What to do & how to report
In the event that you or a friend have been sexually assaulted, DePauw has a number of resources available to support you as well as a number of reporting options.
What to do if you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault
Go to a safe place. You may want to contact someone you know and trust to be with you. If you feel that you are in an unsafe situation, you should call 911 or contact the Office of Public Safety at 765-658-5555, and they can help remove you from that situation and get you to a safe space.
Seek support. You can call the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advocate (SASA) 24/7 at 765-658-4650. SASAs are trained advocates who can share with you all of the resources available to you, both on and off campus. They will provide you with support and understanding and be with you as you make choices on what resources to utilize, both in the moment and in the future.
Preserve evidence. While it may be exactly what you feel like doing, DO NOT bathe, douche, change clothes, or brush your teeth. Washing or changing clothes may remove forensic evidence.
Seek medical treatment. It is very important that you seek medical attention to be treated for injuries, sexually transmitted illnesses, and other medical related needs. If you suspect you have experienced a drug facilitated sexual assault or were given what is commonly called a “date rape drug,” go to the hospital immediately. These drugs can harm you, and any evidence of the drug leaves the body quickly.
You may also want to undergo a medical exam that can provide critical evidence for either the University judicial process or criminal prosecution. DePauw is fortunate to have trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) who can provide medical treatment and/or do evidence collection.
In the evenings and on the weekends, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can be reached by contacting Public Safety at 765-658-5555. On Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can be reached at the Wellness Center at 765-658-4555.
Make a report. Reports can be made to a number of areas, including the Title IX Coordinator and Public Safety. Additional information about making a report can be found below.
How to make a report if sexual misconduct occurs
There are different types of reporting options available. 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 here 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.
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/Title IX Office. 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 warrented, 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.
When a report is made to Public Safety. 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.