Law enforcement officers will offer every person reporting
assistance in locating sexual assault advocacy services. Written
material will be provided.
A victim/survivor 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/survivor 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/survivor or other reporting party may remain anonymous
and still have the information they provide documented by a law
A victim/survivor or other reporting party may have questions
answered regarding their options for reporting and/or a criminal
investigation prior to providing any personally 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/survivor.
When making a report there is no requirement to meet in person
with a law enforcement officer. For example, a victim/survivor or
other reporting party may report using an online form or a
victim/survivor may choose to have a sexual assault advocate report
on their behalf.
Reasonable efforts will be made to allow the victim/survivor or
other reporting party control over the location, time and date where
their initial report is made to law enforcement.
A victim/survivor of sexual assault is offered three options for
Reasonable efforts will be made to meet the needs of the
victim/survivor and address any barriers the victim/survivor faces
in providing information to law enforcement during the investigation.
A victim/survivor’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/survivor’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/survivor, not the law enforcement officer. Victim/survivors
will be informed that no case can proceed to the referral to the
Prosecutor’s Office until the investigative process is complete.
A victim/survivor 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/survivor to law enforcement.
No arrest or referral to the Prosecutor’s Office will occur
without the consent of the victim/survivor. We respect the choice of
every victim/survivor 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/survivor’s request and/or if
additional information is discovered.