We encourage you to report all forms of sexual misconduct committed by or against all members of our community. Reporting will not change what happened to you or a member of our community, but it may help stop it from happening to someone else.

Reporting an incident of sexual misconduct is a difficult, yet important decision. We encourage survivors and members of our community to report sexual misconduct. Making a report may help with recovery, provide support and services, and prevent the offender from committing further violence. Reporting options are not mutually exclusive. Both campus and criminal reports may be pursued simultaneously. Survivors are encouraged to select a trusted individual who can support them throughout this process.

On-Campus Reporting Options

Confidential Reporting

The Student Victim Advocate and therapists from Counseling and Psychological Services (working in their capacity as therapists) are confidential reporting resources.  They can take a confidential report, link a victim to support resources, and explain the various options for filing a formal complaint. 

Reporting to the University

The University of the Pacific takes incidents of sexual misconduct very seriously and encourages students to report all incidents. Survivors 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 survivors with sensitivity and fairness while also ensuring that the respondent (alleged perpetrator) receives appropriate due process. Both the survivor and the respondent are entitled to a support person throughout the reporting, investigation, and hearing process. Please refer to the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information on Pacific's policies and procedures.

If a survivor discusses the incident with a University staff, or faculty member, with the exception of therapists from Counseling and Psychological Services and the Student Victim Advocate who are confidential resources, the staff or faculty member must forward any report of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Students may elect to file a report through the Title IX Coordinator, any Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Conduct, Human Resources, Student Victim Advocate, Public Safety or a local police agency. A report will include the names of the reporting party, name of the survivor and the name of the accused, if known. If a survivor chooses to file a report, then the following procedures may result:

  • Title IX Process — The Title IX Coordinator will offer options and resources, review the referral to determine if the alleged conduct falls under the University's Title IX Policy. The Title IX Coordinator will will determine, with input from the complainant, whether to pursue a formal investigation or an informal resolution.
  • Criminal Justice Process — The report may lead to a review by the criminal justice system, whether or not the University conduct 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 Student Victim Advocate or Public Safety Officer can assist in the reporting process within the criminal justice system.
  • Civil Suits — A victim may choose to file a civil suit for monetary damages against an alleged perpetrator for causing physical or emotional injuries, regardless of the outcome of the student conduct process or criminal prosecution; however this is not initiated by filing a complaint with the University.

Anonymous Reporting

Any survivor may file an anonymous report.  The report form need not include the name of the survivor or the accused, unless the survivor chooses to include them. Filing an anonymous report will ensure that information is recorded in the event the survivor would like to file a complaint at a later date and also assists the University in compiling accurate crime statistics.  Survivors are encouraged to include their initials, in the event they would like to later file a formal complaint, although this is not required.  Filing an anonymous report will not result in a police investigation. The report form is available online.

Campus Reporting Contact Information

  • Interim Title IX Coordinator: Edwin Cowell: ecowell@pacific.edu; 209.946.7770 or 1.888.383.2765 (toll-free)
  • Victims' Advocate (3-City): 209.403.0250 *Confidential Reporting 
  • Stockton Campus Department of Public Safety: 209.946.2537
  • Sacramento Campus Department of Public Safety: 916.739-7200
  • San Francisco Campus Department of Public Safety: 415.929.6456

      Note: Reporting to campus police is not the same as pressing charges against an offender.

Off-Campus Reporting Options

Report to Local Law Enforcement

  • Stockton Police Department: (209) 937-8377 
  • Sacramento Police Department: (916) 264-5471 
  • San Francisco Police Department: (415)-553-8090

      Note: Reporting to the police is not the same as pressing charges against an offender.

Contact a Trained Community Advocate

It may be helpful for survivors to have someone who can help them explore their off-campus options and guide them through legal processes; an advocate can provide assistance in this area. Local resources provide a wide range of services to community members affected directly by sexual misconduct and to those close to them, including crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, accompaniment, and referral services. In addition, they offer a variety of educational and training programs about personal safety and prevention. 


San Joaquin Women's Center: Youth and Family Services — 209.929.6700
Sexual Assault Hotline 209.465.4997
729 North California St. Stockton, CA 95202


Support Hotline 916.920.2952 or 866.920.2952 Toll Free

San Francisco

San Francisco Women Against Rape
Crisis Hotline 415.647.7273

Report to the Office for Civil Rights

Individuals with complaints against the University related to this policy have the right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education:

Office for Civil Rights
San Francisco Office, U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale St., Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Voice Phone: 415.486.5555
Fax: 415.486.5570
TDD: 800.877.8339
Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov