Safety Mission:

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for the faculty, staff, and students. BCOM maintains a safe environment by providing the necessary resources for all that are a part of it, and encouraging everyone to follow proper safety procedures. A safe and secure environment will allow faculty, staff, and students to focus on learning and growing as a community.

This report contains information regarding safety and security programs, policies, and procedures in place at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. It complies with the requirements established by 20 USC 1092, also known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as well as the requirements imposed by the amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Only crime statistics from August 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 required by this Act are included in this report as the College began classes Fall of 2016. BCOM as well as the NMSU Police Department are the agencies with primary responsibility for the collection of data for this report, though it relies on many other departments and agencies for assistance.

Read the Full Report Here

When there are major incidents or emergencies that affect a large number of people and that present an immediate threat to health or safety, BCOM as well as NMSU will issue advisories, alerts, or warnings as appropriate and as long as doing so will not impede the public safety response or further endanger lives.

An emergency alert is used when there is immediate danger, while a timely warning is used when there is an ongoing situation or crime trend that may pose a danger, but is not immediately dangerous. Advisories that are not involving an immediate danger may be sent out via e-mail or news media, while those involving immediate danger are usually sent out using the Informacast and/or NMSU Emergency Notification System (ENS). Participation in the Informacast ENS is mandatory for all students and employees at BCOM, with e-mail being the default notification. In order to receive text messages and phone calls, the student or employee must register the appropriate contact information with the IT Department.

Sigh Up for the ENS 

Any report of a missing person is immediately investigated by the NMSU Police Department. There is no 24-hour waiting period, and attempts to locate the person will include contacting surrounding law enforcement agencies, notifying the missing person’s designated contact(s), notifying parents or guardians if the missing person is less than 18 years of age, contacting known family members and friends, and posting of bulletins and news releases. In addition, the Police Department will notify appropriate BCOM officials that a person is missing.

When a BCOM student is provided a Banner ID via NMSU, they are asked to provide Emergency Contact Information, and this confidential information is used by the Police Department and BCOM Officials in contacting family and/or friends.

Set up or adjust Emergency Contacts here.

BCOM is committed to maintaining and fostering a learning environment free from discrimination based on sex in accordance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities that are federally funded.  Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and will not be tolerated.  Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and/or dating violence.

The principles of Title IX is that an institution may not exclude, separate, deny benefits of any kind to, or otherwise treat differently an person on the basis of sex.  It protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and all other persons from all forms of sex discrimination.  The commitment to non-discrimination applies to both employment in and admission to such program and activities.  Title IX also applies to issues of program equity such as in student organizations.

More about Title IX and BCOM’s Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Hearing Procedures as well as the VAWA Reauthorization Act may be found here.

The issue of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct is at the forefront of universities nationwide. BCOM specifically prohibits sexual misconduct and will assist victims in seeking counseling (available either through the NMSU Counseling Center, BCOM, or several off-campus organizations), obtaining medical treatment (available through the Campus Health Center and local hospitals), changing room assignments, making academic changes, and in any other way possible, including criminal prosecution through the District Attorney’s Office (if the victim so desires).

Students, faculty and staff, and visitors are reminded that they can contact the NMSU Police Department for assistance at any time, and do not have to file an official police report in order to be helped. If a report is filed with the NMSU Police Department, it will be fully investigated with the findings being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial decisions. (NOTE: The state statutes related to sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and other crimes can be found in Section 4 of the 2017 Safety and Security Report.)

BCOM prohibits sexual misconduct by students and employees. This includes forced sexual contact and forced sexual penetration. Also prohibited is any sexual harassment, such as requiring a person to engage in sexual conduct or activities in exchange for a grade, payment, or similar benefits.

BCOM requires all employees and students to complete training on an annual basis regarding sexual misconduct. Additional information and training programs beyond this initial training are available through the NMSU Counseling Center, the BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor in the Office of Student Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator, and the NMSU Police Department. Contact information for each of these can be found in the Resources and Numbers tab.

