Sexual Assault Prevention & Response

Sexual Assault

Speak Out & Stand Up:
Sexual Assault

If you are a victim of sexual assault at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, you should:

  1. Get to a safe place

  2. Call 9-1-1 OR

  3. Call campus security, E145 (who will notify the police): 425-739-8224 OR

  4. Contact other campus personnel (who will notify the police):

  • Ruby Hayden, Director of Student Services, W 201D, 425-739-8208

  • Neera Mehta, Counselor, W207O, 425-739-8211

  • Faculty or Staff member that you trust

There is NO medical treatment facility on campus. The nearest Emergency Room is at Evergreen Hospital, located at:

12040 NE 128th St
Kirkland, WA 98034
(between N 120th Ave & N 124th Lane)
Phone: (425) 899-1000

LWIT Security strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a prompt manner; time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. Filing a Police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from Officers.

Filing a Police Report will:

  • Ensure the victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests at no expense to the victim

  • Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally, a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)

  • Ensure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention

When a sexual assault victim contacts LWIT Security:

The victim may choose to have the investigation pursued through the criminal justice system and the campus judicial system, or limit the investigation to just one system. Campus Security, or other specially trained college personnel, will guide the victim through available options, and support the victim in their decisions. Various counseling options are available through LWIT Counseling Services (for students) and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (for employees); other support services include:

24-hour King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: 888-998-6423 or TTY: 206-257-7035

  • Providence in Everett: 425-252-4800

  • National Hotline (gets you connected with your local crisis center): 800-656-4673

  • (the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization

If the victim choses to use the campus judicial system, both the victim and the accused may choose a person who has no formal legal training to accompany them throughout a judicial conduct hearing. Both the victim and the accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the College Sexual Misconduct policy may be suspended or expelled from the College. The College will work with student victims to change their academic schedule after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.