Law enforcement officers will offer every person reporting
assistance in locating sexual assault advocacy services. Written
material will be provided.
A victim or other reporting party may provide as much, or as
little, information as they choose with no time limitations or
restrictions on when the information is given to law enforcement.
For example, information obtained on an incident outside the current
statute of limitations will be documented and used as the law allows
to assist in other investigations.
A victim may be accompanied by the Campus Victim Advocate or other
appropriate support person during all phases of the reporting
process and criminal investigation.
A victim or other reporting party may remain anonymous and still
have the information they provide documented by a law enforcement agency.
A victim or other reporting party may have questions answered
regarding their options for reporting and/or a criminal
investigation prior to providing any personal identifying or
incident information to law enforcement.
A clear explanation of the reporting process and/or investigative
procedures will be provided by a law enforcement officer if
requested by the victim.
When making a report there is no requirement to meet in person
with a law enforcement officer. For example, a victim or other
reporting party may report using an online form or a victim may
choose to have a sexual assault advocate report on their behalf.
Reasonable efforts will be made to allow the victim or other
reporting party control over the location, time and date where their
initial report is made to law enforcement.
A victim of sexual assault is offered three options for reporting:
Reasonable efforts will be made to meet the needs of the victim
and address any barriers the victim faces in providing information
to law enforcement during the investigation.
A victim’s right to keep their assault private will be respected.
It is legally permissible and appropriate that the University Title
IX Coordinator and Campus Victim Advocate be notified about the
incident. No other persons will be notified outside of law
enforcement without the victim’s consent. This includes the
interviewing of identified witnesses and perpetrators.
Investigators will utilize strategies to identify and document
serial sexual perpetration.
Criminal investigations will be conducted at a pace set by the
victim, not the law enforcement officer. Victims will be informed
that no case can proceed to the referral to the Prosecutor’s Office
until the investigative process is complete.
A victim may disengage from a criminal investigation at any time
prior to an arrest being made or the case being referred to the
Prosecutor’s Office. There is no requirement that an explanation be
given by the victim to law enforcement.
No arrest or referral to the Prosecutor’s Office will occur
without the consent of the victim. We respect the choice of every
victim who reports a sexual assault and understand that justice is
not the same for every person who is victimized.
Criminal investigations that do not result in arrest or referral
to the Prosecutor’s Office, unless found baseless or false, may be
re-opened in the future at a victim’s request and/or if additional
information is discovered.