NMSU investigates reported sexual misconduct (including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking) through the Title IX Coordinator (the disciplinary investigation), as well as through the appropriate law enforcement agencies (the criminal investigation). During the NMSU disciplinary investigations, a preponderance of the evidence standard is used. During disciplinary proceedings, both the victim and the accused have the right to have another person present, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of the person’s choice. The findings of Title IX disciplinary investigations will be sent to the President’s Office to determine if violations have taken place, and if so, then referred to The Student Ethics and Honor Committee (for students) or Human Resources (for employees) for appropriate action to be taken based on the circumstances of the individual incident.

For students, this can result in any of the following sanctions based on the severity of the offense: expulsion from NMSU housing; mandatory completion of an education program; completion of mandatory counseling; suspension; or dismissal and ban from both the BCOM and NMSU campuses.

For employees, the possible sanctions are: documented counseling (for minor offenses); written reprimand (for minor offenses); suspension; or termination.

More information regarding student misconduct and hearing procedures can be found at:
BCOM Misconduct and Hearing Procedures

Sexual misconduct often overlaps with crimes of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. As a result, sexual misconduct cases may be handled both by BCOM for policy violations, as well as by law enforcement for criminal violations. Each system has its own processes and standards. In addition, there are differences between federal definitions used to report violations of college policies, and state statutes used to prosecute offenders in the criminal justice system.

In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct as well as the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence occurring among its students, the College utilizes a range of training and initiatives to provide awareness, educational, risk reduction and prevention programming. Educational programs are offered to raise awareness for all incoming students and employees, and are conducted during new student and new employee orientation and throughout an incoming student’s first semester. These programs and others offered throughout the year include strong messages regarding not just awareness, but also primary prevention (including normative messaging, environmental management and bystander intervention), and discuss institutional policies on sexual misconduct as well as the State of New Mexico definitions of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and consent in reference to sexual activity. Bystander engagement is encouraged through safe and positive intervention techniques and by empowering third-party intervention and prevention such as calling for help, identifying allies, and/or creating distractions.

Read more about this here.

If you are the victim of a crime, whether while on campus or off campus, or experience a fire or medical emergency, you are encouraged to report it immediately by calling 911. For non-emergencies taking place on campus, call (575) 646-3311. When you call, give your name, the location you are calling from, a brief description of what occurred, and whether there is still a danger present (e.g., the person who committed the crime is still present). Prompt reporting and specific information will increase the chances of solving your case.

A police officer will be dispatched to meet with you and obtain all of the necessary information. Here are some guidelines regarding preserving evidence while you wait for an officer:
• If evidence from the crime is still intact, try not to move or destroy it. This includes avoiding trying to clean up the area, moving or throwing away items, or wiping down surfaces.
• If there are text messages, e-mails, voice mails, or other electronic evidence, preserve the original (if possible) or make a copy (if the original might be deleted, such as with Snapchat and similar programs) and provide this evidence to the police officer who responds;
• If you are being harassed or stalked, keep a log of any contact or sightings you have of the suspect, to include any third-party contacts where the suspect uses someone else to contact you or monitor your activities;
• If you are the victim of a sexual assault, avoid showering, changing clothes, or grooming, as these can destroy evidence. Protect any bedding or towels, clothes you were wearing, or other items where evidence may have been left.

If possible, avoid the use of the bathroom, and consider getting a SANE Exam (described below) as soon as possible to identify and collect evidence that may be on your body. The first few hours are the most critical, but useful evidence can still be obtained 24 hours or more after some sexual assaults.

• If you chose to not report the crime immediately to police, you are still encouraged to write down as much as you can remember (when you are able to) so that if you decide to report at a later time, you will have something to remind you of critical details. Try to include as many details about what happened, as well as everything you can remember about the suspect. Include things you saw, heard, and even smelled, tasted, or felt. Also try to write down things like other people who were around and might be witnesses, locations where different things happened, and Even if you do not wish to file a police report right away, you may wish to preserve evidence using the above steps in case you later decide to contact police. This can help protect evidence that might assist later in the identification and/or prosecution of the person responsible for the crime. This can also preserve evidence you might want to use during an administrative hearing or civil lawsuit, should you choose either of those options.

