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Filing a Report

You have several options for submitting a report or complaint of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking, including with law enforcement and the University. Below is a description of how to submit a report, along with a flow chart describing what you can expect to happen next depending upon where you report the incident. 

Reporting to the University

If you wish to report an incident of sexual assault or exploitation, relationship violence, stalking or sexual harassment to the University, you may complete an online report that will be shared with the University's Title IX Coordinator. You may also report an incident in person to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator

The University recognizes that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions. The University encourages any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources. These professionals can provide information about available resources and procedural options and assistance to either party. Individuals are encouraged to use all available resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

The University also encourages complainants to pursue criminal action for incidents that may also be crimes under state criminal law, including sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking. The University will assist a complainant, at the complainant’s request, in contacting local law enforcement and will cooperate with local or campus law enforcement agencies if a complainant decides to pursue the criminal process. 

Anonymous Reporting

An individual may make an anonymous report of an incident of sexual violence or exploitation, stalking, or relationship violence. A report may be made without disclosing one's own name, identifying the respondent, or requesting any action. The University's ability to respond or take further action may be impacted by the level of information available about the incident or individuals involved. 

Anonymous reports can be made through the Whistleblower Hotline, an online reporting service that allows direct interaction with the Title IX Coordinator without providing identifying information. The Whistleblower Hotline may also be accessed via telephone at 1-866-818-2620.

As with all other reports, all anonymous reports will go to the Title IX Coordinator for review and appropriate response and action. Where there is sufficient information, the University will ensure that anonymous reports are reviewed and included in the University's Annual Security Report for compliance with the Clery Act.

If I report to the Purdue University Police Department, what happens next?  A trained police investigator will meet with you to gather information and evidence. You may request a gender-specific officer or request that an advocate from the Student Assistance Center be present during your interview. You will be provided with information about your rights and reporting options both within the criminal justice system and at the University. The police department will conduct a criminal investigation and forward their findings to the local prosecutor. The local prosecutor will decide whether to file criminal charges. Your report will also be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator, which may result in a University Title IX investigation. (See below.) If I report to a confidential reporting resource (e.g., PUSH or CAPS), what happens next?  Yu will be provided with information about your rights and reporting options. The reporter may provide confidential statistical information about the assault, including the location and date, to law enforcement without providing your identity or other identifying information. Your report will not be shared otherwise unless you consent, or unless you are under the age of 18. You will be able to continue to meet with staff from CAPS for follow-up confidential counseling services. If you choose to file a report with the University or law enforcement, an advocate from the Student Assistance Center is available to accompany you to any meetings and provide you with advocacy and support services throughout these processes. If I report to a non-confidential reporter (e.g., Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Title IX Coordinator, Resident Assistant, Greek Life and Student Life staff, etc.), what happens next?  You will be provided with information about your rights and full reporting options. You will be provided with information about interim measures and support services available to you.  Your report will be shared with the Title IX Coordinator. If you do not wish for an investigation or request confidentiality, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate your request by balancing your wishes with the safety interests of the University community. If a Title IX investigation is conducted, you will be given the full opportunity to participate throughout the process, including opportunities to meet with the investigator and decision-maker, receive notification of the outcome, and to appeal the decision. If you choose, you will be provided a trained advocate from the Student Assistance Center to assist you in navigating the internal disciplinary process, any law enforcement process, and other related matters with which you need assistance.

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