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How to report sexual assault

DePauw encourages survivors of sexual misconduct to talk with someone promptly about what happened so that they can get any support they need and so DePauw can respond appropriately.

Reports can be made to a number of areas, including Public Safety, the Dean of Students' Office, and the Title IX Coordinator, Renee Madison. 

Different University employees have different abilities to maintain a victim’s request for confidentiality. Once a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator, the University will investigate the report.The victim may report the incident confidentially to someone who is not required to report to the Title IX Coordinator, or may choose to report the incident to someone who is required to report to the Title IX Coordinator.  An employee who is required to report to the Title IX Coordinator may request that the Title IX Coordinator keep the report confidential. The Title IX Coordinator then determines whether the confidentiality request can be honored. 

Confidential Reporting:
A victim may report an incident to an employee who is not required to report to the Title IX Coordinator and who can promise confidentiality. Those employees are licensed counselors, medical professionals, and ordained clergy acting in a pastoral care capacity. 

Reporting to a SASA :
If a victim is not sure where to report an incident, the victim should call a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advocate (SASA) at 765-658-4650 for assistance. Generally, a victim can seek assistance and support from a SASA without triggering an investigation that could reveal the victim’s identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident. However, a SASA will report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without disclosing personally identifiable information. Questions about confidentiality of discussions with a SASA can be discussed with the SASA .

Non-Confidential Reporting:
A victim may report an incident to an employee who is required to report to the Title IX Coordinator. Those employees include all faculty, all staff (excluding those designated as staff to whom confidential reports can be made), all administrators, including Student Life and Public Safety personnel, and Resident Assistants (RAs). 

When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator

The University will investigate all reports of sexual misconduct received by the Title IX Coordinator. Following the investigation, the University will decide if a formal charge of sexual misconduct should be processed. If a charge is warranted, the Assistant Dean of Students or designee will notify the victim and the accused student the nature of the charges and the scheduling of a hearing. In cases where the Assistant Dean determines there is sufficient risk to public or individual safety, the University will take interim steps to address those issues, and reserves the right to proceed to a hearing with or without the participation of the victim. In the event that the Assistant Dean determines that no formal charge of sexual misconduct should be processed, the Dean will notify the victim and the accused student of that determination.

Students making a report (whether a complainant or a witness) will not be charged under the University's Community Standards process for a violation of the University's alcohol or drug policy, so this need not be a barrier to reporting. Retaliation or intimidation against anyone involved in the process or anyone who pursues criminal action is a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be treated as such.