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How to Report

Reporting a sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking can be daunting, especially if you don't know the outcomes or processes involved. This page is designed to assist you in making the right choice, and to help you understand what may happen if you choose to report to a University of Denver official. This applies to whether you have experienced violence, a friend of yours has experienced violence or if someone you know is perpetrating and you are unsure what to do next.

For further confidential advice and information about how to report please contact Dr. Gillian Kaag, Program Director for the Center for Advocacy Prevention and Empowerment, at 303-871-3853 or gillian.kaag@hcc.du.edu.

A Note on Confidentiality vs. Privacy

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment, the DU Counseling Center, and the DU Chaplain can and will maintain confidentiality.

Confidentiality means that your personal information will be protected and will not be disclosed to others without your permission.
Limits of confidentiality exist when:

  • Clear and substantial risk of physical danger to self or others exists. This may include life-threatening situations or where specific others are endangered by perpetrator (e.g., threats).
  • Required by law (e.g. child abuse reporting statute) or court ordered. In this case, efforts are made to protect all sensitive information.

Privacy means that your personal information and conversations are kept as private as possible and information is only shared with administrators on a need-to-know basis. In planning any response, the wishes of the person are given full consideration.

What to expect when you make a report to DU

If you choose to disclose or report a sexual assault, stalking or relationship violence, the following things may happen:

  • If you disclose or report a sexual assault, stalking or relationship violence to CAPE (303-871-3853), the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) (303-871-2205), or DU's Chaplain (303-871-4488) , these resources are confidential and the information you share will not be disclosed without your permission.
  • CAPE provides a confidential reporting option whereby, under federal statue, CAPE informs the University of the number of gender-based violence incidents that occur on University property. This report is in aggregate form and does not include any details that could identify a survivor.
  • Campus Safety is a private resource that can take an official report 24/7 for the University by visiting Campus Safety or calling 303-871-3000. If Campus Safety is informed of an incident of sexual misconduct or gender-based violence, they will forward their report to the Title IX Office for an investigation.
  • You can make an official report to the Title IX Office during business hours by calling 303-871-7436. Or, the Title IX Office may receive a report from Campus Safety or another University official. The Title IX Office can offer privacy.

**Please note: Contacting a University official does not then obligate the reporting person to report the incident to Denver Police if he or she does not want to. Although a report of a sexual assault in progress may result in the immediate request for DPD assistance.

**Please note: If a perceived ongoing threat to the University community occurs, then a crime alert will be posted and emailed to the entire campus community. Other forms of communication may also be utilized. Every effort will be made in this circumstance to keep the survivor's identity confidential.

What happens when the university receives a report

When the Title IX Office is notified of an incident of sexual assault, stalking/harassment, or relationship violence, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the impacted party and invite him or her to have a conversation to discuss their options for moving forward, any interim measures that may be needed, and their interest in DU moving forward with an investigation of the reported incident(s).

During the investigation with the Title IX Investigators, you are allowed to have one support person present with you who will not otherwise be involved with the process. This person cannot speak on your behalf. During the Title IX investigation, the Title IX Investigators also may interview witnesses who have information about the concerns raised.

Following the Title IX investigation, the Title IX Office produces a report of findings that is forwarded to the Outcomes Council (if a student is involved) and/or the Human Resources Department (if an employee is involved). The Outcomes Council is a private resource and is responsible for assigning outcomes (disciplinary actions) for DU Policy violations. Regardless of whether criminal action is taken, a student found responsible for violation of the Title IX policy will have action taken against him or her, up to and including dismissal.

Reporting to the police

The university investigation is a separate process from a criminal investigation.  If you wish to make a report to the police, you may: 

  • Call 911.
  • Call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000 and make a report.  
  • Go directly to the Denver Police station and make a report.  The District Three Station is located at: 1625 S. University Blvd. 
  • The Program Director for CAPE and/or Campus Safety can assist you in contacting the Denver Police Department (DPD) to make a report, if desired. 
  • The CAPE Program Director and/or Campus Safety can assist the survivor in getting medical help, including a forensic exam by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Both Porter Hospital and Denver Health offer SANE's.  If the survivor chooses to have a SANE completed, the hospital will contact DPD. Even when DPD is called, the survivor still retains the right not to file an official report to the police at that time. If evidence is collected by a SANE, the survivor has up to 2 years to make a decision about whether she/he wishes to file an official report.