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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. DePauw encourages students and Responsible Employees to immediately report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.

Reports can be made to the Title IX Coordinator, Renee Madison at 765-658-4914 and the Office of Public Safety at 765-658-5555.

Different University employees have different abilities to maintain a victim’s request for confidentiality. 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.  

Anonymous Reporting 

An individual can make a report of prohibited conduct to the University without disclosing ones’s name by completing the Report an Incident of Sexual Misconduct Form online. Depending on the level of information available about the incident or individuals involved, the University’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited. 

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 Academic Life and Public Safety personnel, and Resident Assistants (RAs). 

When a report is made to the Title IX Coordinator

Upon receiving a report of sexual misconduct, a Title IX Administrator will meet with and interview the complainant to gather key facts outlining the complaint. During this meeting, the Title IX Administrator will address any immediate physical safety and emotional support needs, including potential interim measures and no contact directives. The University utilizes a single-process model, which means that the Title IX Administrators are responsible for

  1. evaluating the initial complaint to determine whether the conduct could constitute a violation of the prohibited conduct;
  2. if warranted, conducting a fair and thorough investigation;
  3. evaluating the facts gathered from the investigation; and
  4. issuing findings of responsibility for the conduct charges.

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.

Additional information about Title IX at DePauw University are available in an electronic brochure can be found here.


Public Safety will investigate all reports of sexual misconduct they receive and forward them both to the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office and to the Title IX Office. Following the investigation, the University will decide if a formal charge of sexual misconduct should be processed.