Office of Sexual Violence Prevention

Office of Sexual Violence Resources

Adjudication of Allegations of Student Sexual Misconduct

The Evergreen State College and the student conduct process take complaints of sexual misconduct very seriously and make every effort to resolve cases while limiting further trauma for the reporting party.

Sexual misconduct continues to be underreported for many reasons. We want you to know that when reports are received, they will be investigated thoroughly and often result in significant consequences for the student found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code.

Reports of sexual misconduct can be made by anyone by contacting Andrea Seabert Olsen, Police Services, or by completing the on-line reporting form.

Investigations of reports of sexual misconduct by students are conducted by the Senior Conduct Administrator or another qualified conduct administrator. In order to provide the reporting party with clear information and advocacy throughout the process the conduct process partners with the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention. The Senior Conduct Administrator also partners with Police Services when the reporting party wishes to involve law enforcement. The process for addressing complaints is contained in the Student Conduct Code.

Individuals who report sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to have an advocate or support person with them throughout the process. The complainant has the right to know the result of the investigation and appeal the decision of the conduct administrator or the appeals board if they are not in agreement with the finding and sanctions.

In all situations reported to the College, immediate action is taken to provide support to the impacted party which may include separation orders, providing alternative housing, and addressing academic needs. The Sexual Misconduct Response Network is convened by the Dean of Students and Academic Support Services within 24 hours of the College receiving a report that a student may have been involved in sexual misconduct. The Network determines steps for providing support and outreach to all parties.

A revision of the Student Conduct Code took place over a three year period and was finalized in February 2012. The revision was critical in order to provide greater clarity in defining sexual misconduct and in explicitly addressing the issue of consent. The current Student Conduct Code can be found by clicking the link.

For more information, questions, or feedback, please contact Andrea Seabert Olsen, 360-867-5113.

Arriving at the Hospital:

Should you choose to engage with medical services following a sexual assault, here is what you can expect:

Upon arrival at St. Peter’s Hospital, the emergency room staff will work with any survivor to ensure the best possible care during a hospital visit. An advocate from our local community Sexual Assault Service agency:Safeplace, will be called to support you. You may decline medical and advocacy services at any time.

State law requires the Crime Victims' Compensation program to pay the costs of sexual-assault examinations whether a crime is reported or not.

Crime Victim's Comp pays for the initial medical exam, but other insurance carriers must first cover any further expenses before CVC . Again, the initial exam will be directly billed to Crime Victims Compensation and will not be charged to the survivor.

St. Peter’s Hospital maintains a Jane Doe reporting option which allows survivors to have a complete Rape Kit without informing law enforcement. If you are 18 or older, the results of your Sexual assault exam will not be released to the police without your written consent. If you are under 18, the hospital is required by law to report that a rape has occurred. It is your choice whether or not you answer the questions the police ask you. However, without your cooperation, it is highly unlikely that the case will be prosecuted.

In order to receive Washington State Crime Victims Compensation (CVC), (outside of the free initial Sexual Assault Exam), the Program requires that you report to law enforcement within one year of the crime, or within one year of when a report could reasonably be made. You then must file an application with the CVC program within a certain time period no less than 2 years. You can receive an application form by calling our 24-hour Resource Line (1-888-99-VOICE) or by calling CVC directly at 1-800-762-3716.

Campus Reporting Options and Process

Survivors of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to use both the campus conduct process and the criminal justice system in pursuing action against the alleged assailant.

Campus Sexual Misconduct Response Network (SMRN) :

The Evergreen State College Sexual Misconduct Response Network (SMRN) is a multidisciplinary team designed to be activated when a report of sexual violence is made. When activated, the team is charged with defining the specific actions individual Staff are expected to take in assisting victims of sexual violence.

If you have experienced a sexual assault

The following information offers suggestions and options if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted. Rape will be referred to as sexual assault throughout this document.

Immediately after an assault, it is most important that the person harmed find a safe place, such as a neighbor or friend’s housing, a service provider or hospital. If the assault occurred in the residence, the residence should be secured as soon as possible by locking all the doors and windows.

If a survivor is hurt, it is imperative to either immediately dial 911 to request an ambulance or have a trusted friend or relative transport the survivor to the nearest medical facility for evaluation and treatment.

  • If you are in danger, please, call 911 immediately.
  • Call the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention at 360-867-5221 to speak with an advocate:or
  • Call Safeplace 24 hr. crisis/advocacy line: 360-754-6300
  • Call the Coalition Against Sexual Violence student group at 360-867-6749

Legal and Campus Reporting Options

The decision to report a sexual assault lies within the discretion of the survivor.

If a survivor wishes to access services, but is unsure of whether they would like to lodge a criminal or campus report, they may contact the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention at 360-867-5221. O.S.V.P will explain both the legal and campus reporting options and support you should you wish to pursue either or both.

Even if you decide that you don’t want to contact the police or are unsure what you want to do, think about calling to discuss your options. The coordinator will provide support and assistance with making choices and seeking help.

If for some reason you cannot reach the Office, call Safeplace's, 24/hour line to speak with a professional advocate in the community: 360-754-6300.

