Crime prevention presentations pertaining to personal safety, sexual assault prevention, alcohol and drug awareness, and burglary and theft prevention are conducted as needed for faculty, staff and students. Specialized crime prevention presentations are conducted throughout the academic year.
STAYING SAFE & SECURE AT SU
Schreiner University seeks to provide a safe and enriching experience for students, employees and others who make use of campus facilities. While the University makes efforts to keep the campus safe, individuals should take steps to ensure their own and others’ safety.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – GENERAL SAFETY:
- Report any suspicious activity or people, safety hazards, unsafe lighting, defective equipment or any other concern to the University Security.
- Be aware of your surroundings, know where you are and know where you are going.
- Avoid walking alone. Let someone know where you are going and when to expect you.
- Plan your walking trips. Choose a well-lighted, populated route.
- If you are uncomfortable after dark walking alone, walk with a friend or call for an escort from a University Security Officer.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – CAMPUS BUILDINGS:
- Most crime is committed in response to an opportunity. The best prevention is to eliminate opportunities for a crime to be committed.
- Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
- Avoid stairs in remote sections of buildings.
- Keep purses and bags locked up in a drawer or cabinet instead of underneath or on top of your desk.
- Keep money and other valuables locked away.
- Keep personal belongings in sight or take them with you as you move around the building.
- Never prop doors open, even for a short time.
- Be cautious of removing jewelry to wash hands. These items are easily lost or stolen.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – IN RESIDENCE HALLS OR AT HOME:
- Develop a relationship with your suite mates and neighbors that will encourage checking on one another often.
- Always lock your door, even if you intend to be gone only a moment or are just going down the hall.
- Lock all doors and windows when you are sleeping or are alone.
- Do not allow strangers to enter your living area.
- Keep emergency numbers stored in your phone.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE – FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS:
- Utilize a bank account rather than keeping money in your room
- Keep ATM, debit and credit cards in a safe place. Never reveal a PIN number to anyone.
- Never loan your ATM card or your SU ID to anyone, no matter who they are
Schreiner University has a zero-tolerance policy pertaining to the offenses of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
Sexual Assault is defined by the Texas Penal Code, when a stranger or acquaintance commits sexual assault through forcible sodomy, forcible sexual penetration, however slight, of another person’s mouth, anal or genital opening with any object. These acts must be committed without the victim’s consent either by force, threat of force or violence, intimidation or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware. Sexual assault is non-consensual acts involving psychological manipulation, physical force, or coercion.
It is an act of aggression and violence, and a crime punishable under the laws of the State of Texas by fines and incarceration ranging from two years to life imprisonment.
Schreiner University’s definition of sexual assault also includes any touching of an unwilling person’s intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast or breasts, or buttocks or clothing covering them) or forcing an unwilling person to touch another’s intimate parts. These acts must be committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware. As stated in the Texas Penal Code, a sexual assault is without the consent of the other person if: (1) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by the use of physical force or violence; (2) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against the other person, and the other person believes that the actor has the present ability to execute the threat; (3) the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unconscious or physically unable to resist; (4) the actor knows that as a result of mental disease or defect the other person is at the time of the sexual assault incapable either of appraising the nature of the act or of resisting it; (5) the other person has not consented and the actor has intentionally impaired the other person’s power to appraise or control the other person’s conduct by administering any substance without the other person’s knowledge; (6) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against any person, and the other person believes that the actor has the ability to execute the threat; (7) the other person is under the age of 17 and is not the spouse of the actor.
Dating Violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence does not include acts covered by the definition of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence includes felony and misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse 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, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws, by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from the person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: (1) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (2) suffer substantial emotional distress.
At times the University may deem it necessary to take steps before or during an investigation to protect the rights and interests of the Complainant and/or the Accused. Those measures may be designed to reduce or eliminate contact between the Complainant and Accused so that both parties feel safe in their work or educational environment. Protective measures may also guard against further actual or perceived discrimination or retaliation. Protective measures may include but are not limited to temporary changes in working conditions (such as changes in supervisor, shift or job site), changes in class schedule, changes in living arrangements, directives to the Complainant and Accused to avoid personal contact or, in severe cases, interim suspension.
