What to Expect When I Report an Assault on Campus

Options for reporting:

A student who is a victim of sexual assault has multiple options for reporting the assault:

  • A student may report the assault only to their college or university
    • Depending on the person to whom the report is made, this report may be either confidential or non-confidential
    • Please refer to your school’s website for specific reporting information; staff and faculty are usually considered to be mandated reporters, including campus police or safety officers
    • Your school’s website will indicate which staff may maintain confidentiality regarding a report, such as counseling, medical or pastoral staff
    • If the suspect is also a student there will be Title IX, or misconduct, investigation to determine if the suspect violated campus policies
    • If the suspect is a student at another school that school may be notified
  • A student also has the right to report the assault to the police, which will result in a criminal investigation
  • A student may choose not to make a report
  • A student may have a forensic evidence collection exam and choose to report to the police or have this evidence held anonymously

College students may access campus resources and/or community-based services. TurnAround advocates work with students to provide support, advocacy, accompaniment, legal services, and connections to other resources and services. These services are confidential.

When a report is made:

Title IX investigation

Once a student has made a report to the college or university, a Title IX investigation must take place. The survivor may request supports and accommodations from the school in order to be safe and to continue to pursue one’s studies. You may visit your school’s website for more information on accommodations and safety planning.

A Title IX investigation will most likely include:

  • One or more interviews of the survivor, known as the “complainant”
  • One or more interviews of the accused, known as the “respondent”
  • Interviews of witnesses identified
  • A conduct hearing
  • Disciplinary action of the accused, based on outcomes of the investigation

Rights of a student and victim

Students reporting sexual assault have rights both as a student and as a victim of a crime, if that crime has been reported.

Rights within the university include:

  • To make reasonable accommodations
  • Notification of counseling services
  • Notification of reporting options
  • Prompt and impartial investigation
  • Notification of outcomes of the investigation
  • To have a support person present during interviews and proceedings

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