Sexual Assault Nurse Examination

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UT Dallas students/faculty/staff who have experienced a sexual assault may choose to access a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the Student Health Center (SHC) at no charge. The exam is offered through a partnership with The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center. Someone from The Turning Point will complete the exam in the SHC during business hours, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you are in need of an exam outside of SHC hours, call The Turning Point to arrange a time.

Choosing to have a SANE does not mean you have to report the assault to law enforcement. The exam can only occur within the first 120 hours (five days) after a sexual assault with police involvement and 96 hours (four days) without police involvement. The non-report option preserves the evidence for two years, during which time a survivor can make the decision about whether or not to report the assault to law enforcement.

If you choose to have a SANE at the SHC, nothing about the assault or exam will be added to your health record unless there is a need for you to see a SHC provider due to a physical injury, in which case your privacy is protected by state and federal laws. Due to legal requirements, a report will be submitted to the university containing anonymous, non-identifying information about the assault. This is not the same as informing or filing a report with the police.

If you are uncertain whether or not to pursue a SANE, consider the following support options:

  • The Turning Point Hotline (available 24/7): 800-886-7273.
  • 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 972-641-7273.
  • Student Health Center Nurse Advice Line (available 24/7): 972-883-2747.
  • Student Counseling Center: 972-883-2575. Students who inform the Student Counseling Center they have been sexually assaulted within the last two weeks will be seen promptly for a crisis consultation.

Preparing for a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam

Your exam will be provided by a qualified nurse who will meet with you before the exam to discuss the process. You have the right to have an advocate present during the exam. The advocate is there to support you, provide resources and help explain your options. What you say to the advocate is confidential.

If possible, do not change clothes, shower, brush your teeth, eat or drink, or use the bathroom until after your exam. If you have already done any of these things, it's okay, you can still have the exam.

The exam may include:

  • Medical care.
  • Medicines to prevent infection and/or pregnancy.
  • Discussion about the assault.
  • Examination for and photography of injuries.
  • Skin swabs.
  • Clothing collection.
  • Blood and urine samples.

If there is any part of the exam you are uncomfortable with, you can skip it.

After the exam, you will receive information about follow-up care and who to call with questions.

To File a Report

With the university:

Title IX Office
Director, Title IX Initiatives
Marco Mendoza
Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
2.720 Synergy Park North, 3000 Waterview Pkwy

With the police:

Regardless of whether or not the alleged perpetrator was a UTD student at the time of the incident, you may choose to file a report with the police. If you decide to move forward with making a report to the police, it is important to note that police jurisdictions depend on where the sexual assault occurred.

If the incident occurred on the UTD campus, a report may be filed with the UTD Police Department (UTDPD) by calling 972-883-2222 or visiting UTDPD headquarters at the northeast corner of campus.

If the incident occurred in Richardson but off campus, a report can be filed with the Richardson Police Department by dialing 911, regardless of how long ago the assault happened. Upon calling, a uniformed officer will be dispatched to your location to take the written report.

If the incident occurred in another city, the local police department that has jurisdiction over that area will need to be contacted. Call 911 for assistance and you will be directed to the correct police department.

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