Sex Offenses/Sexual Assault Policy
Students who are alleged to have committed sex offenses (including rape, sodomy, forcible, and non-forcible sexual contact, indecent exposure, or simple and aggravated assault) against members of the School of Mines community will be subject to disciplinary measures that apply to acts of aggression, sex offenses, or harassment, as defined in the Board of Regents policies.
1. Procedures to follow if a sex offense occurs:
- A student should contact the Rapid City Police Department. The police will describe the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary for proof of criminal sexual assault.
- If a student would like additional support or assistance in contacting the police, please contact the vice president for student development and dean of students at (605) 394-2416, hall directors, or the director of counseling at (605) 394-1924.
2. Sanctions for sex offenses as described above will be determined on a case-by-case basis following an on-campus disciplinary procedure, which may include, but is not limited to expulsion.
3. On-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault will follow the acts of aggression, sex offenses, or harassment proceedings with the additional provision that the accuser and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding; and both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought forward alleging sexual assault.
4. Educational and Counseling Support:
- A sexual assault training program will be given annually to all resident assistants. Campus educational programs will cover areas such as promotion of awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses.
- School of Mines counseling services are available for assistance, as are local support agencies such a Working Against Violence Incorporated.
- The vice president for student development and dean of students office will assist the victim in changing academic and living arrangements if requested by the victim and if these changes are reasonably available.