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Procedures to follow if you are victim of a crime

If you have been a victim of a crime, get somewhere safe and contact the UIC Police immediately.
If you are the victim of sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence, please see procedures to follow if you have been sexually assaulted and procedures to follow if you have been a victim of domestic violence or stalking

Procedures to follow if you have been sexually assaulted

It was not your fault.
Whatever you did to survive was the right thing to do.
Get to a safe place as soon as you can and tell someone you trust.
You have options available to you including:

  • UIC Campus Advocacy Network
  • UIC Counseling Center
  • UIC Dean of Students
  • Getting medical attention
  • Pressing charges
  • Off campus services for survivors

Interim Interventions/Alterations for Student Crime Victims

The University will implement reasonable requests from victims of sexual misconduct for assistance and modifications. Intervention and alterations may be academic in nature (such as more flexibility to complete assignments, section changes, etc.), or may involve financial aid, changing campus/off campus living arrangements and parking assignments, visa/immigration issues (#21), as well as other health and safety concerns. Victims of sexual misconduct will be provided with a list of the various options. Assistance is available regardless of whether or not the crime is reported to law enforcement. The university will not disclose the underlying reason for any interventions, alterations or protective measures provided to the victim unless doing so is necessary to provide said assistance or as may otherwise be required by law. For more information on accommodations, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (312) 996-5657.

Getting Medical Attention

Even if you do not wish to press charges or collect evidence, getting medical attention is important for addressing the physical consequences of assault. In addition to the emotional and psychological trauma experienced during and after a rape, survivors also might have physical concerns such as:

  • Bruising, cuts, abrasions, internal injuries not readily apparent or broken bones
  • Tearing or bruising of the labia, vaginal or anal wall, or urethra
  • Sexually transmitted infections (Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, etc.)
  • HIV
  • Pregnancy

Options for where to get medical attention include:

Going to a hospital emergency room, clinic or your doctor.
If you choose to go to the emergency room and present as a victim of sexual assault, your treatment will be free. If you are considering going to the emergency room, call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (1-888- 293-2080) for information about which hospitals have advocates specifically trained to work with survivors of sexual assault.

However, all Chicago hospitals are required to provide general support for survivors; you can ask the charge nurse for an advocate, and their services are also free.
Plan B (emergency contraceptive) can prevent a pregnancy up to 72 hours after intercourse. If you are 17 or over you can purchase Plan B without a prescription from a pharmacy. If you are under 17, you will need to get a prescription from a doctor.

Pressing Criminal Charges

Sexual assault is a crime in the state of Illinois. Victims have the right to press charges if they choose to do so. Victims also have the right to request assistance from university officials in the filing of a police report. Victims are not required to press charges, or to pursue action through the University’s Student Conduct Process.

Crimes that are reported to the police will be handled in a confidential manner, with information released on a need-to-know basis within the campus community and in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and university policies. University administrators will be sensitive and responsive to the potential for reprisal directed at employees or students who report threats or acts of violence.

The University recognizes that a student victim may be reluctant to disclose a sexual assault because of her/his use or possession of alcohol or drugs related to that incident of sexual misconduct. To encourage reporting, the university will not pursue disciplinary actions for alcohol/drug violations against a student making a good faith report of sexual misconduct. The university may utilize educational responses as appropriate through the Office of the Dean of Students.

You can reach the UIC Police at: (312) 355-5555 (their emergency line) and (312) 996-2830 (non- emergency). You can also go in-person to the UIC police station located at: 943 W. Maxwell St.

If you are interested in pressing charges, you can help preserve evidence by going to the Emergency Room and requesting an Evidence Collection Kit. Before you go, you can call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (1-888-293-2080) for information about which hospitals have advocates specifically trained to work with survivors of sexual assault.

In order for this kit to be most effective, follow these guidelines:

Avoid taking a shower, bathing or cleaning up (this includes brushing your teeth or washing your hands). Evidence can be easily washed away.
Avoid using the toilet. This is especially important if you suspect that you were given a drug to incapacitate you.
Avoid changing your clothes. Evidence such as the offenders’ hair or other bodily evidence could be on your clothing.
If you do change clothes, put all the clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper, not plastic, bag. Bring that bag to the hospital with you.

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