Legal Reporting Options

If you would like to report a sexual assault, contact the police or sheriff’s department for the jurisdiction where the assault occurred. You are always welcome to contact Campus Police Services first where officers will help facilitate your report to the appropriate jurisdiction. If the assault occurred on campus, contact Campus Police Services.

Medical Options:

No matter your gender or gender identity, sexual assault is a trauma. The trauma of sexual assault involves losing control of your own body and possibly fearing death or injury. Physical and emotional health can both be affected by sexual assault therefore it is important to consider engaging with medical care.

A sexual assault exam can help address immediate injuries, collect evidence, and treat preventatively for certain infections. In spite of a strong and natural desire to clean up, in the interest of evidence preservation, it is best that you do not do so.

For accurate testing results, it is important to get a sexual assault exam within 96 hours; the sooner the better. If you think you have been drugged with any drug, you will need to tell the hospital this so that they can test for these drugs.

While College Health Services can provide STI, HIV and pregnancy testing, they do not offer Sexual Assault Exams.

St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia has trained Sexual Assault Exam Nurses on staff 24/7 to provide survivor- sensitive services. For more information about a Sexual Assault exam, please click here.

  • The Campus Health Center: Seminar I 2110 - The campus Health Center can offer you a same day appointment for acute needs. They can offer comprehensive STI testing as well as emergency contraception. The Center does not provide Sexual Assault Exams however they will help connect you with that service. Additionally they will keep a disclosure of Sexual Misconduct (including sexual assault and rape) confidential.
  • Counseling Center - Seminar I 4126, 867-6800 - Counseling services are provided by the Evergreen State College Counseling Services staff. They provide counseling for crisis and healing, as well as referral to agencies off campus, when applicable. Counseling Services are available (when the college is in session) Monday -Thursday, 10am- 5pm, and Fridays, 10am- 3pm. Walk-in hours for crisis are available Monday-Friday.

Resources: ON and OFF campus

On Campus:

Campus Student Groups:

  • Coalition Against Sexual Violence 867-6749
  • Queer People of Color 867-6220
  • Native Student Alliance 867-6220
  • Women of Color Coalition 867-6006
  • Evergreen Queer Alliance 867-6544
  • Women's Resource Center 867-6162
  • *Additional student groups are listed here..

Off-Campus Resources:

The Evergreen State College will not tolerate sexual misconduct, including rape, sexual harassment or sexual assault.

According The Evergreen State College Student Conduct Code, Sexual Misconduct is defined as:

(a) The actual or attempted sexual intercourse or sexual contact that is unwanted or forced upon another, without the consent of that person. Sexual contact is any intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts. Sexual intercourse means any anal, oral or vaginal intercourse, however slight, with any object. Consent means that at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact there are actual words or conduct indicating a voluntary and mutually understandable agreement between the parties to engage in the action(s) or behavior(s). Consent may not be given or granted when one's capacity for effective decision making has been diminished by the use of alcohol or drugs, or a person is unconscious, or is experiencing some other cognitive impairment. Consent is not considered voluntary when obtained through threats, intimidation, or coercion. Sexual misconduct can occur with any combination of genders, gender expressions and sexual orientations.

(b) The photographing or filming of the intimate areas of another person without that person's knowledge and consent and under circumstances where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, whether in a public or private place.

(c) The indecent exposure of a person's genitals when done in a place where such exposure is likely to be an offense against generally accepted standards of decency.

(d) Sexual exploitation which occurs when one takes nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for another's advantage or benefit and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct prohibitions. Sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to, going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as allowing others to view otherwise consensual sexual activity).

(e) Harm, which is behavior directed at an individual that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent such that it diminishes or interferes with the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the college or an employee to engage in their work duties.

(f) Stalking which is defined as repeatedly engaging in a course of conduct directed at another individual that would cause a reasonable person to experience alarm, fright or determine that their safety, or the safety of those affiliated or associated with them is at risk.

(g) Harassment which is defined as conduct against a person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, age, military status, or sexual orientation that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the college, or an employee to engage in work duties.

(h) Failing to monitor the behavior of a visitor or guest to assure their adherence to the code.

(i) Violation of any college policy including, but not limited to, residential and dining services policies.

(j) Knowingly assisting another person to violate the code or failing to report to a college official conduct that constitutes significant damage to property or a serious danger to the health or personal safety of an individual.

(k) Tampering with the election of any student organization or group.

(l) Hazing which is conduct that includes any activity or method of initiation into a recognized organization or student social, living, learning, or athletic group that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical, mental, or emotional harm to any member of the college community.

(m) Being charged with violation of federal, state, or local law by law enforcement, or conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, under circumstances where it is reasonable to conclude that the presence of the person on college premises would constitute a danger to the health, or personal safety of members of the college community.

The Evergreen State College is committed to providing students with an environment conducive to the pursuit of knowledge. Admission to the College carries with it the presumption that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the community and refrain from actions that would endanger the health, welfare, or safety of others. Conduct constituting sexual misconduct, such as rape, sexual or physical assault, stalking or sexual harassment, will not be tolerated. Students who commit sexual offenses of any form can be prosecuted under Washington State Criminal Code (RCW Chapter 9A) and/or disciplined under the College’s Student Conduct Code (WAC174-120) and/or Sexual Harassment Policy.

