University Reporting Options
Pacific takes incidents of sexual misconduct very seriously and encourages students to report all incidents. Students are free to report instances of sexual misconduct to the University regardless of whether or not they choose to press formal charges with law enforcement.
In all situations, Pacific’s goal is to treat all complainants (alleged victims) with sensitivity and fairness while also ensuring that the respondent (alleged perpetrator) receives appropriate due process. Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to a support person throughout the reporting, investigation and hearing process. For details refer to Tiger Lore.
If a student discusses the incident with a University staff, or faculty member, with the exception of therapists from Counseling Services and the Victim Advocate, who are confidential resources, the staff member or faculty member must contact the Victim Advocate to file a Sexual Misconduct report form. Report forms should be mailed in a sealed envelope to the Victim Advocate – Department of Public Safety, as required by the Clery Act.
Options for Filing a Report
Formal Reports - Students may elect to file a formal report through the Victim Advocate or Public Safety. A formal report will include the names of the student filing the report and will include the name of the accused, if known. If a student chooses to file a formal report, then either or both of the following procedures may result:
- University Judicial Process - The Director of Judicial Affairs will review the referral to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge a student with a violation of the Tiger Lore Policies and to hold a judicial hearing. If so, the Director will issue an allegation letter to the accused. Modified Hearing Procedures in Special Circumstances – See Tiger Lore.
- Criminal Justice Process – The report may lead to a review of the criminal justice system, whether or not the University judicial system is reviewing the matter. Students may choose to report these incidents to the University Public Safety Department or to any other law enforcement agency. The Victim Advocate or Public Safety Officer can assist in the reporting process within the criminal justice system.