What happens if I decide to report the assault to the police?
You have the right to contact 9-1-1 or your school’s campus police. Your school’s police should be able to take complaints and investigate assaults on campus or in certain areas nearby. They can also refer you to your local police department. If the sexual assault occurred outside of your school’s campus police jurisdiction, they will make a referral to the appropriate police department. Contacting campus police means that you have also officially reported sexual violence to the school, so you can expect that a school administrator will reach out to you. You can request accommodations immediately after reporting. Visit the Your Rights in the Criminal Justice System section of this website to learn more about what to expect if you report the assault to the police.
What if I choose not to contact the police?
As a student, your school must provide you with support and help take actions to protect your safety and your access to your education, even if you decide not to report the assault to the police or file a complaint with your school. Unless you are a minor, your school cannot refer your case to the police without your consent. Visit the Your Rights in the Criminal Justice System section of this website to learn more about your rights when reporting or not reporting to the police.