If you, or someone you know, has attempted suicide and require immediate medical attention, or a suicide attempt is imminent, please call
Hot Lines and Other Emergency/Crisis Numbers
Campus Security: 858-635-4444
San Diego Access and Crisis Line at: 1-888-724-7240, (619) 641-6992 TDD
Rape/Sexual Assault: (858) 272-1767
Adult Abuse Hotline: 1-800-992-6978
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-787-3224 (TTD)
National AIDS Information Hotline: 1-800-342-AIDS
Linea nacional de SIDS (Spanish): 1-800-344-SIDA
TTY-TTD AIDS Hotline: 1-800-AIDS-TTY
CAMPUS PROTOCOL FOR EMERGENCY EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL CRISIS
The intent of this section is to provide basic guidelines for handling emotional/psychological problems or crises.
Crises are categorized into three categories:
Early Stage of Crisis:
A disruptive event has caused significant upset in the person. The person is not a threat to self or others. Common Warning Signs: Acute depression or anxiety, agitation, or shock. The response should be proactive and preventive.
Response: Contact the Designated Campus Safety Officer (extension 4444 from campus telephones). Contact Dr. Lucille Pascale, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Center on the San Diego/Scripps Ranch campus at (858) 635-4745 or (619) 992-1648. Stay with person until help comes.
Person is becoming dysfunctional and is unable to resolve crisis. There may be a concern, though no clear-cut evidence, that person is a threat to self or others.
(Note: some campus telephones require you to dial “9” first to access an outside line) immediately. Contact the Designated Campus Safety Officer. Contact Dr. Lucille Pascale, Director of Counseling Services at the San Diego/Scripps Ranch campus at (858) 635-4745 or (619) 992-1648. Stay with person until help comes. If Dr. Pascale cannot be reached, or if you are unsure as to how to respond, contact The San Diego County Access and Crisis Line by dialing 1-888-724-7240 or dial 911.
Person is unable to function, is in need of immediate attention and is a threat to self or others.
Response: Call 911 (Note: some campus telephones require you to dial “9” first to access an outside line) immediately. Contact the Designated Campus Safety Officer. Stay with person until help comes. (San Diego only) If the person is a campus resident, notify Resident Advisor (858) 337-7447.
The person(s) involved in contacting emergency staff is/are responsible for conveying information only to that staff person. Information is confidential and is not to be discussed unless specific people need to be warned. Communicate about the general situation to the University Community as necessary. (San Diego only) The Counseling Director will conduct necessary follow-up and if needed, will be assisted by the Director of the Wellness Center. If follow-up information is needed for academics or residential life, the Counseling Director will provide professional recommendations based on recommendations of the physician. Such information will be given to the Vice President for Administration and General Counsel.
Walk-In Crisis Services
The Alliant International University Counseling Center on the San Diego campus provides emergency and crisis services to degree seeking Alliant students from the San Diego location. If you are not in immediate crisis, you may stop in or call the counseling center to make an initial appointment. The counseling center is usually able to accommodate initial appointments within a week, depending on the student schedule and the counseling center schedule. If you are in an emergency/crisis situation and you feel you need to be seen immediately you may walk into the counseling center between the hours of 10am-6pm, Monday through Thursday and be seen by a crisis counselor. So that we may best meet your needs, it would be best to call ahead if possible. The number is 858-635-4481. Please tell the receptionist that you are in crisis and that you need to be seen immediately.
After Hours Urgent Crisis Services
If you are in need of crisis counseling outside of the counseling center hours of operation please call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at: 1-888-724-7240, (619) 641-6992 TDD. If you are in need of medical assistance please call 911.
Examples of Urgent Crises:
unable to stop crying
thoughts of hurting yourself
thoughts of hurting other people
have not eaten in a few days (not due to illness)
have not slept in a few days (not due to illness)
unable to go to classes or perform daily activities (not due to illness)
recent victim of sexual or physical assault
Please note that Alliant crisis services are not available when the University is closed during Winter and Summer breaks. If you are experiencing a crisis at that time, please call the San Diego access and Crisis Line at: 1-888-724-7240, (619) 641-6992 TDD. If you are in need of emergency medical assistance at that time, please call 911.
Rape and Sexual Assault
What is Sexual Assault?
“Sexual Assault” is a term which covers a range of crimes, including rape. As defined under California law, “rape” is non-consensual sexual intercourse that involves the use of threat of force, violence, or immediate and unlawful bodily injury or threats of future retaliation and duress. Sexual intercourse is considered non-consensual and, therefore, rape when the person is incapable of giving consent because s/he is incapacitated from alcohol and/or drugs, or if a mental disorder or developmental or physical disability renders the victim incapable of giving consent. The legal definition of rape does not depend on whether the accused is a stranger, acquaintance, spouse, or friend. Beside rape, other acts of sexual assault include forced anal intercourse, forced oral copulation, penetration of the anal or vaginal area with a foreign object, and forcibly touching an intimate part of another person. Men as well as women can be victims of these other forms of sexual assault.
