Sexual violence, sexual misconduct, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence are critical issues on college campuses, including Rivier University. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Actions of sexual misconduct or violence towards students is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. At Rivier, we are working towards preventing these incidents through violence prevention programming, providing support and resources to survivors of sexual violence, and protecting the community. This website is our resource to you for more information about the definitions Rivier adopts for each type of sexual violence, the definition of consent, what decisions you have to make if you are a survivor of sexual violence, and the resources available to everyone in the Rivier community regarding these issues.
If you are looking for direction on what to do if you have become the survivor of sexual violence please look below.
Get to a safe place
The first step is to ensure that you are now in a safe location. If you are still in danger you can call 911 or Public Safety at (603) 888-1666.
Seek Medical Attention
Victims of a sexual violence should seek medical attention because of the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, in order to determine the presence of a physical injury, and/or to obtain evidence to help in the investigation. This physical exam does not obligate the victim to prosecute either through the State or University judicial system; however, having the exam does leave all of the individual’s options open. Choosing not to have the exam may greatly impact the possibility of the successful prosecution of the accused through the state court system at some future date.
The local hospitals are:
Southern N.H. Regional Medical Center: (603) 577-2500
St. Joseph Hospital: (603) 882-3000
Choose whether or not you would like to report and to whom
You can choose to report the incident to a variety of offices including Public Safety, Nashua Police Department and the Title IX coordinator. You also have the right to choose to report to one or more of these offices or none of these offices. Please look at Choosing to Report for further guidance and information.
Seek out support for self-care
On campus, we highly recommend connecting with the Counseling and Wellness Center for on-going support. Other resources and more details can be found by looking at Resources.