Procedures for Reporting Sexual Assaults

Any individual may report an incident that she/he perceives to be a sexual assault. Victims of sexual assaults will be encouraged and assisted to report the assault to proper law enforcement authorities. The university has established procedures for investigating and administering sanctions in instances of sexual assaults, which include the following:

  • University police should be notified immediately of an incident. The purposes of this initial contact are to render immediate assistance to the victim and to protect evidence associated with the assault. Victims of sexual assault should not wash or change clothes until after they have been examined by emergency medical staff. Normally, the attacker will leave evidence vitally important to prosecuting the case successfully.

Caring Assistance

KU police will render immediate, caring assistance to the victim and seek out the perpetrator of the crime.
Although the university strongly feels that all crimes should be reported to proper law enforcement authorities, the final decision to make a criminal offense report to the police lies with the victim. The victim's willingness to assist the authorities in their investigation will largely determine the eventual outcome of the case and possible prevention of future crimes. The officer will assist the victim in filing a complaint and to receive medical attention if she/he wishes to do so. Crimes not reported to the KU Police may be reported, on a confidential basis, to the Director of the Counseling Center. These crimes will be included in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Once a report of an on-campus sexual criminal incident has been received, the University Police Department shall conduct an investigation independent of any other investigation which the university shall deem necessary. Upon completion of such criminal investigation, university police shall submit its findings to the appropriate prosecutor's office for determination of the filing of criminal charges.

The emergency room phone number, 588-6500, at KU Medical Center should be contacted so that immediate psychological and/or medical support can be provided to the victim. The goals of this intervention are to stabilize the victim's condition, to present the victim alternatives for continuing support, and to present options for redressing the assault throught administrative and/or civil procedures. The Director of Counseling Center's (Department Student Services) assistance will be sought.

If assistance outside the Medical Center is desired, contact can be made with MOCSA at 816-931-4527.

The Director of the Counseling Center will notify the Dean of Student Services that a sexual assault of a student has occurred. With the victim's permission, a report of the incident will be submitted to the Dean, and the administrative review and action procedures will be initiated

Last modified: Mar 19, 2013