If there is any chance at all that you might want to report a sexual assault, evidence should be collected within 96 hours of the assault. Evidence can be collected at any hospital emergency department. In Syracuse, specially trained nurses, called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), are available at Upstate University Hospital, Upstate University Hospital Community Campus, Crouse Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital 24 hours a day to meet the medical and evidence collection needs of individuals who have been sexually assaulted. A victim advocate can be called to help you get through the medical examination and, if you choose to report the assault to the police, the reporting process.
If you suspect that you might have been given a drug and are considering prosecution, a urine sample should be collected through a hospital emergency department. This type of testing is also available through University Health Services during their office hours; however, testing done through the Health Center cannot be used as evidence for criminal prosecution.
Please know that you can still choose to have an exam done even if you have changed clothing, bathed, showered or douched. If you changed, take the clothing worn at the time of the assault to the hospital in a paper bag, as plastic may destroy important evidence.
Syracuse University Health Services Medical Transport Services (315-443-4566) is available to transport students from on-campus locations to Health Services or a local hospital and back to campus.
If you are concerned about payment of medical expenses related to examination after a sexual assault, the Counseling Center can inform you of available financial assistance.