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Filing a Formal Report or Complaint

The decision to file a formal report or complaint about sexual violence and sexual assault is a personal choice. We’re here to help you understand your options and the resources available, whether you decide to report or not.

For students, your confidential campus CARE advocate can explain your options in detail and answer questions, so you can make the decision that’s right for you. Talking to the advocate doesn’t constitute filing an official report about sexual violence. The details of your experience won’t be shared with anyone without your permission.

For faculty members, other academic appointees and staff employees, contact the experienced staff on your campus for confidential counseling and help, and information about where to go to file a report. Faculty may also contact the Academic Personnel Office regarding their academic rights.

If you choose to file a formal report

To file a report over the phone or in person, you may contact the Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office. In addition, you may also file a report directly through the online Title IX Report Form.

The chart below shows reporting options and what to expect.

Options Will my information be confidential? Can I request a forensic medical exam? Will there be an investigation? Will there be disciplinary action for the accused?

Formal report with campus (such as with Title IX officer)

Your privacy will be protected to the greatest legal extent possible. Some UC personnel involved in your case will have access to your information, and your name may be shared with the accused if there’s an investigation.

Yes, you can ask for a referral to have a forensic medical exam. In some cases, physical evidence may assist an investigation.

It depends on the information given and facts of the situation. In many cases, there is an investigation.

Possibly, depending on the findings of an investigation.

Police report

Your name won’t be disclosed, if you request that it remain confidential. However, be aware that if the case advances to a court trial, your name would be included in court records, which are public documents.

Yes, you can ask for a referral to have a forensic medical exam. In some cases, physical evidence may assist an investigation.

It depends on the information given and facts of the situation. In many cases, there is an investigation.

Possibly, depending on the findings of an investigation.

Anonymous reporting

Yes

Yes, you can ask for a referral to have a forensic medical exam.

Depends on the information given.

Depends on the information given.

Telling a professor, work colleague, supervisor or friend

You should feel free to talk to a trusted friend or colleague. Keep in mind that managers, supervisors and certain employees such as athletic coaches, faculty advisors, teaching assistants and resident advisors are required to report to the Title IX officer.

If you choose not to report

If you decide not to file a formal report, UC resources are still available to you for counseling, housing, academic support and other needs.

If you are a student, your campus CARE advocate can provide immediate confidential support, explain the campus resources available and help you access the ones you want.

Here are some examples of the support services offered:

  • Emotional support, including crisis intervention, long-term counseling, support groups and other resources on and off campus.
  • Academic support, including changing your academic class schedule and switching course sections.
  • Health care, such as a medical exam and help with other needs at campus health and counseling centers.
  • Housing, such as helping you obtain temporary housing or new housing.
  • Personal safety. You can consult with university police to understand your rights to physical protection, including restraining orders or a safety escort on campus at night.

If you are a faculty member, other academic appointee or staff member, you can talk one-on-one with the confidential trained staff on your campus, who can provide support and connect you with other resources.