Reporting Sexual Assault
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, we can help. The Northeastern University Police Department includes male and female police officers who have undergone special training and are certified in rape investigation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We will provide confidential investigation of cases of sexual assault, discreet transportation to a hospital, information about criminal prosecution and university disciplinary alternatives, so you can make informed decisions.
Reporting a Rape or Sexual Assault
Northeastern University Police Department
Local Police 911
Hotline Telephone Numbers
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Should You Report the Crime?
Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not commit you to further criminal legal action.
Your name will not be made public since Massachusetts law requires that the identity of a sexual assault survivor be kept confidential.
The earlier you report an assault, the easier it will be for the police to investigate the crime and to prosecute the case successfully, if that is your choice. It helps to preserve your options for the future.
If you wish to have the assailant prosecuted, the police and the district attorney's office will handle the legal proceedings without expense to you. You do not need to hire an attorney.
If the assailant is a Northeastern University student, you can file a complaint with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) for possible campus disciplinary action.
Sexual assault victims may opt to pursue their case through OSCCR, the criminal court system, or both.
Students may also request changes to their residential assignment and class schedule in order to avoid their alleged assailant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Information on Rape and Sexual Assault