Rape and Sexual Assault
The University of Dubuque considers rape and sexual assault to be serious offenses, unacceptable within the University or any community.
All persons are encouraged to report any instance of sexual offense to any of the following support systems:
- City of Dubuque Police Department by dialing ‘911’
- The nearest Emergency Room in Dubuque, either Mercy Medical Center, 563.589-9666 or Finley Hospital, 563.582.1881
- Riverview Center’s Sexual Assault Hotline, 888.557.0310
- UD’s Title IX Coordinator’s Office, 563.589.3619
- UD’s Safety & Security Office, 563.589.3333
- UD’s Counseling & Life Services, 563.589.3113, 563.589.3132, 563.589.3253, or 563.589.3455
- UD’s Campus Chaplain, 563.589.3582
- UD’s Dean of Student Life, 563.589.3270
- UD’s Office of Residence Life, 563.589.3438
- UD’s Associate Academic Dean’s Office, 563.589.3349
- UD’s Online Maxient reporting system to the Department of Student Life (click here)
Support systems will respect confidentiality and anonymity as dictated by their professions and accordingly will seek to maintain confidentiality to the extent permitted by law.
Please be advised that email is not considered a secure form of communication, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed if you forward information of an urgent nature. UD’s professional staff only monitor and respond to email during regular office hours.
Offenses to be reported include those perpetrated by other students, faculty, staff, other members of the University community, or non-members. Both men and women may be complainants of sexual offenses.
Victims of rape or sexual assault are encouraged to seek medical assistance as soon as possible, early medical care could become important due to measures taken to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and/or pregnancy. The preservation of physical evidence is critical in the event that the victim ultimately chooses to press charges. Showering, douching, changing clothes, brushing teeth and other such measures destroy physical evidence of rape and sexual assault.
Rape is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, as any ‘penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim’.
Sexual assault, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, is ‘any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape’.
What to do if you have been assaulted
- Go to a safe place and contact someone you trust.
- If you want to report the assault, contact the City of Dubuque Police Department ‘911’; any of the support systems listed above; or go to the nearest Medical Facility or Emergency Room.
- If you reside in residential housing, contact your RA or your Hall Director. An on-call system is in place to insure that a professional team member is available to you.
- Consider preserving all physical evidence of the assault and write down or tell the person you trust as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault.
- Seek medical assistance, both emergency rooms of Mercy Medical Center and the Finley Hospital have rape-exam kits.
- Seek support services, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. contact UD’s Counseling Services to talk with a provider who is professional trained to assist victims of assault 563.589.3113, 563.589.3132, 563.589.3253, or 563.589.3455.
- Support services after hours, weekends, and holidays, or in the event you want the services of a trained legal advocate contact Riverview Center’s Sexual Assault Hotline 888.557.0310.
What if your attacker is also a UD student?
The University of Dubuque has established a student code of conduct which addresses non-academic misconduct. If you and the person who has assaulted you both reside within the University’s residential housing, please contact your RA, Hall Director, or the Director of Residence Life 563.589.3438 to request assistance in determining and establishing immediate safety. You have the right to pursue either an informal or formal investigation into the assault. Both the victim and alleged perpetrator have rights that must be acknowledged in the event the case is addressed through the formal process. You can speak directly to the Vice President/Dean of Students to obtain more information 563.589.3270.
What if you know someone who has been assaulted?
The above listed information may assist you in determining what course of action you can take to better support your friend. Prioritize their safety as well as their physical and emotional well-being. Encourage them to seek medical care and consult with a trained provider or sexual assault advocate. Protect your friend’s privacy, be sensitive to what is all involved in the healing process.
Please be advised that emailing, text messaging, or posting information on social media sites is not considered a secure form of communication, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed if you forward or post information of a sensitive nature, this could jeopardize your friend’s privacy.
Creating a Culture of Consent
Minimizing the risk of unwanted sexual contact
Consent is one of the most misunderstood concepts in comprehending the issues around interpersonal violence. Learning how to talk about consent, gain consent, or refuse consent can help clarify each person’s responsibility to minimize the risk of unwanted sexual contact.
Whether you are in an intimate relationship with someone, with a casual acquaintance, or with someone you just met, consent must be established between both parties before engaging in any sexual activity.
Both men and women should learn to understand their roles in an intimate relationship, their right to be free from harm, and the significant consequences that may fall upon persons who compel sexual relations by coercion, force, or threat of force. To address the issue of sexual assault in a university environment, we offer practical guidance for reducing your risk of being sexually assaulted or accused of sexual assault, as well as help for survivors of sexual assault. We invite the entire campus community to make a positive difference on our campus.
The University of Dubuque does not tolerate sexual assault in any form. Such acts of violence are prohibited by the University’s code of conduct as well as state and federal laws. Individuals who violate the law are subject to harsh penalties through the campus disciplinary system and/or a court of law. Please see the University’s Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and/or Employee Handbook for more information.
The University of Dubuque is committed to preventing the occurrence of sexual assaults, and is prepared to respond responsibly to any report of sexual assault that is brought to its attention. UD’s Counseling & Life Services staff are available to any student, faculty, or staff involved in a sexual assault. If a survivor of sexual assault wishes to report it and have the case prosecuted in court, UD’s Counseling & Life Services staff will provide referrals to appropriate resources to assist. A survivor also has the option to simultaneously or exclusively file a complaint through the campus disciplinary system by contacting UD’s Title IX Coordinator.
The University of Dubuque provides educational sessions on the prevention of, responding to, as well as the reporting of sexual assault. Educational sessions are provided during New Student Orientation in collaboration with the Courage and Social Action Theater Troupe. Informational sessions are also provided during the annual Healthy Relationship Week programming in the Spring term, in collaboration with the Riverview Center and Waypoint Services. Online tutorials on sexual assault awareness and prevention are required of all students through programming, extended by the Department of Student Life. And, Resident Assistants are provided training annually through the Office of Residence Life.