Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety

About Sexual Assault

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Loyola strives to create a safe educational and working environment for all the members of the Loyola community including students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Violence of any kind and specifically, sexual assault, will not be tolerated. Loyola complies with all local, state, and federal laws governing rape and sexual assault.

Any member of the Loyola community who believes that he or she is a victim of a sexual assault that occurred on University property, at a University sponsored event, or perpetrated by a member of the Loyola community should report the incident to campus police or a member of the student life staff. The individual will be asked to give a statement to the investigating campus police officer and an assistant director of student life at that time. Statements will serve as the basis for further investigation of any case and any resulting judicial charges.

The University encourages any victim of sexual assault to report the incident to the appropriate police agency in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. As in any crime, the crime scene should be protected and preserved. Victims and those who assist them are encouraged to protect evidence by not disturbing the scene or destroying possible evidence. Public safety will assure that the victim is assisted in contacting the appropriate law enforcement officials. Victims of sexual assault will be provided transportation by the University to the appropriate rape treatment center. In Baltimore City, Mercy Hospital is the designated treatment center at 301 St. Paul Place (410-332-9000). If a student is the victim of a sexual assault, she or he may file charges with the University judicial system as well as criminal charges. Consult the handbook of Community Standards.

If the victim of a sexual assault and/or other crimes against a person chooses not to report it through the formal process, the victim is encouraged to seek counseling through the University's Counseling Center, available 24-hours a day, by calling campus police at 410-617-5010 or through the graduate resident coordinator of their respective residential hall. Counseling off campus can be arranged by contacting Turn Around at 410-837-7000. Or the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center at 410-337-8111.

A student who is the victim of a sexual assault may request for a transfer to alternative classes or housing. The University will accommodate the request if such classes and housing are reasonably available.

Beware of Date Rape Drugs

Distribution and use of a powerful drug that can cause memory loss is increasing in the United States. Known as the date-rape drug, flunitrazepam, sold under the brand name Rohypnol (ro-hip'-nol, sometimes mispronounced rufinol), is tasteless, odorless and colorless and quickly dissolves in liquids. "Roofies," which are 10 times more potent than valium, cause amnesia that typically lasts for 8-24 hours, depending on dosage. The drug takes effect within 30 minutes; the full impact usually hits in about an hour. The pills are cheap (under $5) and impossible to trace in the human body.

According to information from the Women's Network at Indiana University, this new "designer drug" is dropped into the drinks of unsuspecting women and allows the woman to be raped without any problems because she is unable to fight the rapist.

Rohypnol is manufactured throughout the world, particularly in Europe and Latin America, where it is legally prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia and as a sedative and preanesthetic. It has not been approved for distribution in the United States; supplies are most often smuggled into this country from Mexico or Colombia.

There is some evidence that Rohypnol use is increasing in clubs and on campuses throughout the country. Members of the Loyola community, particularly women, should be aware of the presence and the potential dangers of this potent, illegal drug, It is unfortunate but true that you have to be very careful in places where alcohol is present. Don't leave your drink unattended, don't accept drinks from strangers and, if you feel uncomfortable in a situation, get out, preferably with a friend. If you have any indication that you have been victimized by the use of Rohypnol, call campus police (ext. 5010), Health Services (ext. 5055), the student life office (ext. 2488) or student development and counseling (ext. 5109). 

Bystander intervention tips:

  1. Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees.  If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or need help, ask if they are ok.
  2. Confront people who seclude, hit on, try to make out with, or have sex with people who are incapacitated.
  3. Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.
  4. Believe someone who discloses sexual assault, abusive behavior, or experience with stalking.
  5. Refer people to on or off campus resources listed in this document for support in health, counseling, or with legal assistance.

Risk reduction tips:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  2. Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  3. Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  4. Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
  5. Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
  6. Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.
  7. Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  8. Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  9. When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  10. Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  11. Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you’ve left your drink alone, just get a new one.
  12. Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don’t drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  13. Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  14. If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911). Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).
  15. If you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation here are some things that you can try:
    • Remember that being in this situation is not your fault. You did not do anything wrong, it is the person who is making you uncomfortable that is to blame
    • Be true to yourself. Don't feel obligated to do anything you don't want to do. "I don't want to" is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
  16. Have a code word with your friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends or family can then come to get you or make up an excuse for you to leave.
  17. Lie. If you don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are: needing to take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere else that you need to be, etc.
  18. Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
  19. If you and/or the other person have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you may regret later.