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Procedures and protocol; sexual assault   

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(a) The governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Board of Directors of the Hastings College of the Law, and the Regents of the University of California shall each adopt, and implement at each of their respective campuses or other facilities, a written procedure or protocols to ensure, to the fullest extent possible, that students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual assault committed at or upon the grounds of, or upon off-campus grounds or facilities maintained by the institution, or upon grounds or facilities maintained by affiliated student organizations, shall receive treatment and information. If appropriate on-campus treatment facilities are unavailable, the written procedure on protocols may provide for referrals to local community treatment centers.

(b) The written procedures or protocols adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall contain at least the following information:

(1) The college policy regarding sexual assault on campus.

(2) Personnel on campus who should be notified, and procedures for notification, with the consent of the victim.

(3) Legal reporting requirements, and procedures for fulfilling them.

(4) Services available to victims, and personnel responsible for providing these services, such as the person assigned to transport the victim to the hospital, to refer the victim to a counseling center, and to notify the police, with the victim's concurrence.

(5) A description of campus resources available to victims, as well as appropriate off-campus services.

(6) Procedures for ongoing case management, including procedures for keeping the victim informed of the status of any student disciplinary proceedings in connection with the sexual assault, and the results of any disciplinary action or appeal, and helping the victim deal with academic difficulties that may arise because of the victimization and its impact.

(7) Procedures for guaranteeing confidentiality and appropriately handling requests for information from the press, concerned students, and parents.

(8) Each victim of sexual assault should receive information about the existence of at least the following options: criminal prosecutions, civil prosecutions, the disciplinary process through the college, the availability of mediation, alternative housing assignments, and academic assistance alternatives.

(c) Each segment of higher education shall implement this chapter from existing funds and resources available to it.

(d) For the purposes of this section, "sexual assault" includes, but is not limited to, rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, or threat of sexual assault.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 56.)