Pierce College educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through mandatory orientations each fall. Both Puyallup and Lakewood Police Departments offer sexual assault education and information programs to students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction and College response is available through the offices of Student Affairs and Campus Safety and is available on the Campus Safety website.
If you or someone you know is the victim of a sex offense on campus, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. Pierce College 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 Campus Safety Officer and/or a Student Services Director. Filing a report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgment. Filing a report will:
When a sexual assault victim files a report, the local Police Department will be notified as well. If the suspect is also a student, the victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the Student Services Office, or only the latter. A representative from the Campus Safety Office, or the Student Services Office, will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision.
Students and employees who are victims of sexual assault are encouraged to seek help from the following resources:
For information on the procedures for campus disciplinary action in cases of an alleged sex offense that takes place on campus, and of the sanctions the institution may impose following a final determination of a disciplinary proceeding regarding sex offenses, please see Student Rights and Responsibilities/Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct provides, in part, that the complainant and the respondent have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney, but advisors are not permitted to speak or participate directly in any hearing before a judicial body, except as permitted by the hearing chair. A written statement of the judicial advisor's decision and findings of fact shall be served on both the respondent and the complainant. The statement shall indicate in that decision the review and appeals process.
A student found guilty of a sex offense that takes place on campus 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 and/or on-campus living situation after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.
Pierce College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the college against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, Pierce College will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim's next of kin, if so requested.
Director of Safety & Assistant Director of Facilities
District Program Manager
Campus Safety Office
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Cascade Building, C311
Office: (253) 964-6751
M-W: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Th: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Campus Safety Office
1601 39th Avenue SE
Gaspard Building, A117
Office: (253) 840-8481
Mon - Thurs:
8 a.m. - noon
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
7 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.