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  • If you experience sexual misconduct…

    Regardless of when or where the incident occurred, it is never too late to speak with a support resource about your options.

    The University encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual misconduct. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response. The University will assist any University community member to get to a safe place and will provide transportation to the hospital, coordination with law enforcement, and information about the University’s resources and complaint processes.

    There is a limited window of time (typically 72 to 96 hours) following an incident of sexual misconduct to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action. The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will remain confidential and preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through the University’s resolution process and/or criminal action.

    If you experience an incident of sexual misconduct, consider the following actions:

    Contact University Police (814) 472-3360 (24 hrs.) or (911) if in immediate danger

    • Get away from your assailant and to a safe place.
    • Tell the dispatcher this is an emergency situation and where you are. You do not have to give any personal details to the dispatcher.
    • Ask for a Title IX team member, Residence Life Coordinator on call, or a Police Officer.

    Seek medical attention

    Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
    Main Campus: 1086 Franklin Street ∙ Johnstown, PA 15905
    Phone: (814) 534-9101
    Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center can conduct a medical exam. You can request a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for your exam. If no SANE is available, another nurse will conduct your exam. You may request that a friend, or other support person accompany you during the exam. 

    • The medical exam has two goals: first, to treat the full extent of any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy and, second, to properly preserve evidence in case you decide to prosecute.
    • IMPORTANT: Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink or change your clothing, as you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute. If you must change clothing, place them in a paper bag (do not use plastic bags). 

    Student Health Services
    Open Monday-Thursday, 7:30-5 pm; Friday, 7:30- 4 pm.
    Ground floor, DiSepio Institute
    (814) 472-3008

    A physician and/or nurse can provide care and make referrals as appropriate.

    Seek support

    Contact one of the support resources available to you both on and off campus, or call a parent, relative, or close friend for support. We encourage any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources. These resources can provide guidance in making decisions, information about available resources and procedural options, and assistance to either party in the event that a report and/or resolution under this policy is pursued. Individuals are encouraged to use all available resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.

    Talk with a Title IX Team Member about your options

    Saint Francis University’s Title IX Team Member will help review your options for next steps and link you to support resources. You have advocacy at each step in the process to set the pace and make your own decisions about how best to proceed, except when there is an immediate threat to the community or a minor is involved.