Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence
Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, harassment and stalking.
Sexual assault can threaten a person's safety, well-being, educational experience and career. Temple University will not tolerate sexual assault. The university seeks to achieve an environment at TUJ that is both free of sexual assault and consistent with constitutional protections and personal freedoms.
TUJ encourages members of the university community to promptly and accurately report all criminal actions, to utilize the university's sexual misconduct education and prevention programs, to understand the policies, procedures and disciplinary sanctions associated with sexual misconduct, and to make use of the resources of our Counseling Office and the Office of Student Services (OSS).
Any student who experiences sexual assault or other interpersonal violence has the right to decide whether to disclose any amount of their experience to others, including to counselors at the TUJ Counseling Office or to law enforcement. Procedures on reporting to other than the TUJ Counseling Office are noted further in items 6 and 7 below.
1. Talking with a Counseling Office Counselor or Other TUJ Staff
The TUJ Counseling Office is available for free to any TUJ student, including to talk to students about sexual assault or other interpersonal violence. Students who wish to discuss such matters should make an appointment. Your discussions with any members of the TUJ Counseling Office are subject to the strictest confidentiality, as noted here.
We understand that discussing matters involving interpersonal violence may be a sensitive issue. Furthermore, we acknowledge that survivors' voices are often unheard even when they choose to speak to others about their experience. Therefore, counselors at the TUJ Counseling Office will make the utmost effort to listen to survivors without doubting their validity and believe the authenticity of their experiences.
Please note that, if a student survivor should decide to speak about experiences involving sexual misconduct and violence to TUJ faculty and staff other than counselors at the TUJ Counseling Office, U.S. Federal law and University policy require them to make a report of the incident to the University's Title IX Coordinator. If circumstances require it, upon learning of sexual misconduct, the university will need to investigate the allegation and evaluate whether additional action is necessary. For more information, please see Temple's policies and procedures website.
2. Main Campus Resources
Temple's primary page on sexual assault information, polices and resources can be found below.
Tuttleman Counseling Services at the main campus has the following page on sexual assault, with links to additional resources on-campus and off-campus.
3. Non-TUJ Counseling Resources
If a student survivor would like immediate assistance, the following resources are available in Tokyo:
TELL (formerly Tokyo English Life Lifeline)
- 9:00-23:00 Everyday
Online chat is available on Saturday and Sunday
- English only
Sexual Assault Relief Center Tokyo
- 24 hours / 7 days a week
- Mainly Japanese but English-speaking staff is available through appointment
Tsubomi Crisis Center
- Monday-Friday 14:00-17:00
- Japanese only
Women's Center HELP (domestic violence shelter)
- Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00
- Japanese and English available
U.S. National sexual assault hotline
4. Medical Assistance
If a student survivor has medical concerns about pregnancy or sexually-transmitted infection following an incidence of sexual violence, we encourage them to contact a nearby hospital. Most major hospitals have appropriate medication and testing available, and medical expenses may be covered if a police report is made. In particular, the following hospitals have been reported to be helpful in times of sexual violence:
St. Luke's International Hospital
TUJ has no campus police. In case of an emergency, you can call 110 for police and 119 for firefighters or ambulance. If you wish to report a sexual assault or other crime to the Japanese national police, or simply discuss matters, you can call the Japanese national hotline for sex crime survivors on any phone by dialing #8103. In the event of a sex crime, the police encourage you to contact a nearby police station. It is important to preserve evidence when reporting a sexual assault. If possible, do not shower or wash your clothing following a sexual assault, as that may aid in the investigation.
6. Reporting to Other TUJ or Temple Staff
If you have been sexually assaulted, note that you can report the incident to any Temple staff. They will help you contact resources to report incidents and get help, but we encourage you to contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator at TUJ, Nicole Despres (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to make an anonymous report directly to the Title IX Coordinator at Main Campus you can do that here. Temple staff will facilitate any necessary changes in academic and living situations whenever possible.
7. Actions under the Temple University Student Conduct Code
If the perpetrator is also a TUJ student, you may wish to take action against that student pursuant to the Student Conduct Code. In such case, you may contact any of the following:
As previously noted, they may be required to report the incident to the university's Title IX Coordinator, but they will explain the conduct review process to you and allow you to choose whether you would like to take further action involving the Conduct Code. If you wish to pursue actions against another student involving the Conduct Code, it would be beneficial if you have made a police report and/or a medical report.
Temple University places a high priority on student health and safety; those who report sexual misconduct or participate as a complainant, victim, or a witness in sexual misconduct investigations, or who seek medical assistance for themselves or another, will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for their consumption of alcohol and/or other substances.
The Student Conduct Code may be found on the university's policies and procedures website. The Conduct Code specifically applies to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation grievances. Please see the Code and the university's Policy on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct below.
The Conduct Code also applies to sexual harassment by another student. Sexual harassment, as defined in the applicable policy, includes any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature. The university's Policy on Sexual Harassment can be found on the policies and procedures website below.
If you have been sexually harassed by a TUJ staff or faculty member, you may report it to the Office of Student Services, the General Counsel, or to an ombudsperson via e-mail at email@example.com.