What kind of report should I file?
First and foremost, know that you have options.
The first priority of any complainant is to take care of yourself. There are multiple resources, both local and national, that can support complainants in healing. While complainants are strongly encouraged to make a report to both the police and the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) for assistance and investigation, it is ultimately the complainant’s decision as to which type(s) of report, if any, are best for their recovery and well-being. A complainant can pursue either a police report, an OIE/Title IX report, both, or neither.
What’s the difference between a police investigation and an OIE investigation?
The police investigate alleged violations of criminal law. OIE investigates allegations of violations of university policies and regulations.
Why should I report?
UCF Victim Services can assist you in deciding what type of reporting is best for you. However, there are many reasons that individuals choose to report their experiences:
— The majority of incidents of sexual and interpersonal violence go unreported. Reporting can help to ensure the safety of the complainant and the entire campus community.
— Reporting does not necessarily mean that an investigation will occur. It is up to you to decide how and if you participate in any investigation. Some complainants just want their concerns heard without an investigation, while others may file a report in hopes of requesting an investigation at a later date, while others still want an investigation immediately.
— Reporting an incident to UCF allows the Title IX Coordinator to coordinate resources, support, and remedial measures, such as no contact orders, course and assignment schedule adjustments, late drops or medical withdrawals, financial aid appeals, and referrals to campus and community resources.
— Those reporting sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, and stalking, will not be subject to disciplinary action for being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the incident.
— Regardless of the outcome of the report and any subsequent investigation, retaliating against someone for reporting or cooperating with a report is strictly prohibited.
— For some complainants, the act of reporting is a way to regain control of their life.
Remember, you can decide to report at any time. The sooner you report, the better UCF can respond to your needs and potentially investigate your report.
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