangsness Frisch, Title IX Coordinator at 701-671-2627, Ann McGray, Deputy Title IX Coordinator at 701-671-2906, or Melissa Johnson, Deputy Title IX Coordinator at 701-671-2224. Any of these individuals can provide you with resources and further discuss reporting options for your specific situation.
Is it possible to report a sexual assault anonymously?
Yes. You may file an anonymous report of sexual assault to NDSCS by filing out an Anonymous Report Form. This reporting system may also be used by third-party individuals who have witnessed a sexual assault or have information that an assault occurred.
If I have been sexually assaulted by someone who lives in my residence hall, can the campus help me find different housing?
Yes! It is your right to feel safe where you live, work, study and play. If you feel unsafe where you live, please contact Residential Life.
How many sexual assaults occur on the campus each year?
According to a 2005 report from the United States Department of Justice, approximately 3% of all college women will be victims of rape or attempted rape each year.
Can men be victims of sexual assault?
Yes, men can be and are victims of sexual assault. Less than 5% of adolescent and adult sexual assault victims are male. When men are assaulted, their perpetrators are generally male, thus the bulk of both the research on sexual assault and prevention efforts focuses on female victims. If you are a man who has been sexually assaulted, it is important to remember that it is not your fault and that there are resources available for you.
Where can I access the NDSCS Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct policy?
NDSCS Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Compliance Policy
My friend has been sexually assaulted, what can I do to help him or her?
Helping a friend as they recover from sexual assault can be an overwhelming experience. It is important to remember, it is not your role to “fix” the situation (in fact, taking control away from a victim again can re-victimize). As a friend, it is most important that you show your friend that you believe them and are there to listen when they want to talk. As a friend, you can also let them know that resources are available to them. Many people who help friends recover from sexual assault find that they also need help processing their own feelings surrounding the experience. The Personal Counselor at the NDSCS Counseling Center is a trained professional ready to listen and help.
What can I, as a parent of an NDSCS student, do to protect my son or daughter from sexual assault while on campus?
First, it is important to discuss sexual assault with your son or daughter before they come to campus as a freshman. Studies have shown that the freshman year is when female students are most vulnerable to becoming victims of sexual assault. While we do our best to provide students with information regarding sexual assault early on in their academic career, the more conversations they have on the topic, the better prepared they will be. It is especially important that parents speak with their male students regarding appropriate behavior, as well as the potential dangers of combining alcohol and sex.
Click here to view A Guide for Parents of Survivors of Sexual Assault.