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How to Report Sexual Assault

How to Report a Sexual Assault

We hope you will decide to report your attack to the police. While there’s no way to change what happened to you, you can seek justice and help stop it from happening to someone else. 

Reporting On Campus:

The University has a compelling obligation to address allegations and suspected instances of discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, including sexual violence. The following procedures are designed to allow for prompt and equitable resolution of sexual violence complaints. The Title IX Coordinator (Executive Director of Human Resources) is responsible for investigating all complaints of sexual violence.  The University will take steps to prevent reoccurrence of any sexual violence and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate.

  1.  In simple situations, the person should let the offending person know immediately and firmly that he/she is rejecting the advance or invitation and/or finds the conduct offensive.
  2. The person should report the matter to the Title IX Coordinator (Executive Director of Human Resources), who will make a complete investigation. It is important that the person report everything to the investigator so a thorough investigation can be made, including providing witnesses and/or documentation from individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the situation.
  3. The person has the right to file a criminal complaint with the appropriate local police department.
  4. To the extent possible, the complaint and investigation will remain confidential. If a complainant insists that his/her name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the accused, the University’s ability to respond to the complaint may be limited.
  5. Retaliation is prohibited. The University will take steps to prevent retaliation and also strong responsive action if it occurs. If the person feels that a retaliatory action has been taken because he/she has filed a complaint, that action should be reported as well.
  6. The Title IX investigator will investigate the matter promptly, thoroughly, and impartially.  The University will not delay conducting its own investigation because of a pending criminal complaint as the University has a responsibility to protect the person in its educational setting.
  7. During the investigation, both parties will have the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence.  The meeting shall be closed to the public and only the complainant(s), the Investigator(s), the accused, and other individuals approved by the Investigator, shall be present. No attorney, who represents any of the involved parties, shall attend or take part in the meeting.
  8. The standard of proof to be used shall be the preponderance of evidence standard.
  9. Appropriate sanctions/discipline up to and including termination or dismissal from the University will be imposed if warranted. Any incidents of further harassment or retaliation should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator (Executive Director of Human Resources).
  10. Both parties will be informed of the outcome of the complaint in writing.
  11. Both parties can grieve the final decision of the Title IX Investigator by requesting a review in writing to the Title IX Coordinator (Executive Director of Human Resources) within five (5) working days of the decision.
  12. This meeting shall be closed to the public and only the grievant(s), the person whose decision is being grieved, and other individuals approved by the Title IX Coordinator (Executive Director of Human Resources), shall be present.  No attorney, who represents any of the involved parties, shall attend or take part in the meeting
  13. The decision of the Title IX Coordinator (Executive Director of Human Resources) is final.

 

Samuel Merritt University Title IX Coordinator

Elaine Lemay
Executive Director of Human Resources
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 869-6739
elemay@samuelmerritt.edu

 

Reporting to Local Police:

Click here to read more about reporting sexual assualt to the police.