Committed to a Safer Community

Regis University is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, respectful community. Within this respectful community, sexual violence will not be tolerated and supporting survivors of sexual violence is a priority.

Through campus and community resources, survivors of sexual assault may choose to access services to assist them as they move through the recovery process.

Through campus disciplinary procedures and/or off-campus law enforcement agencies, perpetrators of sexual violence will be held accountable.

Through campus programs and outreach events, all members of the Regis community can learn how to contribute to the elimination of sexual violence on our campus and in the community-at-large.

Sexual Assault Guidelines

Responding to Sexual Assault

If you are in danger or experiencing an emergency, call 911 or Campus Safety at 303.458.4122

24/7 Resources – Getting Immediate Help

When you have experienced something as traumatic as a sexual assault, it’s hard to know what to do. We encourage you to reach out for help.

If you want to talk with someone who can help you understand your options and keep your information confidential, contact:
  • Regis Office of Counseling and Personal Development (after-hours coverage): 303.458.3507
  • The Blue Bench (Denver’s sexual assault agency) Crisis Line: 303.322.7273
If you want to talk directly to the police:
  • Call 911 for emergencies
  • Call 720.913.2000 for non-emergencies

Step By Step Guidelines

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:
  1. Ensure personal safety.
  2. Seek medical attention.
  3. Call the police and/or the Sexual Assault hotline.
  4. Attempt not to bathe or otherwise disturb evidence.
  5. Stay calm and write down the details of the assault.
  6. If you think you have been drugged, go immediately to the hospital and request appropriate tests.

Finding Help on Campus

We understand that students have concerns about sharing information about sexual assault with faculty and staff on campus. It’s important to for students to understand the different types of resources Regis offers for prevention and response to violence.

Confidential Resources

These resources are not required to report information about sexual assault to the university under federal law. If you do not want your information shared, please contact:
  • Campus mental health counselors and staff
  • Jesuits (when acting in their role as priests)
  • University ministry staff (excluding peer ministers)
These contacts will not share information without your explicit permission except in extreme, rare circumstances.

Private Resources

Conversations with faculty members, R.A.s and other university staff are kept as private as possible, but this information must be shared with the Title IX Coordinator in accordance with federal law. The university must investigate all allegations of sexual assault to ensure the safety of the campus; however, these investigations are done as privately and respectfully as possible.

24/7 CRISIS LINE

Students may access a mental health professional at any time by calling the Office of Counseling and Personal Development main number 303.458.3507. Trained counselors are always here to help you.

MEDICAL

It is important for students who have been sexually assaulted to seek immediate medical attention. Students who choose (or think they may later choose) to pursue criminal charges must seek a forensic medical examination off-campus. Students who do not wish to pursue charges in the criminal system may receive medical treatment at the Student Health Center (303.458.3558) during regular business hours. Students may seek after-hours treatment off-campus.

SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY

Andrea Thyrring, Violence Prevention Program Coordinator at Regis, is available to meet with students to provide support and help them access services and understand their options. Her office is located in the Student Center, Room 219 B, and she can be reached by phone at 303.458.4029 or athyrring@regis.edu.

COUNSELING AND CONSULTATION

The Office of Counseling and Personal Development (OCPD) provides unlimited counseling sessions for all Regis College, Doctoral Pharmacy and Physical Therapy students, as well as all Traditional, Accelerated and CHOICE nursing students. All services are confidential and free of charge.

OCPD is staffed by trained professionals who provide support to students who are dealing with a sexual assault. Students may schedule an appointment by calling 303.458.3507 or coming to the OCPD, which is located in the Coors Life Directions Center.

Crisis walk-in services are available at the OCPD Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mary Stall, Staff Psychologist and Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator, is also available for consultation regarding any issues involving sexual assault. She can be reached at 303.458.4228 or mstall@regis.edu.