Many students worry about reporting crimes to the police because they do not want to testify in a trial. Victims are nevertheless encouraged to at least contact the Las Cruces or the NMSU Police Department(s) so they can be made aware of other services (counseling services, medical treatment, etc.) that might lessen the trauma of the incident. If the victim does not wish to pursue criminal charges, their wishes will be respected.

Some of the most frequently accessed services include:
• SANE Exam: This is available through the La Piñon Rape Crisis Center, and is a medical exam that is designed to identify damage to your body as a result of a sexual assault so it can be treated. In addition, evidence of sexual assault can be identified and collected during this exam. These exams are confidential, and are conducted by specially trained medical practitioners. You also have a right to have someone of your choosing with you during these exams. If you would like, a victim services advocate can accompany you and help with any questions you might have.
• Counseling: This service is available for students through the NMSU Counseling Center and the BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor located in the Office of Student Affairs, as well as a number of off-campus entities. Neither BCOM or the NMSU Counseling Center issues a charge to students for services, and all services are confidential.
• Medical: In addition to the SANE exam, medical services are available on campus through the Campus Health Center. In addition, there are two medical centers in Las Cruces, and a large number of urgent care centers and clinics in the area. The medical centers have 24-hour emergency departments, and many of the urgent care centers and clinics have hours that extend into the evenings and on weekends.
• Protection Orders: While certain BCOM officials can issue a “no contact” order against students or employees, such orders only apply on campus, and may only be helpful if the perpetrator of the crime is a student or employee. The NMSU Police Department’s Victim Services staff can assist victims of violence in obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders from the state courts that will apply no matter where you might be, and no matter who the offender is. Victim services units with other police departments offer similar assistance.
• Victim Services: This is a unit that operates out of the NMSU Police Department, and is staffed with a coordinator and advocates who can assist with connecting to any of the above resources, making housing changes, getting protective orders through the courts, obtaining emergency food and shelter, etc. As mentioned above, victims do not need to file a police report in order to receive assistance from the Victim Services unit.

Any BCOM employees who are approached by a person who has been the victim of a sexual assault or other crime on either the BCOM or NMSU campus are required to assist the person in notifying the police department.

Read more about this here.

In the event that sexual misconduct, gender-based violence or the crimes of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence occur, the College takes the matter very seriously. The NMSU Police Department investigates all crimes reported to have taken place on the BCOM, Las Cruces and DACC Espina campuses, including crimes involving these categories. However, students can also file (or file in lieu of a criminal report) an administrative report/complaint with the College for incidents involving dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Vanessa Richardson at (575) 674-2396.

When a report comes in regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, it is reviewed to determine if the incident recorded is or could be a violation of Title IX. If a violation of Title IX is possible, the complaint is investigated. At the conclusion of the investigation, a Finding of Facts is written and submitted to Office of the President and CAO to determine the next course of action.
If it is determined that a violation occurred and the respondent is a student, the student has a right to a hearing. Both the accuser and accused are allowed to have someone present with them at any meeting, investigation, or hearing related to the incident. The accused and accuser receive a copy of these rights when they attend a meeting (separately) to discuss how the conduct process works.

The College may employ interim protection measures such as interim suspension and/or no contact orders in any case where a student’s or employee’s behavior represents a risk of violence, threat, pattern or predation. A student wishing to officially report such an incident to BCOM may do so by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Vanessa Richardson at (575) 674-2396.

The student may also report to NMSU Police or other law enforcement if they wish to pursue criminal charges. NMSU employees with knowledge about sexual misconduct or gender-based violence or the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence are encouraged to report it immediately.

For offenses including sexual misconduct or other gender based violence, which typically include the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and stalking, sanctions against student offenders range from warnings through expulsion.

