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Filing a Report

The decision to file a formal report or complaint about sexual violence and sexual assault is a personal choice.  Whether you choose to report the crime to the University or to law enforcement, you are encouraged to access the confidential resources available to you.  Talking to an advocate or a mental health provider can help you make the decision that’s right for you.

If you are a visiting student or faculty from any UC campus you can learn more about reporting options available to you at your campus:

Berkeley
Davis
Irvine
Los Angeles
Merced
Riverside
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz

If you are a visiting student from any of the guest campuses listed below, you can contact your campus’ Title IX office to learn more about available resources at your home campus.

Carnegie Mellon University
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Francisco

Reports involving visiting students will be forwarded to the appropriate home campus for adjudication. UCDC reserves the right to implement appropriate interim measures necessary to ensure the safety of all UCDC affiliates.


Reporting Options at UCDC.:

If you've experienced sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence or stalking, confidential support and guidance is available to you.  You can get help without filing a report.

If you choose to file a formal report

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 the Title IX officer (sexual harassment officer)
(510) 987-0104

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

DC Metro Police Sexual Assault Unit (202) 727-3700
Please call before unless you have a scheduled appointment.

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 (510) 987-0104

Yes

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

Depends on the information given.

Depends on the information given.

If you choose not to report or delay reporting

If you decide not to file a formal report, all other resources remain available to support you.  To access information about resources at all UC campuses, click here.

If you are a faculty or staff member, you can talk one-on-one with a confidential advocate from the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, who can provide support and connect you with other resources.

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.  

Remember, a report to an advocate or a mental health counselor does not constitute official notice to the University about potential policy violations. Therefore, your discussions with these professionals will not result in any action by the University to resolve the expressed concerns.

Reporting to law enforcement

Generally, a report to the police will involve speaking with a first-response patrol officer who will make sure you are safe, gather basic information about the incident.  A detective from the Sexual Assault Unit will arrive at the scene and conduct a more detailed interview an take the necessary steps to collect evidence at the location of the crime.  If an evidentiary exam is necessary, the detective will arrange for the victim to be taken to the hospital for a forensic exam. The exam is NOT done by the detective; it is conducted by a specially trained medical practitioner.  As a victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, you have a right to have a victim advocate present with you during the evidentiary exam.

To a file a criminal report with law enforcement you can contact the D.C. Metro Police Department:

D.C. Metro Police
Sexual Assault Unit
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 3042
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-3700
Fax: (202) 727-3076

Reporting to campus administrators

Any survivor has the choice of reporting to the campus administration —this process is separate from legal proceedings. When an administrative complaint is made the Title IX Officer conducts an investigation or appoints an investigator to determine whether a violation of policy took place. You and the accused will be notified of the investigation. The investigator will meet separately with you, the accused and other potential witnesses to gather information from each of you. When that process is complete, the investigator will prepare and submit a report addressing whether or not University policy was violated. If there is a finding of a policy violation, the University will consider disciplinary action against the accused. The University will also consider whether any other action should be taken, such as remedies that may be appropriate for you.

Remember- a survivor has the right to have a representative of their choice present while making a complaint to the Title IX office.  

You can contact the following officials to file an administrative complaint:

Katya Nottie
Title IX Officer
Email Katya Nottie
Phone: (510) 987-0104

Other designated officials that can accept administrative complaints at UCDC:

Joshua Brimmeier
Director of Student Services
Email Josh Brimmeier
Phone: 202-974-6214

Reports made to the Director of Student Services will be turned in to the Title IX Officer for review and disposition.

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 are student survivor and want to file an administrative complaint after you return to your home campus, your report should be filed with the Title IX Officer at your home campus.  To access information about resources at all UC campuses, click here.