CAMPUS SAFETY

Regis Campus Safety Officers are here to ensure your personal safety and offer assistance in reporting to police if you choose to do so. They can help you make the initial call to the police department and help you understand the steps of reporting. Students are encouraged to consult Campus Safety for help in filing a police report. They can be reached at 303-458-4122.

PASTORAL CARE

The Office of University Ministry staff can provide pastoral counseling and support. The Office of University Ministry can be reached at 303.458.5725, or you may email Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe, Director of University Ministry.

Finding Help in the Denver Community

24/7 Crisis Line

The Blue Bench (Denver‘s community sexual assault agency) offers support and information about sexual assault resources. They can be reached at 303.322.7273. Trained volunteer advocates are on call to answer any questions you may have and to provide emotional support at all times. Information may also be accessed through their website: thebluebench.org.

Denver Police Department

Call 911 immediately if you are injured and need emergency medical care or if you have concerns about your safety. You may also call 911 to have an officer respond quickly and come to your location to assist you.

If you have questions about filing a report and would like to speak with a police officer, you may call the Denver Police Non-Emergency number: 720.913.2000.

Please remember that Campus Safety (303.458.4122) is always willing to help you contact Denver Police or help you figure out the correct police department to contact if the assault happened outside of the Denver Police Department's jurisdiction.

Medical

Students may seek treatment in an Emergency Department, Urgent Care Center, or through their private health care specialist. Please note that all Urgent Care Clinics and Hospitals are required to notify the police when someone seeks medical treatment for sexual assault. Police will be called to the ER/Urgent Care Clinic and will ask to speak with you.

Also know that you can request a Victim Advocate to help you understand your options and the support available to you. Some hospitals have Victim Advocates on staff. The Blue Bench will send an advocate to meet you at the hospital. Please call their hotline (303.322.7273) to request an advocate. Advocates are available 24/7.

Forensic examinations, which include collecting evidence for use in criminal cases, are provided at the following area hospitals:
  • St. Anthony’s North: 2551 West 84th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80204
    303.426.2151
  • Porter Hospital: 2525 S. Downing Street, Denver, CO 80210
    303.778.1955
  • Denver Health Medical Center: 777 Bannock street, Denver, CO 80204
    303.436.6000

You may also be seen for after-hours medical care at an urgent care clinic. The closest clinic to Regis is the NextCare Urgent Care Center (888.306.5315; 52nd and Wadsworth).

Counseling and Support Services

The Blue Bench

The Blue Bench provides many services for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse. The Blue Bench maintains a 24-hour crisis and support hotline (303.322.7273). Hotline staff provide emotional support and information about support services in the Denver area. The Blue Bench also provides individual and group therapy, and volunteer advocates who can assist survivors through the legal process.

Denver Police Victim Assistance Unit

If you are involved in filing an official police report, the Victim Assistance Unit will appoint an advocate to help you and inform you of the many services provided to victims of crime. Phone: 720.913.6035.

Denver Sexual Assault Interagency Council (SAIC)

The SAIC is a council with representatives from a spectrum of agencies including the Denver Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and service providers in the Denver area. The SAIC Coordinator can assist you in finding services and is a great resource if you have questions about any part of the response system. She is also available to coordinate and/or mediate between you and any Denver agency regarding concerns about your experience within the system.

Personal Counseling

Referrals for private therapists and low-fee services in the community are available through the Office of Counseling and Personal Development (OCPD) and can be accessed on their website.

Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

When supporting a survivor of sexual violence, it is important to refrain from making judgments and from taking control away from the survivor. If you ask questions about the survivor’s behavior and try to analyze what happened, you may unintentionally cause them to blame themselves or shut down. On the other hand, if you can communicate the following three ideas, it will greatly assist the survivor’s healing:

  • "I’m sorry this happened."
  • "It’s not your fault."
  • "You handled a terrible situation the best way you could."

Guidelines for Talking to Someone Who Has been Sexually Assaulted

Validate and Believe

If the survivor feels ashamed or guilty, reassure them that the incident was not their fault and that their feelings are understandable. Often survivors feel that others will question or minimize what happened to them. Let them know that you believe them. Limit the number of questions that you ask as this can make a person feel you doubt them or that they need to prove what happened.

