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Reporting an incident of stalking, harassment, relationship or sexual violence does NOT require you to pursue charges criminal charges or the College's disciplinary process. The legal system and the College's disciplinary process are independent of one another, so you can choose to report to one or both entities. If you are unsure about what you want to do, we encourage you to talk with SAAP, WISE, or a Counselor to understand your options and decide what feels right for you.

Hanover Police Department (HPD):

603-646-2222
911 (for emergencies)

  • A statement filed is independent of a report to the College's Safety & Security
  • As a survivor, you will not be charged for an alcohol violation if you are underage and alcohol was involved
  • You can obtain an emergency, temporary or final protective order that is enforced by the law
  • Safety & Security can provide transportation to HPD
  • SAAP or WISE can accompany you to the police station
  • You can file a report including names or file anonymously 
  • Filing a report with HPD does not mean that you have to pursue criminal charges

Department of Safety & Security (DoSS):

603-646-4000
603-646-3333 (for emergencies)

  • Statement filed is independent of any Hanover Police reports
  • As a survivor, you will not be charged for an alcohol violation if you are underage and alcohol was involved.
  • If the offender is a Dartmouth student, you can obtain a No Contact Order (NCO), which requires both parties to cease all forms of communication, including electronic means and third parties. You can request a No Contact Order through SAAP, your Dean or Safety & Security. A Safety & Security Offices will deliver the NCO to you and the offender. If either party violates the NCO, it can be reported to Safety & Security and the person who violated the NCO can be brought to Judicial Affairs. 
  • SAAP or WISE can accompany you when making a report
  • You can file a report including names or file anonymously
  • Filing a report with Safety & Security does not mean that you have to pursue charges through the College's disciplinary process

 

Pursuing Charges

If you decide to pursue charges, you can do so in the following ways. You can choose to disengage in the process at any time; beginning any process does NOT require that you finish it:

1. Pursue Internal (College) Disciplinary Charges

  • A survivor will not be charged for alcohol violations if they are underage and alcohol was involved
  • Both parties may have advisors present during the hearing
  • Process can last anywhere from a few weeks to much longer, depending on circumstances

2. Pursue Criminal Charges

  • A survivor will not be charged for alcohol violations if they are underage and alcohol was involved
  • Investigation performed by Hanover Police
  • Medical evidence collection is never mandated; however, such evidence is important for the prosecution to bring forth charges
  • Completed investigation report forwarded to Grafton County District Attorney for possible criminal prosecution
  • Any prosecution occurs in criminal courts

3. Pursue both Internal and Criminal Charges

  • Internal and criminal adjudication processes occur independently.

 

Talk with someone

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Program (SAAP):
    603-646-9414 (Department of Student Health Promotion & Wellness)
    Blitz: SAAP or SAPA
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
    Services provided: Staff from SAAP can provide emotional support, help you process the incident, talk with you about your options (medical, emotional, safety, transportation, No Contact Orders, housing, academics, legal, judicial, etc.), connect you with the various resources, accompany you on your visits and support you through any of these processes. SAPAs are Sexual Assault Peer Advisors who are trained to provide emotional support, information, and refer you to resources. SAAP staff work from an empowerment model and believe that a victim/survivor is the expert in their own experiences, needs, choices, and healing. SAAP's philosophy is to empower you to make the best choices for you.

  • Counseling & Human Development (CHD):
    603-646-9442
    Hours: 24/7 *For evenings & weekends call Safety & Security 603-646-3333 and ask for the Counselor-on-Call
    Services provided: If you have experienced harassment, relationship violence, been the victim of stalking behavior, or have been sexually assaulted as a child, an adolescent, or since attending college, talking with someone about the traumatic experience can be very important in beginning the healing process. A counselor at CHD can help you process your experience, guide you in coping with the trauma, and help you consider options and decide what will be most beneficial to healing in your individual situation. We can offer support and information and/or connect you with additional campus and community resources—our goal is to help you make your own informed, empowered decisions. To schedule an appointment, call or stop by CHD in Dick's House.
    • If you need help now--CHD offers 24-hour crisis counseling for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student.
      • During Regular Business Hours: call (603) 646-9442 and ask to speak with the Counselor on-Call or come to CHD on the second floor of Dick's House. Please inform our administrative staff that you have an urgent concern.
      • After Regular Business Hours: the Counselor on-Call can be reached by calling Dick's House Inpatient Department (IPD) at (603) 646-9440 or by calling Safety and Security at (603) 646-3333.
    • CHD clinicians recognizes the importance of privacy and safety as the basis of effective counseling. We do not share information about students seeking help at CHD with anyone without written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and specifically mandated by law and professional ethics. For further information, please see Confidentiality & Release of Information.
  • WISE:
    1-866-348-9473 (24-hour Crisis Hotline)
    Hours: 24/7
    Services provided: WISE is the local sexual assault and domestic violence shelter. They provide a 24-hour confidential crisis hotline that is not affiliated with the College. Advocates can provide emotional support, can help you process the incident, talk with you about your options (medical, legal, housing, orders of protection, etc.), connect you with the various resources, accompany you on your visits and support you through any of these processes. WISE also offers free yoga and a walk-in support group for survivors. WISE staff work from an empowerment model and believe that a victim/survivor is the expert in their own experiences, needs, choices, and healing. WISE's philosophy is to empower you to make the best choices for you.

Last Updated: 6/26/14