  • There is nothing "sexual" about Sexual Violence for the victim, and often nothing for the perpetrator either. Sexual Assault is about power and control, not sex.
  • It is about the subjugation of someone who is being targeted for a specific association, identity, or power differential.
  • It is a violent and humiliating assault which is acted out in a sexual way.
  • Sexual violence is often a feature of other bias-based crimes and it disproportionately affects transgender folks, Native Americans, women, children and youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual individuals, African Americans, people with disabilities, and many other historically marginalized communities.
  • Three out of four incidents of sexual violence are perpetrated by someone known to the victim. For more information on starting safe and healthy relationships, please click here.

What is Consent? What isn't?

Consent is: freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in sexual activity, expressed by clear, unambiguous words or actions. It is the responsibility of the initiator of the sexual activity to ensure that they have the other person’s consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be present throughout the sexual activity by all parties involved. At any time, a participant can communicate that they no longer consent to continuing the sexual activity. Consent may never be obtained through the use of force, coercion, or intimidation or if the victim is mentally or physically incapacitated- including through the use of drugs or alcohol.

Consent may NOT be assumed because of the existence of a previous dating or sexual relationship. The use of alcohol or drugs does not diminish a student’s responsibility to obtain consent for sexual activity.

Who to contact should you wish to access support, services, advocacy, info about reporting options, but you are not sure you want to initiate a formal campus investigation:

The following offices/individualsARE NOT required to report a disclosure of sexual misconduct and will keep your disclosure confidential.

Office of Sexual Violence Prevention - Seminar I 4119, 867-5221.  The office can connect you with an advocate to provide support as you consider next steps.

The Campus Health Center - Seminar I 2110, 867-6200 - The campus Health Center can offer you a same day appointment for acute needs. They can offer comprehensive STI testing as well as emergency contraception. The Center does not provide Sexual Assault Exams however they will help connect you with that service. Additionally they will keep a disclosure of Sexual Misconduct (including sexual assault and rape) confidential.

The Campus Counseling Center - Seminar I 4126, 867-6800 - Counseling services are provided by the Evergreen State College Counseling Services staff. They provide counseling for crisis and healing, as well as referral to agencies off campus, when applicable. Counseling Services are available (when the college is in session) Monday -Thursday, 8am- 5pm, and Fridays, 8am- 3pm. Walk-in hours for crisis are available Monday-Friday from 11 am- noon.

Who to contact should you wish to report a complaint of sexual misconduct:

Reporting to these offices/individuals below will initiate a formal, campus investigation of the complaint.

Campus Police Services - Seminar 2150, 867-6140 An officer taking a report will thoroughly investigate the allegations and depending on the outcome, will make an arrest and/or forward the information to the Thurston County Prosecutor. The officer will notify the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator as soon as possible. The coordinator will ask if you wish to have a professional advocate present during evidentiary questioning and for on-going support. If the accused is identified, a report will be filed with the Thurston County Sheriff’s office. When a campus police report is filed, the Senior Conduct Administrator is notified and will meet with you to discuss your grievance options if you wish.

The Campus Senior Conduct Administrator- Complaints regarding violation of rules of conduct by Evergreen students should be directed to the Campus Senior Conduct Administrator Office (360) 867-5113. These complaints will be processed in accordance with the College Conduce procedures. For more complete information concerning the judicial process, rights of the student who is the subject of the complaint, rights of the student bringing forward the complaint, and possible sanctions, click here. In the case of an alleged sexual assault, the student bringing the complaint forward has the right to be notified about the outcome of the judicial hearing and any sanctions imposed. There is no established time frame for filing a complaint; however survivors are urged to file a complaint as soon as possible. (Campus Temporary No Contact Order: The Senior Conduct Administrator (867-5113) can impose a Temporary No Contact Order on any and all parties involved in a harassment/assault complaint during an investigation. This is not a legally binding order but a violation of this order will result in campus disciplinary action.)

College Civil Rights Officer - The campus Civil Rights Officer is responsible for enforcing the college's commitment to promote, maintain and encourage a learning and work environment free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment. Sexual assault is considered a form of sexual harassment. A person who believes that they have been harassed or subject to discriminatory treatment within the Evergreen Community because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, pregnancy or veteran status, or has been retaliated against for participating in such a complaint process, is urged to utilize the complaint procedures provided by the college through the Civil Rights Office. The current Civil Rights Officer is Nicole Ack, Library, Room 3238, (360) 867-5371, TTY (360) 867-6695,ackn@evergreen.edu.

The Vice-President for Student Affairs - Library 3236, 867-6296: can impose an emergency suspension that results in an immediate eviction from housing and a temporary ban from campus. The Vice President for Student Affairs or his designee, will determine if an all-campus bulletin is appropriate and, whenever possible, consult with the survivor about content and composition of the bulletin.

Title IX Coordinator: Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the Evergreen State College has designated the individual below as the Campus Title IX Coordinator, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance: Paul Gallegos: Ph. 360-867-6368 Email: gallegop@evergreen.edu