Sexual Assault

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is an umbrella term referring to a range of nonconsensual sexual contact, which can occur in many forms including but not limited to rape and sexual battery. Nonconsensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching upon a person, without consent or where the person is incapacitated, and/or by force, by another person or with any object.

Sexual contact includes but is not limited to:

  • Intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals;
  • Touching another with these body parts;
  • Or making another touch the alleged victim or themselves with or on any of these body parts.

What Should You Do If You Have Experienced Sexual Assault?

  • If you are in immediate danger, find a safe environment and seek help by contacting any of the following sources:

    • 911 (Emergency)
    • KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police 470-578-6666
    • Cobb County Police 770-499-3911
    • Paulding County Police 770-443-3010

    If you require immediate medical attention, contact 911. For non-emergency medical attention, seek help by contacting the following sources:

    • WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000
    • WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000
    • WellStar Paulding Hospital 470-644-7000
  • If you have experienced an incident of sexual assault, do your best to preserve the evidence. You may not remember all aspects of the assault, but there may still be evidence. Do not shower, wash, brush your teeth, douche or change your clothes, as valuable evidence could be destroyed if you do. If you change clothes, place all clothing that you wore during the incident into individual paper bags, not plastic.  If you think you were given a drug before or during the assault, try not to urinate before providing any urine samples. If possible, collect any containers from which you drank. These sources of evidence could be important should you decide to file a report and/or press charges. Ideally, this evidence will need to be collected within the first 72 hours after the assault.

  • If you have suffered less serious injuries that do not require immediate medical attention, consider contacting KSU Student Health Services. Any information you provide about a sexual assault will be treated confidentially.  

    KSU Student Health Services

    Kennesaw Campus - House 3215
    3215 Campus Loop Road
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Kennesaw Campus - University Village
    1074 Canton Place NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Marietta Campus - Recreation and Wellness Center
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30060 

    Phone: 470-578-6644

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

    If you require medical attention outside the hours provided by KSU Student Health Services, contact one of the WellStar medical facilities, which operate 24 hours a day. Any information you provide about a sexual assault will be treated confidentially. 

    WellStar Kennestone Hospital
    677 Church Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: 770-793-5000

    WellStar Cobb Hospital
    3950 Austell Road
    Austell, GA 30106
    Phone: 770-732-4000

    WellStar Paulding Hospital
    2518 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway
    Hiram, GA 30141
    Phone: 470-644-7000

    If you prefer to have somebody go with you to receive medical attention, contact one of the following offices to request an escort. Representatives from the Department of Public Safety and University Police will be available to provide you with assistance 24 hours a day. Any information you provide about a sexual assault will not be treated confidentially. Please note that any information you provide to Campus Safety Officers will be shared with administrative officials for university review.

    KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police

    Kennesaw Campus
    351 Paulding Avenue NW
    Public Safety Building 104
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6206

    Marietta Campus
    Norton Residence Hall Ground Floor
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30060

  • Complaints of an alleged incident of sexual assault can be made to a number of KSU offices.  You can also report an alleged incident of sexual assault to the KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police and the Cobb County Police. Please note that all reports of sexual assault to any of these offices will be investigated. These are non-confidential sources. Regardless of where you report, the university will coordinate its investigation.

    A student who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an alleged sexual assault should not be reluctant to seek assistance. Disciplinary violations against a student (or against a witness) for personal use of alcohol or drugs will not be enforced if the student is making a good faith report of an alleged sexual assault.

    No person shall be subject to coercion or reprisal for action taken in good faith to seek advice concerning a sexual misconduct complaint, to file a complaint, or to serve as a witness, panel member, or representative in the investigation of a complaint. Acts or threats of retaliation are a violation of University policy and will be investigated and addressed accordingly.

    For further information on complaints and filing procedures, please see the KSU Sexual Misconduct Policy.

    KSU Office of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator

    The Office of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that KSU complies with all applicable laws and policies regarding discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status.  The office investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.   The office functions as a neutral party in investigating complaints and takes steps to fairly address and resolve such matters.

    Kennesaw Campus
    440 Bartow Avenue NW
    English Building, Suite 202
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-2614
    Email: eeo@kennesaw.edu

    Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

    The Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity handles violations of the KSU Student Code of Conduct.

    Kennesaw Campus
    1074 Canton Place NW
    University Village, Suite 5100
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-3403

    Marietta Campus
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Housing Office
    Marietta, GA 30060

    KSU Department of Public Safety and University Police

    Kennesaw Campus
    351 Paulding Avenue NW
    Public Safety Building 104
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6666

    Marietta Campus
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Norton Residence Hall, Ground Floor
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: 678-915-5555

    Cobb County Police
    Kennesaw Headquarters
    140 North Marietta Parkway
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: 770-499-3911

    Paulding County Police
    247 Industrial Way North
    Dallas, GA 30132
    Phone: 770-443-3010

  • There are numerous on and off campus resources to assist you in deciding what steps to take after a sexual assault has taken place. 

    Below are a list of sources that can be contacted for support and/or counseling.

    Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center

    The KSU Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center serves as a non-confidential source that provides advocacy and support for all members of the KSU community.

    Kennesaw Campus
    585 Cobb Avenue NW
    Kennesaw Hall, Room 3427
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-7858

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

    Counseling and Psychological Services

    The Counseling and Psychological Services Office serves as a confidential source where concerns can be discussed with a counselor in a private setting. Counselors can assist in the healing process by helping students make decisions and solve problems related to personal, social, and educational concerns.

    Kennesaw Campus
    585 Cobb Avenue NW
    Kennesaw Hall, Room 2401
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6600

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

    Marietta Campus
    1100 South Marietta Parkway
    Joe Mack Wilson Student Center, Suite 170
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: 678-915-7391

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

    Office of Victim Services

    The Office of Victim Services serves as a confidential source that provides a safe, private place for individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, domestic violence, and any form of sexual misconduct or violence. A professional victim’s advocate is available to provide emotional support and address immediate needs such as referrals for medical care, discussing options for reporting, and developing safety plans.

    Kennesaw Campus
    1074 Canton Place NW
    University Village, Room 6145
    Kennesaw, GA 30144
    Phone: 470-578-6725

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm (support available after office hours)

    Off Campus Resources

    YWCA of Northwest Georgia-Cobb County

    The YWCA of Northwest Georgia has several support services to help victim-survivors of sexual assault, including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners available 24 hours a day to provide medical forensic examinations for sexual assault victims, a 24-hour crisis line, and counseling and support groups.

    48 Henderson Street Southwest
    Marietta, GA 30064
    Phone: 770-427-3390

    Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

    The Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault provides resources to those in need and education on ways to help bring an end to sexual assault.

    817 West Peachtree Street, Suite 200
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    Phone: (404) 815-5261

    National Resources

    National Sexual Abuse Hotline

    RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

    The National Sexual Abuse Hotline provides victims of sexual violence with free, confidential services 24 hours a day.

    1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

    RAINN Resources Website

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center

    The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides education and resources to prevent sexual violence.

    1-877-739-3895

    Not Alone

    Not Alone is the official United States government website that provides information for finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses.


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