Serious and violent incidents and acts of sexual offenses by employees usually result in suspension, expulsion or termination of employment.

Procedurally, if the NMSU Police Department were to receive a report of sexual misconduct, genderbased violence, or other sex or gender discrimination the BCOM Title IX Coordinator will be notified. If the victim wishes to access local community agencies and/or law enforcement for support, the College will assist the victim in making these contacts.

The Title IX Coordinator will offer assistance to victims in the form of interim or long-terms measures such as opportunities for academic accommodations, changes in housing at NMSU, for the victim or the responding student, campus escorts, transportation assistance, targeted interventions, etc.). If the victim so desires, they will be connected with a counselor on- or off-campus, as well as an on-or off-campus victim’s advocate. No victim is required to take advantage of these services and resources, but the College will provide them in the hopes of offering help and support without condition or qualification. A summary of rights, options, supports and procedures is provided to all victims, whether they are a student, employee, guest or visitor by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee).

In any complaint of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence or other sex or gender-based discrimination covered under the federal law, Title IX, the person bringing the accusation and the responding party are entitled to the same opportunities for a support person or advisor of their choice throughout the process, including any meeting, conference, hearing or other procedural action. Once complete, the parties will be informed, in writing, of the outcome, including the finding, the sanctions (if any). Delivery of this outcome will be issued to the parties, and will occur at the same time and utilizing the same method of delivery. All parties will be informed of the College’s appeal processes, and their rights to exercise a request for appeal. Should any change in outcome occur prior to finalization, all parties will be timely informed in writing, and will be notified when the results of the resolution process become final.

To read all of BCOM’s Policies and Procedures

For more about Title IX and Resources 

On Campus:

NMSU Police Department EMERGENCY | 911
Non-emergency | 575-646-3311
NMSU Fire Department Non-emergency | 575-646-2519
BCOM Security | 575-674-2299
BCOM Assistant VP for Administration | 575-674-2391
BCOM Director of Student Affairs | 575-520-5173
BCOM Title IX Coordinator | 575-674-2396
BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor | 575-674-2228
NMSU Campus Health Center | 575-646-1512
NMSU Department of Housing and Residence Life | 575-646-3202
WAVE Program | 575-646-2813
Crimson Cab | 575-526-TAXI
ASNMSU Pete’s Pickup (Safe Walk Service) | 575-646-1111
La Piñon Rape Crisis Center | 575-526-3427
La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter | 575-526-2819
Domestic Violence Hotline | 800-376-2272

Off-Campus Law Enforcement Agencies:

Las Cruces Police Department | 575-528-4200
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office | 575-526-0795
Mesilla Marshal’s Office | 575-525-8220
Sunland Park Police Department | 575-589-6600
New Mexico State Police | 575-382-2500
Federal Bureau of Investigation | 575-526-2351
Drug Enforcement Administration | 575-526-0700
US Marshals Service | 575-527-6850
US Customs and Border Protection | 575-528-6600

BCOM COUNSELING CENTER

BCOM offers counseling services free of charge to students at the Office of Student Affairs. BCOM employs a well-credentialed part time Health and Wellness Counselor that can help students with a wide range of issues. Students interested can schedule an appointment with the BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor at 575-993-5720. When a victim of sexual assault, harassment, dating violence or domestic violence come to BCOM counseling services, the student receives materials to take away with them after the visit. The materials include contact information to both campus and community resources. On campus resources include: the NMSU Campus Health Center, BCOM Office of Compliance, NMSU Housing & Residential Life; NMSU Pete’s Pick Up’, NMSU Police, 7Cups Online emotional support system, and NMSU Wellness, Alcohol Violence and Education (W.A.V.E.). Community resources include: La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter, La Piñon Rape Crisis Center, Las Cruces Police Department, Memorial Medical Center, Mountain View Regional Medical Center and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office’s Victim Assistance Unit. The victim is given phone numbers and addresses of these services and offered assistance with reaching these services.

For more Student Resources, click here.

BCOM Cares Resources can be found here.

