Skip to navigation

If You Have Been Assaulted

Procedures victims should follow if a sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking has occurred:

 

1. Ensure that you are safe
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Get to a safe place and seek support from someone you trust.

 

2. Seek medical attention
Individuals with significant injuries should go to the closest emergency room. If injuries do not require urgent medical attention, individuals should immediately go to the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults where they can be treated and have evidence collected.
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline and Clinic
This is the recommended facility for survivors of sexual assault. The Partnership has nurses who are well trained in conducting the forensic exam (rape kit) for evidence collection. All services are free.
423.755.2700 (24/7 support)

 

3. Preserve evidence
Do not wash, eat, drink, douche, clean, use the bathroom (if possible), or change clothes. Save evidence in a clean paper bag.

 

4. Report the incident
To report to the police:
Dade County (Georgia) Police: 706.657.3233
Hamilton County (Tennessee) Police: 423.209.7000
 
To report incident to Covenant College:
Dr. Brad Voyles, Title IX Coordinator:
706.419.1107 or brad.voyles@covenant.edu
 
Ms. Becca Moore, Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
706.419.1262 or becca.moore@covenant.edu

 

The Title IX coordinator can assist a student or employee in filing a complaint. If the victim is concerned about confidentiality, the Title IX coordinator will keep the person’s personal information as confidential as possible.

 

Office of Safety & Security, Carter Hall basement, room 29
706.419.1209, M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
After Hours: 706.419.4105 (24/7 support)
RD on Duty: 706.419.1176 (24/7 support)

 

The College encourages the reporting of all perceived incidents of sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking regardless of the offender’s identity or position.  

 

The College will provide an alternative accountability process for individuals who may be hesitant to report a sexual assault violation out of fear that they themselves or others may be accused of violating other College policies, such as drinking or drugs at the time of the incident. Educational options and accountability may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record (for students) or disciplinary actions (for employees) will result.

 

5. Seek support
For confidential places of support including guidance on reporting the incident:
Priesthill Counseling Center (confidential)
Jackson Hall, 1st floor, 706.419.1275
M–F: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m

 

Community resources
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline and Clinic
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
423.755.2700 (24/7)
Confidential sexual assault and relationship violence support services for Chattanooga area.

 

Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa, & Chattooga Counties, Inc.
706.375.7630 (24/7)
Confidential relationship violence support services for Northwest Georgia.

 

Rights of Complainants and Respondents

The College shall provide any individual suspected or accused of violating this policy with a written explanation of the suspected or alleged violations of this policy or College policies. Complainants and respondents shall both be provided with the following in connection with the resolution process of suspected or alleged violations of this policy:

  • A copy of all relevant policies and procedures which apply to the allegation(s);
  • Information regarding their rights: the College’s commitment to confidentiality wherever possible, reporting options including their right to file a complaint with the local police, and the College’s policy against retaliation;
  • Written notification of existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, chaplain and pastoral care support, and other services available for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking both on campus and in the community;
  • Written notification of existing counseling and chaplain and pastoral care support available to respondents;
  • The opportunity to speak on their own behalf;
  • Provisions for the prompt, fair, and impartial investigation of all complaints, including the opportunity for the parties to present witnesses and other evidence;
  • The opportunity to submit other information on their behalf;
  • The opportunity to review any information that will be offered by the other party in support of the other party’s position (to the greatest extent possible and consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or other applicable law);
  • For cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the same opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice. For all other cases related to this policy, the parties shall have the same opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by a non-attorney advisor. For all cases, the advisor may not speak on behalf of the individual during, or participate directly in, meetings or other proceedings, because the purpose of the advisor is to provide support;
  • The opportunity to request the College to take reasonable and necessary action to prevent further unwanted contact of complainant with the respondent including, but not limited to, the immediate relocation of the complainant to safe alternate housing and transfer of classes, if requested, if such changes are reasonably available;
  • The opportunity to request other changes to their academic, living, transportation, and working situations if requested and if such accommodations are reasonably available, regardless of whether the complainant chooses to report the alleged policy violation to campus police or local law enforcement;
  • The right to be informed of the outcome of the investigation and any proceeding simultaneously/contemporaneously and in writing (to the greatest extent possible and consistent with FERPA or other applicable law);
  • The opportunity to appeal the outcome/results of the investigation and any information regarding any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final and when such results will become final.