Students and employees are encouraged to attend educational programs concerning awareness and the prevention of sex offenses, including brief encounter (acquaintance/date) rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. CCS offers counseling, information and referral for victims of sexual assault. Trained counselors are available at both colleges. Victims of sexual assault on any district-owned or leased facility should report the incident immediately to a counselor or to the Office of Campus Security, as well as to local law enforcement authorities. It is important to preserve any evidence of a sexual assault for law enforcement authorities.
If a student of staff member is a victim of a sexual assault their first priority should be to get to a place of safety. Then they should obtain necessary medical treatment. CCS strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. When a sexual assault victim contacts the Office of Campus Safety, the City of Spokane Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit will be notified as well. CCS with use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard for investigative purposes.
Victims of sexual assault are also encouraged to use the resources of the Spokane Sexual Assault Center and Lutheran Social Services at 509-747-8224 or 509-624-RAPE (24-hour crisis line). Employees and family members may also contact CCS’ Employee Assistance Program.
Student victims may request a change in their academic situation (for example, a change in schedule or location) after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonable and available. To request consideration for change students should contact their campus Vice President of Student Services office: SCC: 509-533-7015 and SFCC: 509-533-3514. The Vice President of Student Services will determine what changes are available and reasonable, and work with the student to implement an appropriate change.