Sexual Offenses (Harassment)
Utilizing community and institutional resources, the Division of Student Services provides programs throughout the year to educate students about their individual responsibilities regarding sexual battery and sexual harassment. The following definitions are in line with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulations on sexual harassment:
- Toleration of the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment, admission or academic evaluation
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for a personal decision or academic evaluation affecting such individuals.
- The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.
Barry University, its officers, employees and students are responsible for maintaining a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.
Sexual battery refers to sexual contact without consent. The following behaviors are violations of university policy:
- Ignoring verbal pleas or non-verbal cues indicating an unwillingness to either continue to participate in, or begin to engage in any sexual activity.
- Engaging in any sexual activity with someone who is physically helpless and/or unable to communicate his/her unwillingness to participate.
- Threatening to use or actually using physical force to coerce an unwilling party to submit to any sexual activity.
- Engaging in any sexual activity which is not mutually agreeable.
Procedures for Victims
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual battery the first concern should be one of personal safety. Please notify any official of the university as soon as possible - resident advisor, area coordinator, or staff members of any of the following offices: health services, Public Safety, counseling center, or dean of students. The judicial coordinator will assist in notifying the above authorities if the student so chooses.
Individuals who feel that they have been sexually battered are encouraged to file charges with law enforcement authorities. To report an assault you should call Miami Shores police at 759-2468 or Metro Dade police at 595-6263. If an assault occurred outside Dade county, you must contact the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the geographical area where the incident occurred. The judicial coordinator will assist in notifying the above authorities if the student so chooses.
The following guidelines are recommended as procedures to follow:
- Do not shower, wash, douche, or change your clothes.
- Call the local police and report the crime.
- Preserve any evidence such as bed sheets, clothing, towels, or other items that may be useful in investigation purposes.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Seek counseling to assist with mental and emotional trauma.
Who is the Victim?
Everyone is a potential victim of sexual assault. A person is primarily vulnerable when they are alone. Sexual assault is not provoked by a person’s dress or mannerisms.
Who is the Rapist?
Rapists are usually a friend, a date, a relative, co-worker, or a casual acquaintance of the victim.
Where Does the Rape Occur?
Sexual assault can happen anywhere, but the largest grouping of incidents occurs either in the home of the victim or the home of the offender.
If A Sexual Assault Occurs
The first concern is for the health and safety of the survivor. If you or someone you know is the survivor of a sexual assault that occurred on campus, contact the Resident Assistant, Area Coordinator, or Public Safety. All these people can be reached by calling (305) 899-3333 or extension 3333.
If the assault occurred off campus, notify the local police by calling 911.
The Roxy Bolton Rape Treatment Center is a local resource for counseling, as well as confidential medical treatment after a sexual assault. The number for the center is (305) 585-7273.
The Barry University Center for Counseling and Psychological Services can provide assistance with seeking help for the survivor. For more information, please visit Landon Student Union, Suite 105 or call (305) 899-3950.
Every semester, the Division of Mission and Student Engagement conducts educational programs for the Barry community to help better educate all on sexual assault prevention and victim services. For more information, please contact the Student Health Services at (305) 899-3750 or the Office of the Dean of Students at (305) 899-4926.