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Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Assault Response Team (SART) is an on-call support network for students at
RISD. The goal of SART is to serve as an on-campus resource/advocate for
students who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual
harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct.
defined in RISD’s Code of Student Conduct, sexual misconduct is defined as
“[e]ngaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that
person’s clear, knowing and voluntary consent. For purposes of this provision,
(a) it is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact
or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent, not of the intended recipient
of such contact or conduct to affirmatively deny such consent, and (b) valid
consent cannot be obtained from a person whose ability to make decisions is
obviously substantially impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants or by
mental or physical condition; who is unaware that the sexual contact or conduct
is being committed; or who is compelled or coerced to grant consent by force,
threat of force, deception, or supervisory or disciplinary authority.”
Who is SART?
The SART program is a new on-campus
resource for students who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence,
sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct. It is an on-call support
group for students. The SART are RISD staff and faculty members who have
received training in sexual assault crisis response and advocacy.
SART advocates are available to help
students understand the available options in the event of a sexual assault or
other instance of sexual misconduct and to provide support throughout the
entire process of dealing with it. They are advocates for the students and will
help support students with their decision of how to proceed in the event they
feel they are the victims of sexual misconduct. This includes meeting the
student on campus when the incident occurs, accompanying the student to the
hospital for a Sexual Assault Exam Kit (SAEK) if the student wishes, explaining
the college disciplinary procedures for adjudicating a case on campus, and
going with the student to Public Safety/police if the student wishes to inform
To get in contact with SART please
contact, your Resident Assistant (RA), an
Area Coordinator (AC), a Public Safety (PS) Officer, or a staff member in Student
Affairs at 401 454-6600.
The person on the phone will put you in touch with a SART advocate. All conversations with a SART advocate are confidential
within certain limitations.
to Contact SART
- If you think sexual misconduct has occurred but are
- If you don’t remember what happen the night before
but physically feel like you had intercourse
- If you question whether consent was freely given
- If you are concerned about a friend
- If you have questions about sexual misconduct
Can Help You Contact SART
You may ask your Resident
Assistant (RA), an Area Coordinator (AC), a Public Safety (PS) Officer, or a
staff member in Student Affairs. For further information and other resources,
take a look at the Campus O.N.E. pamphlet available in campus offices.
you should know when you contact a SART Advocate
- Your call will be confidential
within certain limitations.
- The SART member will provide
non-judgmental and professional support, information, and referrals;
explain campus sexual misconduct policies and procedures; be your
advocate; and offer guidance through the entire process.
- You will be able to speak
with a SART member who is trained in sexual assault crisis response and
- Should you prefer to speak specifically
with either a man or a woman, one will be available.
- The SART advocate will come
to campus to meet with you if you wish.
- The SART advocate will help
you decide if you want to go to the hospital and/or public safety/police,
and if so will go with you if you wish.