BCOM Emergency Procedures Pamphlet 

2017 Safety and Security Report

This report contains information regarding safety and security programs, policies, and procedures in place at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. It complies with the requirements established by 20 USC 1092, also known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as well as the requirements imposed by the amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Only crime statistics from August 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 required by this Act are included in this report as the College began classes Fall of 2016. BCOM as well as the NMSU Police Department are the agencies with primary responsibility for the collection of data for this report, though it relies on many other departments and agencies for assistance.

Read the Full Report Here

Emergency Notification

When there are major incidents or emergencies that affect a large number of people and that present an immediate threat to health or safety, BCOM as well as NMSU will issue advisories, alerts, or warnings as appropriate and as long as doing so will not impede the public safety response or further endanger lives.

An emergency alert is used when there is immediate danger, while a timely warning is used when there is an ongoing situation or crime trend that may pose a danger, but is not immediately dangerous. Advisories that are not involving an immediate danger may be sent out via e-mail or news media, while those involving immediate danger are usually sent out using the Informacast and/or NMSU Emergency Notification System (ENS). Participation in the Informacast ENS is mandatory for all students and employees at BCOM, with e-mail being the default notification. In order to receive text messages and phone calls, the student or employee must register the appropriate contact information with the IT Department.

Sigh Up for the ENS 

Missing Person

Any report of a missing person is immediately investigated by the NMSU Police Department. There is no 24-hour waiting period, and attempts to locate the person will include contacting surrounding law enforcement agencies, notifying the missing person’s designated contact(s), notifying parents or guardians if the missing person is less than 18 years of age, contacting known family members and friends, and posting of bulletins and news releases. In addition, the Police Department will notify appropriate BCOM officials that a person is missing.

When a BCOM student is provided a Banner ID via NMSU, they are asked to provide Emergency Contact Information, and this confidential information is used by the Police Department and BCOM Officials in contacting family and/or friends.

Set up or adjust Emergency Contacts here.

Title IX

BCOM is committed to maintaining and fostering a learning environment free from discrimination based on sex in accordance with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities that are federally funded.  Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination and will not be tolerated.  Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and/or dating violence.

The principles of Title IX is that an institution may not exclude, separate, deny benefits of any kind to, or otherwise treat differently an person on the basis of sex.  It protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and all other persons from all forms of sex discrimination.  The commitment to non-discrimination applies to both employment in and admission to such program and activities.  Title IX also applies to issues of program equity such as in student organizations.

More about Title IX and BCOM’s Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Hearing Procedures as well as the VAWA Reauthorization Act may be found here.

Evacuation Map
Sexual Assault, Harassment, Misconduct, and Stalking

The issue of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct is at the forefront of universities nationwide. BCOM specifically prohibits sexual misconduct and will assist victims in seeking counseling (available either through the NMSU Counseling Center, BCOM, or several off-campus organizations), obtaining medical treatment (available through the Campus Health Center and local hospitals), changing room assignments, making academic changes, and in any other way possible, including criminal prosecution through the District Attorney’s Office (if the victim so desires).

Students, faculty and staff, and visitors are reminded that they can contact the NMSU Police Department for assistance at any time, and do not have to file an official police report in order to be helped. If a report is filed with the NMSU Police Department, it will be fully investigated with the findings being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial decisions. (NOTE: The state statutes related to sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and other crimes can be found in Section 4 of the 2017 Safety and Security Report.)

BCOM prohibits sexual misconduct by students and employees. This includes forced sexual contact and forced sexual penetration. Also prohibited is any sexual harassment, such as requiring a person to engage in sexual conduct or activities in exchange for a grade, payment, or similar benefits.

BCOM requires all employees and students to complete training on an annual basis regarding sexual misconduct. Additional information and training programs beyond this initial training are available through the NMSU Counseling Center, the BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor in the Office of Student Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator, and the NMSU Police Department. Contact information for each of these can be found in the Resources and Numbers tab.

