Student Life

Sexual Misconduct: Support & Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about sexual misconduct.faq


Q. If I am the victim of a sexual assault or other misconduct, will other people find out what happened to me?

A. If you speak with one of the confidential resources, listed on this site, and are 18 years of age or older, it will remain confidential. If you disclose or report the assault to another University employees, they may need to report this information to other University officials, such as SJU's Title IX Coordinator, but information will remain as private and limited as possible.


Q. If some time has passed since a sexual assault or other form of sexual misconduct, where can a victim receive medical care?

A. Non-urgent follow-up care can be obtained at the SJU Student Health Center (located in Sourin Hall), a Primary Care Physician’s office, or a clinic.  For additional information on Medical Care, please click here


Q. Who can I talk with confidentially on campus?

A. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to offer confidential support for students.   

For the safety of the whole SJU community, others on campus may be required by law to report known instances of sexual misconduct to the University Title IX Coordinator.  When an instance of sexual misconduct is reported, all efforts are made to keep the identity of the victim private and all follow-up is handled in a very sensitive manner. 


Q. Will my parents be contacted if I am a victim of sexual assault or other sexual misconduct?

A. SJU encourages all students to speak with parents and family as a source of support, especially following a significant personal incident, such as an instance of sexual misconduct.  However, if a student is over the age of 18, SJU will not contact parents, provided that there are no medical concerns or injuries that require parental notification. 


Q. If the perpetrator is not an SJU student or community member, can the University still help?

A. Yes. Here at SJU, our first priority is the safety of all students.  SJU can assist in many ways, even if the perpetrator is not an SJU student or community member.  Some examples of how SJU can help include assisting students to receive appropriate medical care, coordinating reporting and follow-up with local police, issuing helpful interim measures and campus bans/restrictions, and providing support during off-campus procedures such as court appearances.


Q. What if I was intoxicated when I was assaulted?

A. The University encourages reporting.  The University recognizes, however, that a student who has been drinking or using drugs at the time of the incident may be hesitant to make a report because of potential consequences for his/her/their own conduct.  A student who reports Sexual Misconduct will not be subject to disciplinary action by the University for his/her/their own personal consumption of alcohol or drugs at or near the time of the incident, provided that any such violations did not and do not place the health or safety of any other person at risk.  The University may, however, initiate an educational discussion or pursue other educational remedies regarding alcohol or other drugs.  


Q. What is a Title IX Coordinator and who has that role at SJU?

A. Dr. Mary-Elaine Perry is the University’s Title IX Coordinator.   In her role as Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Perry coordinates the University’s compliance with Title IX and oversees the University’s investigation and resolution process for reports of Sexual Misconduct.  Dr. Perry is supported by several University administrators who serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinators.  Dr. Perry and each Deputy Title IX Coordinator are knowledgeable and trained in state and federal laws that apply to matters of Sexual Misconduct, as well as University policy and procedure.  Dr. Perry's contact information is: Campion 239, 610-660-1145, or