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FAQS

Protection Order Kiosk

What is a Protection Order Kiosk?
A. The kiosk is a computer that directly links to the Pierce County Clerk's Office, allowing the Petitioner of an order (the person requesting the order) to create, save, and file the order from a computer on campus.
What is a Protection Order?
A. A Protection Order is a civil order that protects the Petitioner from someone who has abused or sexually assaulted them (the "Respondent").  The goal is to limit or prohibit contact between these parties and impose mandatory arrest in the case that the Order is violated.
Who is eligible for a Protection Order?
A. Domestic Violence Protection Orders are for people who have experienced violence or threats of violence from a family or household member or a dating/intimate partner.  This includes same-sex, non-cohabitating, and unmarried couples.

Sexual Assault Protection Orders are for victims on non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual assault, or rape, by a person who is not a family member or intimate partner (i.e. coworker, acquaintance).
Where is the kiosk at PLU?
A. To ensure privacy and support while applying for a Protection Order, the kiosk is located in the Victim Advocate's office at the Women's Center.  Students, staff and faculty can file in a safe and comfortable environment with the guidance and support of an advocate.
Is there a cost?
A. There is no cost for filing a Protection Order in the state of Washington.
What happens after I file?
A. Most Protection Orders are granted for a two-week period prior to a court hearing at which time a judge will determine if a more permanent Order is required.
Do I have to go to this court hearing?
A. Yes, Petitioners must attend this hearing.  The Respondent is made aware of the hearing but is not required to attend.  Advocates and law enforcement are present in the courtroom to provide support and help minimize conflict.
Does Campus Safety get involved?
A. Yes.  University policy states that Campus Safety must be made aware of any Protection orders so they can help plan for your safety and make sure the Order is enforced on campus.
How does the Respondent find out about the Protection Order?
A. Local law enforcement, Campus Safety, or another third-party can serve the Protection Order to the Respondent.  This means they will personally deliver the Order to the Respondent.  The Order does not go into effect until after the Respondent is served.
What do I do if the Protection Order is violated?
A. Call Campus Safety (x7911) or 911 immediately.  Talk to the advocate to plan for your safety.
What happens to the Respondent if the Order is violated?
A. A violation of a Protection Order could result in the Respondent being arrested. The Respondent could also be subject to repercussions within the PLU Student Conduct System.
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