NMSU investigates reported sexual misconduct (including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking) through the Title IX Coordinator (the disciplinary investigation), as well as through the appropriate law enforcement agencies (the criminal investigation). During the NMSU disciplinary investigations, a preponderance of the evidence standard is used. During disciplinary proceedings, both the victim and the accused have the right to have another person present, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of the person’s choice. The findings of Title IX disciplinary investigations will be sent to the President’s Office to determine if violations have taken place, and if so, then referred to The Student Ethics and Honor Committee (for students) or Human Resources (for employees) for appropriate action to be taken based on the circumstances of the individual incident.

For students, this can result in any of the following sanctions based on the severity of the offense: expulsion from NMSU housing; mandatory completion of an education program; completion of mandatory counseling; suspension; or dismissal and ban from both the BCOM and NMSU campuses.

For employees, the possible sanctions are: documented counseling (for minor offenses); written reprimand (for minor offenses); suspension; or termination.

More information regarding student misconduct and hearing procedures can be found at:
BCOM Misconduct and Hearing Procedures

Sexual misconduct often overlaps with crimes of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. As a result, sexual misconduct cases may be handled both by BCOM for policy violations, as well as by law enforcement for criminal violations. Each system has its own processes and standards. In addition, there are differences between federal definitions used to report violations of college policies, and state statutes used to prosecute offenders in the criminal justice system.

In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct as well as the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence occurring among its students, the College utilizes a range of training and initiatives to provide awareness, educational, risk reduction and prevention programming. Educational programs are offered to raise awareness for all incoming students and employees, and are conducted during new student and new employee orientation and throughout an incoming student’s first semester. These programs and others offered throughout the year include strong messages regarding not just awareness, but also primary prevention (including normative messaging, environmental management and bystander intervention), and discuss institutional policies on sexual misconduct as well as the State of New Mexico definitions of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and consent in reference to sexual activity. Bystander engagement is encouraged through safe and positive intervention techniques and by empowering third-party intervention and prevention such as calling for help, identifying allies, and/or creating distractions.

Read more about this here.

If you are the Victim of a Crime

If you are the victim of a crime, whether while on campus or off campus, or experience a fire or medical emergency, you are encouraged to report it immediately by calling 911. For non-emergencies taking place on campus, call (575) 646-3311. When you call, give your name, the location you are calling from, a brief description of what occurred, and whether there is still a danger present (e.g., the person who committed the crime is still present). Prompt reporting and specific information will increase the chances of solving your case.

A police officer will be dispatched to meet with you and obtain all of the necessary information. Here are some guidelines regarding preserving evidence while you wait for an officer:
• If evidence from the crime is still intact, try not to move or destroy it. This includes avoiding trying to clean up the area, moving or throwing away items, or wiping down surfaces.
• If there are text messages, e-mails, voice mails, or other electronic evidence, preserve the original (if possible) or make a copy (if the original might be deleted, such as with Snapchat and similar programs) and provide this evidence to the police officer who responds;
• If you are being harassed or stalked, keep a log of any contact or sightings you have of the suspect, to include any third-party contacts where the suspect uses someone else to contact you or monitor your activities;
• If you are the victim of a sexual assault, avoid showering, changing clothes, or grooming, as these can destroy evidence. Protect any bedding or towels, clothes you were wearing, or other items where evidence may have been left.

If possible, avoid the use of the bathroom, and consider getting a SANE Exam (described below) as soon as possible to identify and collect evidence that may be on your body. The first few hours are the most critical, but useful evidence can still be obtained 24 hours or more after some sexual assaults.

• If you chose to not report the crime immediately to police, you are still encouraged to write down as much as you can remember (when you are able to) so that if you decide to report at a later time, you will have something to remind you of critical details. Try to include as many details about what happened, as well as everything you can remember about the suspect. Include things you saw, heard, and even smelled, tasted, or felt. Also try to write down things like other people who were around and might be witnesses, locations where different things happened, and Even if you do not wish to file a police report right away, you may wish to preserve evidence using the above steps in case you later decide to contact police. This can help protect evidence that might assist later in the identification and/or prosecution of the person responsible for the crime. This can also preserve evidence you might want to use during an administrative hearing or civil lawsuit, should you choose either of those options.

