VIII. Sexual Assault
Individuals are encouraged to report potential crimes of sexual assault (sexual assault by a person that is known or by a stranger) to campus police or the appropriate local police department, depending on the location of the incident. It is important to preserve evidence to the extent possible. The Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available to assist an individual in notifying on- and off-campus law enforcement. Criminal and District investigations are separate and may be conducted simultaneously. TCCD will not wait for the completion of a criminal investigation in order to respond although TCCD will pause the administrative investigation while law enforcement conducts initial fact finding. TCCD will, in extraordinary circumstances, proceed despite law enforcement fact finding where a threat to safety of the complainant or other community members exists.
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted?
The first priority for a victim of sexual assault is to get to a place of safety, then obtain necessary medical treatment. If the assault occurred on campus, notify TCCD Police Department immediately at 817-515-8911. Other campus personnel such as faculty, staff or counselors may assist in reporting the sexual assault to the Police Department if the victim so desires. If the assault occurred outside of the college, the local police department where the assault occurred should be called and may be reached by dialing 911. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Filing a police report with the TCCD Police Department will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim; provide the opportunity for additional community resources and collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam); and assure the victim has access to free community resources including: confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
Updated August 26, 2020