Regardless of the legal requirements and precedents generally associated with cases of domestic violence, the following steps are critical in initially responding to students who seek our advice and support in such situations:
- Students need to be informed, or reassured, that the threat of violence, or any violent behavior, real or perceived, is considered unacceptable and illegal. Implicit threats, as well as actual behaviors,
- are considered felonies
- Efforts should be made to identify
- student’s support system/network, including family-based resources as well as shelters, battered
- women’s groups, etc.
- Students should be
- referred to campus resources such as the Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD), the Health, Wellness, and Counseling Center, and the Dean of Students for assistance. University resources (the Health, Wellness, and Counseling Center) which can protect the confidentiality of students presenting with issues of domestic violence should be identified. Students should also be notified that in certain situations, mental health professionals and other University administrators may be required by law to act as mandated reporters, especially in cases where minor children remain in the family household.
The entire Suffolk community shares the concern that our campuses be safe and secure. You should be alert to suspicious situations and promptly report threatening, violent or criminal behavior to University Police and Security.
- If you observe a criminal act or a person acting in a suspicious manner on campus,
- notify SUPD at 617.573.8111 and report the incident when it is safe to do so.
- Include the following information when reporting an incident:
- Where is the incident?
- What is the incident?
- When did it happen?
- Who is involved?
- Are there any weapons involved?
- Why did it happen?
3. Assist the officers when they arrive by supplying them with any additional information and ask others to cooperate.
- Self-protection means knowing how to avoid being the victim of an attack and knowing what to do if you are.
- Be alert for the unexpected and don't take unnecessary chances. Be extra alert when you are walking by yourself.
- Walk with someone if you can. University Police provides an escort upon request.
- If you are attacked, you may consider using your natural defenses. Make a scene, scream, yell, kick, and try to get away. Run toward lights, people, or buildings.
- Do not panic, use your head. Get a good description of your assailant if possible.
- Be alert for suspicious persons or dangerous situations. Do not take chances.
- Be security conscious; watch out for others and their property.
4. SUPD will inform the following administrators of reports of students involved as victims or alleged perpetrators of domestic violence:
a. Resident Students: SUPD will contact the Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs
b. Non-Resident Students: SUPD will contact the Dean of Students (CAS & SBS)
c. Law Students: SUPD will contact the Dean of Students (Law School).
For situations involving employees, please refer to Section 1.2.3