Advocates from Voices Against Violence are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to help survivors with any and all needs including seeking medical attention, reporting an assault and seeking emotional support. Voices Against Violence is our primary resource and we seek to connect survivors with an advocate as soon as possible. Contact Voices Against Violence at (603) 536-1659 for assistance. Information about their services can be found at voicesagainstviolence.net
Here are a few additional resources that you might find helpful.
University Police Department–911 for safety or immediate assistance or 603-535-2330 to meet with an officer to file a report
Plymouth Police Department–911 for safety or immediate assistance or 603-536-1804
New Hampshire Judicial Branch: Domestic Violence
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does my report remain confidential?
We strive to strictly observe the privacy of all parties involved in a report of sexual misconduct. Sharing of any information to those not directly involved in the reporting procedure, or with a defined need to know, is not permitted unless allowed by law or other policy. Any violations of these privacy requirements may lead to conduct action by the university.
Will my parents be told?
No, not unless you tell them. Whether you are the reporting party or the responding party, the university’s first relationship is to the students and not to the parent. However, you are strongly encouraged to include your family in the discussion as they can be a great source of support. University officials would only inform the parents if the student requested it or was in a health/life-threatening situation. If there is a university conduct process and the responding party is found responsible, it is likely that their family would be notified of that conduct decision.
Will I have to confront the perpetrator?
Sexual misconduct is a serious offense and in all due process procedures the responding party has a right to engage the reporting party. However, special provisions can be provided to allow this engagement to occur without direct contact, which can include closed-circuit television/skype testimony, room dividers, or separate hearing rooms with speaker phones. A discussion of these options is part of your initial meeting with the appropriate student conduct official.
Do I have to name the perpetrator?
If you want formal conduct action to be taken against the alleged perpetrator, yes. But, if you decide that you do not want to file a report, you will not be required to name the alleged perpetrator.
What about changing residence hall rooms or other housing situations?
If you want to change your on-campus living environment, you may request a move and these are considered urgent circumstances from the university’s perspective. If you want the responding party to move, and you believe you have been the victim of sexual misconduct, you will need to be willing to pursue university conduct action. The alleged perpetrator would likely then be moved immediately on an interim basis pending the resolution of your report. The ultimate and final resolution would be a determination made based on the outcome of the conduct hearing. Some other accommodations available to you might include:
- Assistance from university staff in completing a relocation
- Other housing related resolutions might even include the dissolving of a housing contract.
- Academic support and resolution to potentially include rescheduling of work, taking an incomplete, changing section of a class, etc.
- Imposing a no contact order between both parties
Does the use of drugs or alcohol affect the outcome of a sexual misconduct reporting process?
Sexual misconduct is a very serious concern and the university does not want to inhibit the reporting of these incidents in any way. To that end, a student reporting sexual misconduct would not be held through the conduct process responsible for a policy violation. If appropriate, educational opportunities may be recommended depending on the severity of the alcohol/drug use.
The use of alcohol and/or drugs by either party will not diminish the responding party’s responsibility.
The welfare of students is our greatest concern. At times, students are hesitant to offer assistance to others or to make reports for fear that they may find themselves in trouble because of their own violation of university policy regarding alcohol and other drugs. The university does have an amnesty policy that protects students from the more serious conduct sanctioning in these situations.