What Should I Do If This Happens to Me?
Confidential Help is Available on Campus
- A member of the Hamilton College Counseling Center is on-call at all times. The Counselor On-Call can provide immediate crisis support and information about resources for survivors on and off campus.
- Contact the Counseling Center (24/7, 365 days a year) by calling 315-859-4340
- This is a completely confidential service. Confidential resources will not share any information with outside parties, except in very limited situations (e.g. minors, imminent danger). Hamilton's confidential resources are the College Counseling Center, the College Health Center, and the College Chaplain. All other Hamilton faculty, staff, coaches and residential advisors are obligated to report incidents of sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator.
Immediate Confidential help is also available through YWCA Crisis Services by calling 315-797-7740
The YWCA Crisis Services Advocates are trained and available by phone or to accompany survivors to the hospital or the police. This service is confidential and is not connected with the College.
Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible following a sexual assault
Not all injuries are immediately apparent. Contact the Hamilton Student Health Service 315-859-4111; 8:30-4:30 M-F), Hamilton’s Emergency Medical Technicians (315-859-4000), or go to the hospital Emergency Room for medical services. Transportation to the hospital can be arranged by request through the Office of Campus Safety or Health Center.
For any major injuries go to the Oneida Healthcare Center emergency room
For any major injuries, as well as a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE), go to the Oneida Healthcare Center, 321 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY 13421.
- The SAFE allows evidence to be collected in case prosecution is desired at a later time.
- The examination should be conducted within 96 hours of the incident.
- The examination includes a pelvic examination and DNA analysis; sexually transmitted disease testing; and treatment for possible infection, which may include taking an antibiotic.
- Do not bathe, shower, change or wash clothes, or douche – important evidence may be lost. You may wish to take a change of clothes with you to the hospital. If you have changed clothes, bring the clothes you were wearing at the time of the incident in a cloth or paper bag (no plastic).
- Upon request, a volunteer from the YWCA Rape Crisis Service (315-797-7740) will accompany you and will assist in managing the process.
- The SAFE can be kept secure at the hospital for 30 days while you decide whether or not you wish to prosecute. The police will be called only if you wish to seek prosecution.
- The hospital will never refuse services, but is required to bill your insurance company. The New York State Crime Victims Board will reimburse medical expenses, counseling services, and damage to personal property if you choose to pursue criminal prosecution.
Report to the College’s Title IX Coordinator
Speak with Catherine Berryman, Director of Community Standards (Title IX Coordinator) to discuss on- and off-campus resources for support and receive information about pursuing a formal complaint through College procedures.
- Conversations will be kept as private as possible. The Title IX coordinator may be required to take some form of action in order to prevent further acts from occurring on Hamilton’s campus. See the Hamilton Sexual Misconduct Policy (Article VII, Section B) for more details.
Pursue a Criminal Complaint
Filing a police report does not obligate you to follow through with legal action but it does preserve physical evidence. This process can happen simultaneously with filing a complaint with the College.
- Contact Campus Safety at 315-859-4141 or the Title IX coordinator at 315-859-4020 to arrange a meeting with the New York State Police or the Oneida County Sheriff.
- Contact the New York State Police directly through the Campus Sexual Assault Victim Unit’s 24-hour hotline: 1-844-845-7269.