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Reporting sexual assault, abuse, and stalking
Whether or not to report sexual misconduct to the college or law enforcement is an important decision for survivors. They may need resources and support, but have concerns about privacy and confidentiality. Some survivors are not interested in participating in an investigation, but want the college to be aware of what happened to them. Making a report is not the same as initiating a disciplinary process.
Reporting is not necessary to get some kinds of support. Speaking with a SAPR advocate or counselor will not result in a Title IX report with a survivor's written permission.
Faculty and some staff (including the assistant dean of sexual and relationship assault) are obligated reporters, and must inform the Title IX coordinator if they receive information about potential violations of Title IX or the Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy.
Once a report is made to the college, an investigation will take place even if the survivor asks that the matter not be pursued. The college will investigate all reports fairly and take steps to mitigate and remediate harm to the best of its ability (response to anonymous reports will be limited by the available information). Survivors may request that the college not share their name with the accused, but its ability to protect the survivor's confidentiality is limited by its obligation to take action to prevent further harm to the individual and community. Generally, the college will not contact law enforcement without the survivor's permission unless it is necessary to protect the individual or the campus. The college will assist survivors who wish to report to law enforcement.
Reed encourages everyone to consider reporting sexual misconduct, relationship abuse, and stalking to the college, keeping the well-being and safety of the survivor in mind. Our employees receive training to ensure that survivors are supported and assisted in the reporting process, and we work with students to prepare them to support friends who disclose to them.
Types of reports
Anonymous reporting: Survivors can anonymously call a crisis line or community safety to make a report or use the anonymous report form on Reed's website. The college may initiate a Title IX investigation, but it will be limited by the information available.
Confidential reporting: Confidential resources on campus for students are health & counseling services staff and SAPR advocates. SAPR advocates are certified confidential with legal privilege in the state of Oregon. These confidential resources will not share information that can identify the survivor or accused with anyone else without the survivor’s permission, unless the survivor discloses abuse of a child or intent to harm someone. Sharing information with a confidential resource will not result in a Title IX report or disciplinary case unless specifically requested. Deidentified data (information that cannot be linked to the survivor) is aggregated and included in the Annual Security Report.
Obligated reporting: Federal Title IX policy requires some employees of the college to share information they receive about sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, sexual assault, rape, dating/domestic violence, or stalking with the Title IX coordinator or their designees, even if the survivor does not want them to do so. Any report, including incidental and third-party reports, made to an obligated reporter will result in a Title IX investigation.
The college has designated people in these positions as obligated reporters:
- Members of the faculty
- President and vice presidents
- Supervisors of Reed staff
- Community safety staff
- Most employees of student services except student staff and health & counseling services staff
- Assistant dean of sexual assault prevention and response
- House advisers
- Members of the judicial board and Title IX board
Reporting to law enforcement: Survivors have the option of reporting to law enforcement instead of or in addition to the college. Community safety staff can facilitate the process and may coordinate with law enforcement to conduct the interview on campus. Law enforcement's response can vary from taking a report to referring the case to the District Attorney for possible criminal charges.
What if I don't want to make a report to the college or law enforcement?
- Advocacy and counseling on or off campus
- Medical care
- Forensic evidence collection at a hospital emergency room
- Restraining orders issued by courts
- Legal advice and information