Important Information about Sexual Assault:
It is never the victim’s fault.
A survivor’s behavior is irrelevant, including his/her dress. No one deserves or provokes sexual assault no matter what.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted during their college years.
Recent statistics indicate that 10% of sexual assault victims are men.
Sexual assault is not an action of love. It is a crime of dominance, control, and power.
Sexual assault is a violent and aggressive act-not a sexual act.
Using alcohol or drugs does is not an acceptable rationale for sexual assault.
Submission out of fear is not consent, and does not imply complicity on the part of the survivor.
It is common for the human body to react to stimulation, even during sexual assault. This is a biological reaction from your body and does not imply that the victim enjoyed or desired the assault.
A survivor of acquaintance or date rape is as much a survivor as someone assaulted by an unknown person.
Survivors may experience many after effects as a result of sexual assault, and individual thoughts and feelings about the assault may vary.
What to Do if You are Assaulted
Rape and Sexual Assault Emergency Contact Information:
If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please contact 24-hours a day/7 days a week:
Emergency Services by dialing 911
Alliant Security (if incident occurred on campus) at 858-635-4444
Rape and Crisis Hotline: 1-888-385-4657
If the assault occurred recently:
Go to a safe place.
Avoid washing, douching, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes. While this may be difficult, preserving any evidence is important in the event that you decide to report the assault to the police.
Seek medical attention at an Emergency Room nearby where the staff are specially trained and equipped to handle cases of sexual assault.
Call someone. No matter what time it is you should not be alone. If it is between the hours of 10am-6pm Monday through Thursday you may call the Alliant Counseling Center at 858-635-4481. If it is after those hours please call the City of San Diego’s Rape and Crisis Hotline listed below.
Rape Crisis Center- City of San Diego
24-Hour Toll Free Crisis Line: 1-888-DVLINKS (385-4657)
Coastal Location: 858-272-5777
La Mesa Location: 619-697-7477
North County Location: 760-747-6282
The City of San Diego has a Rape Crisis Center, which provides services for survivors of sexual assault. All services are free and confidential. Contact the Rape Crisis Center outside of Alliant University Counseling Center’s hours of operation.
Consider reporting the assault. You may report the assault to the University or to local police. Going to the hospital to seek medical attention does not obligate you to report the crime.
It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, ideally within 96 hours of the sexual assault. Emergency Room staff will contact the police when they treat sexual assault victims. The police will ask you if you’d like to file a report, but this is your decision. You do not need to speak to the police if you do not wish to do so. Filing a report does not obligate you to follow through with pressing charges. Also, an anonymous exam may be performed, and evidence collected will be held for a 90-day period, giving you time to decide whether or not to file a police report. After 90 days, all evidence will be destroyed.
If more than 96 hours have passed since the assault:
Seek medical attention to address any injuries or symptoms related to the assault. It is strongly encouraged that the victims of a sexual assault seek counseling as soon as possible. Please contact the University Counseling Center. If you do not wish to receive counseling at the University the staff will provide you with a list of resources in the community.
Most importantly, you need to know the sexual assault was not your fault, and you are not alone.
HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Let her/him know you believe that she/he has been hurt.
Listen to her/his story with empathy.
Provide comfort, (for example: ask if there is anything you can do to help at the moment?).
Let her/him know that s/he was not at fault.
Let her/him know that you want to ensure that s/he feels safe that day and evening.
Suggest to her/him that she/he contact necessary professionals, (i.e., medical, psychological).
Help her/him organize and clarify her/his thoughts but let her/him make the decisions.
If you are struggling with anger, talk to someone about it, and avoid inadvertently taking it out on the victim
If you are a friend, family member, spouse, or boyfriend/girlfriend of a victim of sexual assault the Counseling Center is here to help you as well. In order to receive services you must be an enrolled student or employee of the University but the center will provide you referrals to the community for those who are not eligible for counseling.
Reporting a Sexual Assault
Many times students fear that reporting a sexual assault may affect their academic standing with the school with relation to alcohol or drug consumption. It is important that you know Alliant International University will not take any action toward any reporter of sexual assault with regard to potential wrongdoing. The universities paramount concern is that the victim seeks and attains the necessary help.
It is strongly encouraged that any victim of sexual assault considers reporting the incident to the police. Please call the San Diego Police: The SDPD's 24-hour number for non-emergency calls and general information is (619) 531-2000. (If you reside within the (858) area code, please call (858) 484-3154.) For emergencies, call 911.