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Interpersonal Violence

IN AN EMERGENCY OR IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL 9-1-1.

For confidential advocacy and to learn your options for reporting and support call SAFEline at 336.278.3333

For non-emergency reporting and to access other resources, call Campus Safety and Police at 336.278.5555

A. Identity-based Bias, Harassment, Discrimination or Violence is any act which a victim or survivor’s identity (gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, language, class, ability) is used to degrade, discriminate, harass or intimidate the victim/survivor. Actions that cause the victim/survivor to be afraid or intimidated or degrading language, images or conduct which are based on the victim or survivor’s identity but do not break the law are classified as Bias Incidents. Crimes committed which are based on a victim or survivor’s identity, including threats, destruction of property or physical violence, may be classified as Hate Crimes.

Options for support or reporting:

Other information responding to identity-based bias incidents and hate crimes can be found at the website for Inclusive Community listed above.

SAFEline is a confidential phoneline that Elon community members can call to receive support and resources related to identity-based or interpersonal violence.

B. Sexual violence Elon University recognizes the serious and negative impact of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence, on individuals and the University community. Elon has zero tolerance for offenders who commit interpersonal violence. The University strongly supports a victim’s right to seek justice through the legal/judicial system and/or university processes. Survivors/victims are encouraged to seek support through one of the multiple avenues offered by the University, including confidential advocacy through SAFEline, the Coordinator for Violence Response and university counseling services.

Sexual violence is any attempted or actual sexual contact directed toward another person in the absence of active consent including groping, touching, sexual exploitation, sexual assault or rape. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other sexually expressive behavior that creates an intimidating or offensive environment.

Options for victims and survivors:

  • Survivors/victims can call SAFEline (24/7) at 336.278.3333 to talk or meet with a confidential advocate who can provide support, give resources and information and be with the survivor/victim through any process or action chosen, including reporting.
  • Survivors/victims can call Campus Safety and Police at 336.278.5555 or another police department to file a report and receive support. Victims/survivors can file an initial report without pressing charges.
  • Survivors/victims can go to the local hospital for a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence exam (rape kit) without having to file a report. In order to preserve evidence, survivors/victims should not shower, bathe, clean the scene of the assault, dispose of or wash clothing.
  • Survivors/victims can receive medical attention through local hospitals or urgent care center or by making an appointment at Student Health Services by calling 336.278.7230.

C. Relationship violence is a broad term that encompasses any form of relationship abuse such as physical (pushing, hitting), sexual (rape, exploitation), verbal (threats), social (isolation), emotional (degrading language) or economic abuse. Stalking is a term used to describe any course or pattern of behavior that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear or intimation. Stalking can be a form of relationship abuse.

Options for victims and survivors:

  • Survivors/victims should get to a safe place and consider the following:
  • Survivors/victims can call SAFEline (24/7) at 336.278.3333 to talk or meet with a confidential advocate who can provide support, give resources and be with the victim/survivor through any process or action they choose, including reporting.
  • Survivors/victims can call Campus Safety and Police at 336.278.5555 or another police department to file a report and receive support. In order to preserve evidence, victims/survivors should keep any physical evidence including voicemails, text messages or emails
  • Survivors/victims can receive medical attention through local hospitals or urgent care center or by making an appointment at Student Health Services by calling 336.278.7230.

Other helpful information can be found on the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response website at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/students/saa/default.xhtml or by calling 336.278.5009.

Policies related to the Clery Act: Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are described at Elon as campus and local police departments, Student Life professional and student staff, student organization advisors, athletic directors and coaches and Title IX Officers. CSAs must submit all reports of bias-motivated crime, sexual offenses, dating and domestic violence or stalking to Campus Safety and Police — 336.278.5555.

Policies related to Title IX legislation: Mandatory reporters are described at Elon as the president and senior administrators, Human Resources staff, Campus Safety and Police staff, Student Life professional staff, student organization advisors, athletic directors and coaches, Title IX Officers, faculty who serve as department chairs or program coordinators, and any employee who leads international or domestic overnight trips or courses. Sexual harassment and violence that is reported to any mandated reporter must be reported to the Title IX Officer by calling 336.278.7200.