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Filing a Report

The decision to file a formal report or complaint about sexual violence and/or sexual harassment is a personal choice.  Whether you choose to file a report or complaint 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 UCDC 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 UCDC 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.

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

Reports involving UCDC 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 community members.


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)
(202) 974-6214

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 arriving, unless you have a scheduled appointment.

You may request that your name remain confidential. However, be aware that if the case advances to a court trial, your name may 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.

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. All UCDC community members 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.  To access information about resources specific to UC campuses, click here.

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 professors, 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 and will gather basic information about the incident.  A detective from the Sexual Assault Unit will arrive at the scene and conduct a more detailed interview and take the necessary steps to collect evidence at the location of the incident.  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 violence and/or sexual harassment, 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

Anyone may file a report of sexual violence/sexual harassment to UCDC employees and other home campus administrators - this process is separate from legal proceedings. Any UCDC employee who is not a Confidential Resource and who receives, in the course of employment, information that a student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) has suffered sexual violence, sexual harassment or other prohibited behavior shall promptly notify the Title IX Officer or designee, per the University of California Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.

Should an investigation take place, the Title IX Officer may conduct the investigation or may appoint an investigator to determine whether a policy violation took place. The Complainant and Respondent will be notified of the investigation. The investigator will meet separately with the Complainant, the Respondent, and other potential witnesses to gather information regarding the incident. During the investigation process, interim actions may be enforced to ensure the safety of all campus community members. 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 Respondent.  The University will also consider whether any other action should be taken, such as remedies that may be appropriate for the Complainant.

Remember - You have the right to have a representative of your choice present while filing a report to the Title IX Officer.

You can contact the following University officials to file a report or complaint:

Marie Ann Hairston
Title IX Officer
Email: Marie Ann Hairston
Phone: (510) 987-0606

Other officials that can accept reports 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 resolution.

If you want to file a report after leaving UCDC, you should contact the Title IX Officer at your home campus. You may contact the officials listed above in order to assist you in connecting with the Title IX Officer at your home campus.