Many students worry about reporting crimes to the police because they do not want to testify in a trial. Victims are nevertheless encouraged to at least contact the Las Cruces or the NMSU Police Department(s) so they can be made aware of other services (counseling services, medical treatment, etc.) that might lessen the trauma of the incident. If the victim does not wish to pursue criminal charges, their wishes will be respected.

Some of the most frequently accessed services include:
• SANE Exam: This is available through the La Piñon Rape Crisis Center, and is a medical exam that is designed to identify damage to your body as a result of a sexual assault so it can be treated. In addition, evidence of sexual assault can be identified and collected during this exam. These exams are confidential, and are conducted by specially trained medical practitioners. You also have a right to have someone of your choosing with you during these exams. If you would like, a victim services advocate can accompany you and help with any questions you might have.
• Counseling: This service is available for students through the NMSU Counseling Center and the BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor located in the Office of Student Affairs, as well as a number of off-campus entities. Neither BCOM or the NMSU Counseling Center issues a charge to students for services, and all services are confidential.
• Medical: In addition to the SANE exam, medical services are available on campus through the Campus Health Center. In addition, there are two medical centers in Las Cruces, and a large number of urgent care centers and clinics in the area. The medical centers have 24-hour emergency departments, and many of the urgent care centers and clinics have hours that extend into the evenings and on weekends.
• Protection Orders: While certain BCOM officials can issue a “no contact” order against students or employees, such orders only apply on campus, and may only be helpful if the perpetrator of the crime is a student or employee. The NMSU Police Department’s Victim Services staff can assist victims of violence in obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders from the state courts that will apply no matter where you might be, and no matter who the offender is. Victim services units with other police departments offer similar assistance.
• Victim Services: This is a unit that operates out of the NMSU Police Department, and is staffed with a coordinator and advocates who can assist with connecting to any of the above resources, making housing changes, getting protective orders through the courts, obtaining emergency food and shelter, etc. As mentioned above, victims do not need to file a police report in order to receive assistance from the Victim Services unit.

Any BCOM employees who are approached by a person who has been the victim of a sexual assault or other crime on either the BCOM or NMSU campus are required to assist the person in notifying the police department.

Read more about this here.

Policies of BCOM

In the event that sexual misconduct, gender-based violence or the crimes of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence occur, the College takes the matter very seriously. The NMSU Police Department investigates all crimes reported to have taken place on the BCOM, Las Cruces and DACC Espina campuses, including crimes involving these categories. However, students can also file (or file in lieu of a criminal report) an administrative report/complaint with the College for incidents involving dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Vanessa Richardson at (575) 674-2396.

When a report comes in regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, it is reviewed to determine if the incident recorded is or could be a violation of Title IX. If a violation of Title IX is possible, the complaint is investigated. At the conclusion of the investigation, a Finding of Facts is written and submitted to Office of the President and CAO to determine the next course of action.
If it is determined that a violation occurred and the respondent is a student, the student has a right to a hearing. Both the accuser and accused are allowed to have someone present with them at any meeting, investigation, or hearing related to the incident. The accused and accuser receive a copy of these rights when they attend a meeting (separately) to discuss how the conduct process works.

The College may employ interim protection measures such as interim suspension and/or no contact orders in any case where a student’s or employee’s behavior represents a risk of violence, threat, pattern or predation. A student wishing to officially report such an incident to BCOM may do so by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Vanessa Richardson at (575) 674-2396.

The student may also report to NMSU Police or other law enforcement if they wish to pursue criminal charges. NMSU employees with knowledge about sexual misconduct or gender-based violence or the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence are encouraged to report it immediately.

For offenses including sexual misconduct or other gender based violence, which typically include the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and stalking, sanctions against student offenders range from warnings through expulsion.

