Sexual Assault Information

Overview


Biola University prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintain a campus environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of all members of the university community.


The Save Act law was passed into law on March 7, 2014. Among other requirements, the Save Act mandates universities and colleges to provide training and educational guide to students addressing crimes and misconduct associated with domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on college campus. This page shall serve as one of the means the university uses to educate students on the crimes and misconduct regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
For additional details students should reference the university annual security report published on Campus Safety's website. This policy and procedures outlines the university policy and steps for handling crimes and misconduct of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Reporting Procedure


If you have been the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, whether you file a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via 911 or not, you should report all incidents promptly to Campus Safety or to the applicable Title IX Coordinator listed below (if the incident involves sexual assault). Campus Safety shall conduct a prompt investigation and shall work with other internal and external departments to resolve the situation. Please include the following information:

  • Nature of the incident and persons involved (if known)
  • Date, time and location of the incident



Campus Safety Contact 562-777-4000
(Available 24 hours a day)
Undergraduate Student Title IX Coordinators Ext. 4874
Sandy Hough or Matthew Hooper



Graduate Student Title IX Coordinators Ext. 4867
Tammy Anderson
Employee Student Title IX Coordinators Ron Mooradian or Susan Kaneshiro

Resources for Victims


Campus Safety conducts the initial investigation and follow-up on all incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and works in conjunction with Student Development to provide victim support.

Information on reporting crimes and victim support services can be found here:

Reporting and Support Resources


On-Campus Resources

Resource Department Contact
Counseling Biola Counseling Center (562) 903-4800
Health Biola Health Center (562) 903-4841
Mental Health Biola Health Center (562) 903-4841 ext. 4841
Victim Advocacy Student Development (562) 903-4841 ext. 4841
Visa/Immigration Assistance Global Student Service (562) 777-4008 ext. 4008


Off-Campus Resources

Resource Department Contact
Counseling Contact Biola Counseling Center for referral (562) 903-4800 ext. 4800
Health Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH)
(562) 698-0811
Mental Health Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) (562) 698-0811
Victim Advocacy RAINN (800) 656-4673
Legal Assistance Legal Aid Society (562) 864-9935
Visa/Immigration Assistance USCIS Immigration Service Center (800) 656-5283

Definitions


Sexual Assault

“Sexual assault” means an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system. A sex offense is any act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.


Domestic Violence

This is a crime committed by:

  • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim
  • By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common
  • By a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
  • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred
  • By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.


Dating Violence

Dating violence is a crime committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and the existence of such a relationship shall be based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.


Stalking

Stalking is a crime in which someone repeatedly harasses, threatens, and controls another person causing the victim to fear for their safety. Examples include someone:
  • Showing up at places where you are even though there is no reason for them to be there;
  • Leaving unwanted items for you to find
  • Making unsolicited phone calls or e-mails
  • Following or spying on you
  • Vandalizing your property
  • Making threats against you or your family and friends
  • Monitoring your telephone and computer activity
  • Tracking you using global positioning and other devices

Bystander Intervention


  • Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or need help, ask if they are okay.
  • Confront people who seclude, hit on, try to make out with or have sex with people who are incapacitated.
  • Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.
  • Refer people to on or off campus resources listed in this document for support in health, counseling, or with legal assistance.
  • If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 911.

Risk Reduction: Domestic and Dating Violence


Domestic and Dating Violence

  • Avoid abusive relationships
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  • If something feels wrong, get out of the relationship/ situation. Get help from a hotline.
  • Be assertive and speak up. Clearly communicate your feelings and desires to your partner.

Risk Reduction: Sexual Assault


  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Trust your instincts. If you find yourself in a situation where something feels wrong, look for a way out of the situation — move closer to other people or seek out a safe way to get home.
  • Do not ignore sudden feelings of mistrust just because you have known someone for a long time. You can't tell if a person has the potential to rape based on past behaviors.
  • Never leave a drink unattended or accept a drink that you did not see poured. Date-rape drugs can leave you unable to protect yourself, or even know what is happening to you.
  • If you're going to drink, stop when you begin to feel the effects of alcohol. The more you drink, the harder it is to know when to stop. When you're drunk, you are more vulnerable.
  • Take assertiveness training and self-defense classes. Passive and submissive behaviors can be dangerous. If you become frightened, do your best to be assertive. Speak loudly and firmly, or yell.
  • If you are with friends at social gatherings, watch out for each other, and check in from time to time to make sure you're both comfortable with how things are going.
  • Say what you expect from your date. Be up front.

Risk Reduction: Stalking


Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety.

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Trust your instincts. Don't downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
  • Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
  • Contact a crisis hotline, victim services agency, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh other options.
  • Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.
  • Don't communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date and place. Keep emails, phone messages, letters or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.

Victim Rights


  • In California, known as Marcy law of 2008, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking has rights which include the right to protection from the defendant.
  • Any person who obtains an order of protection from California should provide a copy to Campus Safety and the office of the applicable Title IX Coordinator. A complainant may then meet with Campus Safety to develop a Safety Action Plan.
  • The University would provide necessary information on how to obtain a legal protection/restraining order for a victim.
  • The University may issue an institutional no contact order if deemed appropriate or at the request of the victim or accused.
  • If the complainant gives consent, university offices will work cooperatively to ensure that the complainant's health, physical safety, work and academic status are protected, pending the outcome of a formal university investigation of the complaint.
  • If reasonably available, a complainant may be offered changes to academic, living or working situations in addition to counseling, health services, visa and immigration assistance, and assistance in notifying appropriate local law enforcement.

Educational Programs


Biola R.A.D. Program

R.A.D. is offered as part of the Physical Education curriculum (counts as one credit towards the general education/physical education requirement), and is sponsored by Campus Safety. Participation in R.A.D. is limited to females.

Those interested in enrolling in the course may do so during Registration at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The course is designed to enhance the options of self-defense so they may become a viable consideration to the person who may be attacked.


Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention

All incoming students receive sexual assault and violence prevention training online. Current students can access the training module here.

Additional sexual assault and violence prevention information can be found here.


Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Employees

Human Resources provides sexual harassment prevention training for all new employees, and for all supervisors on a biannual basis.

Customized training for individuals and departments can be schedule separately. The Department of Campus Safety conducts customized training on sexual assault and violence prevention upon request. Contact Campus Safety via email at campus.safety@biola.edu, or by phone at (562) 903-4877 for more information.


Sex Offender Registry

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.

In California, convicted sex offenders must register with the local law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction in which they live. You can link to this information, which appears on the California Department of Justice’s official Internet web site www.meganslaw.ca.gov or by calling the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department at (562) 863-8711