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If you are (or someone you are with is) in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 9-1-1.

It is completely normal for a student to need help or not know whether or not they would like to report an incident of sexual violence. It is also every student's right not to report an incident to the University or law enforcement if they do not want the incident to be investigated. Students are NOT required to provide additional information about the incident or participate in a university investigation in order to receive services. Our goal is to provide all students with information on reporting options so they can make an informed decision.

It is important for students to know that most employees of Purdue (including resident assistants and faculty) are required reporters. Required reporters are mandated by university policy to report to the administration any information they receive about sexual violence. Once the university receives this information, it is required by law to provide services to the survivor as well as take steps to eliminate, prevent and address the reported incident.

Confidential Support Options

CARE, CAPS, and PUSH have staff who can provide confidential services where students can receive help and support without the university or law enforcement being informed of the incident. Specifically, CARE staff are trained sexual violence advocates who work with students to discuss options, provide support, and arrange accommodations as needed.

Additionally, there are off-campus agencies such as MHA Crisis Center and the Lafayette YWCA where students can receive services without university notification. These are great resources and services for students who know they do not want to report the incident or would like to talk over their options with a trained professional outside the university. 


Call to speak with someone who can explain your options and connect you with resources.

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