Serious and violent incidents and acts of sexual offenses by employees usually result in suspension, expulsion or termination of employment.

Procedurally, if the NMSU Police Department were to receive a report of sexual misconduct, genderbased violence, or other sex or gender discrimination the BCOM Title IX Coordinator will be notified. If the victim wishes to access local community agencies and/or law enforcement for support, the College will assist the victim in making these contacts.

The Title IX Coordinator will offer assistance to victims in the form of interim or long-terms measures such as opportunities for academic accommodations, changes in housing at NMSU, for the victim or the responding student, campus escorts, transportation assistance, targeted interventions, etc.). If the victim so desires, they will be connected with a counselor on- or off-campus, as well as an on-or off-campus victim’s advocate. No victim is required to take advantage of these services and resources, but the College will provide them in the hopes of offering help and support without condition or qualification. A summary of rights, options, supports and procedures is provided to all victims, whether they are a student, employee, guest or visitor by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee).

In any complaint of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence or other sex or gender-based discrimination covered under the federal law, Title IX, the person bringing the accusation and the responding party are entitled to the same opportunities for a support person or advisor of their choice throughout the process, including any meeting, conference, hearing or other procedural action. Once complete, the parties will be informed, in writing, of the outcome, including the finding, the sanctions (if any). Delivery of this outcome will be issued to the parties, and will occur at the same time and utilizing the same method of delivery. All parties will be informed of the College’s appeal processes, and their rights to exercise a request for appeal. Should any change in outcome occur prior to finalization, all parties will be timely informed in writing, and will be notified when the results of the resolution process become final.

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Resources and Numbers

On Campus:

NMSU Police Department EMERGENCY | 911
Non-emergency | 575-646-3311
NMSU Fire Department Non-emergency | 575-646-2519
BCOM Security | 575-674-2299
BCOM Assistant VP for Administration | 575-674-2391
BCOM Director of Student Affairs | 575-520-5173
BCOM Title IX Coordinator | 575-674-2396
BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor | 575-674-2228
NMSU Campus Health Center | 575-646-1512
NMSU Department of Housing and Residence Life | 575-646-3202
WAVE Program | 575-646-2813
Crimson Cab | 575-526-TAXI
ASNMSU Pete’s Pickup (Safe Walk Service) | 575-646-1111
La Piñon Rape Crisis Center | 575-526-3427
La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter | 575-526-2819
Domestic Violence Hotline | 800-376-2272

Off-Campus Law Enforcement Agencies:

Las Cruces Police Department | 575-528-4200
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office | 575-526-0795
Mesilla Marshal’s Office | 575-525-8220
Sunland Park Police Department | 575-589-6600
New Mexico State Police | 575-382-2500
Federal Bureau of Investigation | 575-526-2351
Drug Enforcement Administration | 575-526-0700
US Marshals Service | 575-527-6850
US Customs and Border Protection | 575-528-6600

BCOM COUNSELING CENTER

BCOM offers counseling services free of charge to students at the Office of Student Affairs. BCOM employs a well-credentialed part time Health and Wellness Counselor that can help students with a wide range of issues. Students interested can schedule an appointment with the BCOM Health and Wellness Counselor at 575-993-5720. When a victim of sexual assault, harassment, dating violence or domestic violence come to BCOM counseling services, the student receives materials to take away with them after the visit. The materials include contact information to both campus and community resources. On campus resources include: the NMSU Campus Health Center, BCOM Office of Compliance, NMSU Housing & Residential Life; NMSU Pete’s Pick Up’, NMSU Police, 7Cups Online emotional support system, and NMSU Wellness, Alcohol Violence and Education (W.A.V.E.). Community resources include: La Casa Domestic Violence Shelter, La Piñon Rape Crisis Center, Las Cruces Police Department, Memorial Medical Center, Mountain View Regional Medical Center and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office’s Victim Assistance Unit. The victim is given phone numbers and addresses of these services and offered assistance with reaching these services.

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BCOM Emergency Procedures Pamphlet