Reporting an incident
The University has a number of resources available to support victims’ mental and physical health as well as procedures for handling complaints of sexual harassment within the University and through the criminal justice system.
Some options you have include:
Having medical needs attended to at Strong Memorial Hospital (601 Elmwood Avenue) or another local hospital.
Department of Public Safety can provide transportation.
Meeting with the University Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator at your school to discuss the support services available to you and your options.
Meeting with the Title IX Coordinator does not obligate you to participate in an investigation or report the incident to the police.
Making a formal report to University Department of Public Safety (DPS).
DPS can help you file a formal report to the University about the incident. DPS can also assist you in making a report to the appropriate legal authority (Rochester Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, etc.) You can choose to simultaneously report the incident to the University and the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and response. You can also choose to only report the incident to local law enforcement or only report the incident to the University. If you choose to make a report to the University, DPS investigators will conduct an investigation, as appropriate, and send a report to the Center for Student Conflict Management (CSCM). If they haven’t done so already, staff members from the CSCM will then connect with you to discuss your options, including steps in the conduct process, resources available to support you, and the planned process for moving forward.
Requesting interim measures and accommodations.
Accommodations are available to any student who has come forward about an incident of sexual violence. These accommodations are available to you, regardless of your decision to make a formal report. The Title IX Coordinator can help you with the accommodation process. Some things the University may be able to help arrange are (in no particular order):
- Issuing Active Avoidance Orders: If a student's presence on campus poses a perceived, immediate threat to your physical or emotional safety and well-being and/or sense of personal safety and security, the University can issue an Active Avoidance Order (AAO). AAOs are always issued to all involved parties, with the goal of defusing the situation by imposing restrictions that require all parties to actively avoid each other in all situations. This prevents communication between parties and stays in place indefinitely, or until a time when all parties, and the University, agree to void the order.
- Taking Interim Measures: The University can determine whether interim measures need to be taken to arrange alternative on campus housing, transportation or class schedules or remove the accused student(s) from campus and/or classes or before a hearing can occur.
Filing a report with the appropriate police department.
DPS can help you connect with the appropriate law enforcement agency if you wish to report the incident to the police. Calling 911 to directly connect to local police is an option as well. The police officers who respond may take a report and explain possible legal options including temporary and permanent orders of protections. You can choose to simultaneously report the incident to the University and the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and response.
Contacting RESTORE (formally Rape Crisis Service).
RESTORE provides a 24-hour confidential hotline as well as advocacy support. RESTORE is not affiliated with the University of Rochester and reports made to RESTORE are confidential and will not be shared with the University.
Connecting with a counselor at the University Counseling Center.
University Counseling Center (UCC) can help provide mental health support during a difficult situation 24 hours a day with their on-call counselor and appointments are also available. Reports made to UCC or UHS are confidential.
Filing a proxy report.
If you wish to make a report about the incident to the University without including your name or personally identifiable information you may file a proxy report. Proxy reports are used to gather information about the date, type and location of an incident when the student who experienced the incident does not wish to disclose his or her identity and/or participate in the investigatory process.
Students may also make it known that they want nothing to be done with the situation right now. In those situations where students indicate that they would not like the University to investigate or respond to the report of the incident the University will most often honor those wishes. There are however, some circumstances, when concerns about the safety of the University community are raised by the report. In those circumstances the University will investigate and respond as appropriate without the cooperation of the student who made the initial report.