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Campus Sexual Assault Policy

Who to Contact in The Event of a Sexual Assault

  • Reporting a sexual assault to the CCRI College Police is procedurally the same as reporting to one of the local or state law enforcement agency in the State of Rhode Island. Victims have the same rights when reporting to any other local law enforcement agency. Depending on which campus the incident occurs, we will notify local law enforcement to proceed with the case.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this Institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The College Police Department 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. An assault should be reported directly to a College Police Officer and/or other College representative.

Reporting of his incident:

  • Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim
  • Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam) that will aid in prosecution.
  • Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts the College Police Department, the local municipal law enforcement agency will be notified as well. A representative from the Student Services will also be notified. The victim of a sexual assault may choose to have the investigation pursued through the criminal justice system and or the Student Judicial Affairs. A College representative from the College Police Department or student Services will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision.

Various Counseling Options are Available

The Community College offers Counseling services on the following dates and times:

  • Warwick 401-825-2301
  • Lincoln 401-333-7160
  • Providence 401-455-6063
  • Newport 401-851-1625

The Community College has health services at 401-825-2103 or email

Hours of operation vary and this should not be considered an emergency contact. Check the website for current hours of operation.

Off campus services that are available include:

  • The Women's Center @ 401-861-2760
  • Day One @ 401-421-4100
  • Rape Crisis Center @ 401-421-4100

Are available 24 hours 7 days a week.

The personnel in these offices can provide advice and counseling, detailed information on health issues and reporting procedures, or referrals to resources off campus. These matters are kept confidential except when either the security of the campus or the surrounding community is breached. College Police Offices are opened 24 hours 7 days a week. Referrals can be made to off campus agency at any time. For referral to the Community College Counseling and Health services agencies please refer to the following websites or contact the agencies directly.

More information can be found at the website links below:

College Disciplinary Proceedings

College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook. The Handbook provides, in part, that the accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.

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Last Updated: 7/2/15