Reporting Options for Sexual Misconduct Cases
Through the University
The University will investigate every allegation of sexual
misconduct reported to the University police department, to a staff
member in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or
to the Title IX Coordinator/executive director of Human Resources.
Accusations will be addressed through the detailed processes
outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities section of the Student Handbook found under the
heading Harassment and Discrimination. The question asked in a
campus investigation/Equity Grievance process: Is it more
likely than not that the accused violated a University policy,
rule, or regulation? If so, what is the appropriate response by the
The Criminal Prosecution Process
If a survivor chooses to file a report with the University police
department, the initial responding officer will interview the
survivor to obtain facts surrounding the incident. A detective will
follow up with a more detailed interview with the survivor. If the
assault took place within 96 hours, the detective will encourage
the survivor to undergo a forensic exam for the collection of
evidence that will allow a more thorough investigation to take
place. (A University police department officer and/or the Butler Victim Advocate will
accompany the survivor to the hospital if requested.) The detective
will also promote the availability of counseling.
If a suspect is immediately arrested or if a warrant can be
issued for a suspect, the case will be forwarded to a court where
it will be assigned to a sex crimes prosecutor. If there is no
immediate arrest the case will be referred to a prosecutor to
determine if there is probable cause for criminal charges. Once a
prosecutor is assigned, the survivor will have less interaction
with the detective and the prosecutor will become the lead person
as the prosecution phase continues. However, the survivor
should always consider the University police department detective a
good resource if questions develop.
The criminal process determines if, beyond a reasonable
doubt, the accused violated any local or state laws. If
criminal proceedings occur, the survivor may be required to testify
at a deposition hearing in front of the prosecuting and defense
attorney. The survivor may also be required to testify in open
court if the case were to go to trial. The entire criminal justice
process could last up to one year.
It is in the best interest of the survivor to consider the
following if she or he might enter a criminal complaint.
- After the assault, do not shower, douche, eat, drink, brush
teeth, or smoke.
- Do not wash clothing or bedding as it may be collected for
forensic evidence purposes. Make sure that these items are placed
in a paper bag (not plastic) if collected as evidence.
- Know who you may have discussed the incident with prior to
contacting the police.
- Be prepared to speak about contact history with the