You have rights and options. Below is some basic information on reporting. OVA believes that the decision to report should be the choice of the victim/survivor and OVA will support victims/survivors in whatever decision they decide is best for them.
It is common to have questions about reporting processes. OVA can discuss reporting options and what to expect in a process to assist the victim/survivor in making an informed decision that they decide is best for them. In addition to offering counseling, if the victim/survivor decides to participate in a reporting process OVA can be an advocate throughout the process. OVA is NOT the office that investigates or adjudicates cases. OVA staff are advocate counselors who are informed about the different reproting optoins and are a resource to help survivors explore their options.
Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC): Incidents of protected class harassment and discrimination (experiences of bias), sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner abuse, stalking), and related retaliation can be reported to the OIEC. OIEC can address concerns of this nature when the person who perpetrated the behavior is affiliated with CU Boulder (student, faculty, or staff). OIEC can address concerns through a formal investigation OR a policy compliance meeting (which does not include an investigation but focuses on education and intervention to stop the behavior). In cases of a finding of a policy violation OIEC will put sanctions in place through the university. OIEC’s process is separate from the criminal justice system and is administrative through the university. In some cases OIEC may need to make a limited report to the police if there are certain safety concerns. In addition to conducting investigations, OIEC can also provide safety and supportive measures including no contact orders, academic remedial measures, and more. Click here to learn more about OIEC's process and procedures.
To file a report you can contact OIEC directly at 303-492-2127, complete an online report with OIEC, or work with the Office of Victim Assistance to provide advocacy in the reporting process. If you are unsure about reporting, please contact OVA and we can talk through the OIEC process with you confidentially to assist you in your decision making process.
Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR): Incidents of assault, hazing, and other offenses (not covered by OIEC) perpetrated by students can be reported to the SCCR. SCCR has an informal and formal resolution process and can put no contact orders in place. In cases of a formal process that a violation of the student code of conduct was found, SCCR will put in place sanctions through the university. Please go to the SCCR website to learn more about the SCCR process. To make a report to SCCR please contact SCCR directly at 303-492-5550, make an online reporto SCCR, or contact OVA for advocacy in the reporting process. In addition SCCR offers opportunities for conflict resolution and restorative justice. If you are unsure about reporting, please contact OVA and we can talk through the SCCR process with you confidentially to assist you in your decision making process.
* While a lawyer is not required to make a report to OIEC or SCCR, you have the right to seek legal advice or representation at any time.
*The victim/ survivor can have an advocate from the Office of Victim Assistance or another accompanying support person present during meetings with OIEC or SCCR.
You have options in reporting to the police. To report to the police call 911 or call the police department where the crime occurred. The first step will include talking to a police officer. Options include an informational report, an investigation, and or charges are filed. Throughout a reporting process you can have an advocate present with you. In addition if charges are filed, there are certain standards (Victims Rights) about how you are to be informed and included in this process. Consult the police in your jurisdiction, the Boulder County DA (303-441-3700), the CU police department, or the Office of Victim Assistance for more information. If you are unsure about reporting to the police, please contact OVA and we can talk through the reporting process with you confidentially to assist you in your decision making process.
* While a lawyer is not required to participate in the criminal justice reporting process, you have the right to seek legal advice or representation at any time.
*The victim/ survivor can have an advocate from the Office of Victim Assistance present for interviews, accompaniment to court, or assistance in navigating the criminal justice system.
Much of the policy that governs behavior inside the university derives from various Federal and State laws, so you may decide to seek recourse against an individual or organization under those laws. In the case of Federal law, the Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are among the Federal agencies responsible for enforcing these laws.
In bringing a civil case, you have the right to contact a lawyer with expertise in that area of law and seek legal advice at anytime.
Click here to make a confidential report to the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA). This submission will only be seen by a confidential advocate counselor at OVA. This submission does not notify the university and no investigative action will be taken. If you would like an OVA confidential advocate counselor to contact you please include your contact information and an OVA confidential advocate counselor will outreach to you directly. OVA is here to be a resource to you.
There are other entities active on and around campus that have their own standards of behavior and sanctioning processes, like ROTC, and fraternities or sororities. The Office of Victim Assistance can assist you in assessing and interacting with these systems as well.
Frequently asked questions:
I want to report; what do I do now? Contact OVA if you would like an OVA advocate to be present with you for the reporting process. If you want to make a report without the involvement of OVA, you can contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC), the Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR), or the police department directly. If you are unsure which office to contact to make a report to, contact OVA for assistance.
I am unsure if I want to report; what should I do now? It is common for people to be unsure if they want to report. Contact OVA for a confidential place to talk, ask questions, get information, and explore options. OVA will support you in whatever you decide is the best decision for you.
I do not want to report; what are my options? Regardless if you decide to report or not you have rights and options. Please contact OVA to discuss counseling and advocacy services which can include academics, employment, housing, and other forms of advocacy including safety planning.
How is OVA different from the OIEC (Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance)? OIEC and OVA are independent and separate resources at CU Boulder. While some of the issues that our two offices address overlap and we often coordinate services, our roles are uniquely different. This document explains more about those distinctions to help people determine what options are available and best for them.