Avoid questions that could imply blame or question the survivor’s actions, such as, “Why did you go back to their room?” or “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?” or “Why didn’t you fight back?” You can be supportive without knowing the details of the assault. Use open-ended questions such as “How are you feeling?” or “What can I do to help?” Give them time and space to share with you as they are ready to do so and understand that they may never choose to share detailed information with you.

Be A Good Listener

One of the most helpful things you can do is listen. Let them know you are available to listen when and if they want to talk with you. Avoid judgment, giving advice, and sharing your opinions. Just listen. Allow the survivor to make their own decisions. If they ask for your advice, offer several options and let them choose.

Allow the Survivor to Make Choices Whenever Possible

Even the smallest choices can begin to restore their sense of power, which was taken away from them during the assault. For example, offer the choice of where they would like to talk with you, whether or not they would like to call a crisis line, etc.

Do NOT Ttouch the Survivor Without Asking Permission First

While hugging someone or holding their hand may be a natural inclination, it is important to ask them if they want that type of support. Physical intimacy that may have been fine before the assault may not be fine for awhile after the assault. The right for the survivor to choose the type and timing of physical intimacy is integral to their feeling of safety.

Try to Minimize the Number of Times the Survivor Must Tell What Happened

You do not need to hear any details of the assault, unless the survivor wants to tell you.

Do Not Confront an Alleged Offender

While it is normal to be angry at the person accused of assaulting someone, confronting this person could result in their escalating their behavior against the survivor (e.g. harassment, stalking) and may also lead to involving other people that the survivor did not choose to involve in the situation (e.g. other students who may witness the confrontation).

Protect the Survivor’s Privacy

Regis is a small campus, and when someone is sexually assaulted, they may feel like everyone knows what happened to them. It’s important that you share information only with those that you are required to share this information with (e.g. if you are an R.A. and must report information to your supervisor). The survivor has confided in you because they trust you. If you talk to others, the survivor may feel betrayed.

Take Care of Yourself

When someone you know is hurt, it is understandable to feel a myriad of emotions (angry, sad, powerless). If the survivor is someone close to you, it is also common to experience many of the same reactions as they do. Talking about your feelings with the person who has been assaulted can be overwhelming to them and exacerbate how they are feeling.

Consider getting your own support. Counselors in the Office of Counseling and Personal Development (303.458.3507) are here to help and can provide a confidential place for you to talk about your own experience. The Blue Bench, Denver’s community resource for those affected by sexual assault, also provides a confidential 24-hour hotline staffed by advocates who are there to help (303.322.7273).

Believe in the Possibility of Healing

Let them know that you believe that they have the strength and the capacity to heal. People are resilient; they can and do recover from the trauma of sexual assault.

The information above was adapted from Brown University’s "How to Help a Friend" publication (Brown University, Health Education, 2013), Tulane University’s "Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education manual" (Violence Prevention and Support Services, 2012), and the University of Denver’s "Helping A Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted" web page (Center for Advocacy and Prevention, 2013).

Defining Sexual Assault and Consent

Sexual Assault

According to university policy, a sexual offense is defined as "any sexual act directed against another person without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent." Any sexual touching or contact that occurs without the consent of both parties is considered Sexual Assault, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact. Any sexual penetration (anal, oral, or vaginal) that occurs without consent is considered Sexual Assault, Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse.

Consent

In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent is defined as clear, knowing, voluntary, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in a mutually agreed upon, specific sexual act. Non-verbal consent is not as clear as talking about what you want sexually and what you don’t. Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a "no;" a clear "yes," verbal or otherwise, is necessary.

Links to: Link to Title IX Page Link to Sexual Harassment and Violence Policy http://www.regis.edu/~/media/Files/University/Policies-Procedures/NONDISCRIMINATION-SEXUAL-MISCONDUCT-POLICY.ashx