Broadly defined, sexual offenses include any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or without that person’s consent; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
The burden of obtaining consent is on the party seeking to initiate a sexual encounter. Affirmative consent is required, either verbally, or by voluntary acts unmistakable in their meaning. This definition also covers incidents in which a victim was incapable of giving legal consent, which is not the same as factual consent as people may be able to give factual consent as a result of the use of alcohol, drugs or rape drugs, but not be legally capable of so doing.
SELF-CARE & SAFETY
After an assault, the survivor may be in a state of shock. Although the first reaction will be to bathe or shower, DO NOT. Instead, the survivor is advised to wrap in something warm, such as a blanket or coat. Staying warm instead of cleaning up right away will accomplish two important things:
- It will help in recovering from the shock.
- It is less likely that the evidence will be disturbed or destroyed if the survivor decides to prosecute.
It is extremely important that the survivor:
- get to a safe place
- call the security and police for help
- lock doors and windows
- keep warm
- get medical attention
- write down all they can remember
- take a change of clothing with them to the hospital. If they must change their clothes, put the soiled clothing in a paper bag to give to the Police (plastic destroys evidence).
- shower or bathe
- brush or comb hair
- urinate (if possible)
- change clothes
- eat or drink anything
- brush or rinse teeth or smoke
- touch things at the crime scene
- Call Someone: Survivors are advised to call someone for support immediately. Survivors react to sexual assault in different ways: some are upset, some are angry, and some are very calm and controlled. Whatever the reaction, one may make better decisions by talking to a trusted friend or relative, or someone who is professionally trained to deal with sexual assault. In addition, this person can serve as a vital source of emotional support.
- Seek Medical Attention: It is very important that the survivor seek medical attention as soon as possible after a sexual assault. A medical exam is important for two reasons: (1) it ensures that the survivor receives the appropriate medical treatment, and (2) it is essential in the collection of physical evidence if the survivor decides to prosecute.
- Call Kerrville Police, 911, or University Security: The Schreiner University Security Department is a committed security department that serves students, faculty, staff, and visitors within its campus. Students are encouraged to report any sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, to the University Security and/or Kerrville Police, taking care to preserve all relevant evidence. The safety and well-being of sexual offense survivors is the primary concern of SU. Normally, the Police will conduct a criminal investigation and report the findings of that investigation to the State’s Attorney. University officials can also assist sexual assault survivors in notifying law enforcement authorities, as appropriate.
- Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault may choose to use a pseudonym (a fictitious name).
- Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault is entitled to the provisions of the Crime
- Victims Compensation Act.
- The State of Texas registers convicted sex offenders. Information may be accessed at the following link: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/.
ACCESSING SUPPORT SERVICES
If you are seeking health, spiritual, or psychological support services or want to ask questions without filing a complaint at this time, contact Counseling Services or the Campus Minister.
If you consult a medical or mental health provider in a patient context, your name and information that you share will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to any other University office or the police without your permission, unless there is a risk of danger to yourself or another, child and elder abuse or neglect, or if there is a court-ordered subpoena.
In addition, Counseling Services may provide referral information for:
- medical attention and off-campus support services
- filing a report to the police and/or to the Dean of Students Office
- residence life for housing or academic concerns
FILING A COMPLAINT
To file a complaint or report an alleged act of sexual misconduct, report the incident to Security or the Dean of Students office.
We will invite you to participate in a preliminary conference and provide a written statement describing the incident and the names of any witnesses who can support your statement. The information you provide will help us determine if further action should be pursued.
It is the legal duty of SU to determine what occurred and take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. We will respect your wishes regarding further involvement in our investigation. Please be aware, if you decline to participate, our ability to respond will be limited.
If you discuss an alleged sexual misconduct incident with any university employee other than the counselors at Counseling Services Office or the Campus Minister, the employee is required to report the incident to the SU Title IX Coordinator, which will lead to an investigation.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. For more information about Title IX, Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators/Investigators and full contact information, visit Title IX.