There are a number of different options to report for those who have experienced or witnessed sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence or other conduct that violates the Title IX policy.
After an Assault
If you or someone you know has recently been assaulted:
- Go to a safe place as soon as you can.
- Call the Northeastern Police Department.
- Try to preserve all physical evidence.
- Try not to wash your face or hands, bathe, brush your teeth, drink or eat, douche, or change clothes if you can avoid it. If you do change your clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in individual paper bags (not plastic). It is important to preserve as much evidence as possible should you later decide to press criminal charges.
- Seek medical attention. The University Health and Counseling Services (617-373-2772) offers urgent medical and counseling appointments to all students. You also have the right to go to the Emergency Room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Boston Medical Center to meet a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to both collect forensic evidence and provide medical care and support to you. NUPD can provide students with an escort to the hospital.
- When you feel ready, please contact the resources below for ongoing support.
File a Report with the Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator is charged with investigating and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct. We understand the sensitivity surrounding your decision to report. Our goal is to empower you by making you aware of your rights, available support resources and options through the University reporting processes. We will support you with compassion and equity while respecting your privacy.
Reports can be submitted on-line through the Discrimination Complaint Form which exists to assist the complainant in formulating a concise statement of their allegations and is sent directly to the Office for University Equity and Compliance.
Please direct any questions about filing a complaint to:
Assistant Vice President for University Equity and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Richards Hall 125
File an Anonymous Report
You may file an anonymous complaint directly to the Title IX Coordinator and the Office for University Equity and Compliance through the Discrimination Complaint Form. While all complaints will be reviewed, the University’s ability to investigate anonymous reports may be limited when the identity of the complainant is unknown or if there is no way to communicate with the anonymous Complainant.
The Discrimination Complaint Form will allow the reporter to give only the details they are comfortable sharing at the time of the report.
- In order for an Investigator from the OUEC to communicate with a Complainant who anonymously completes a Discrimination Complaint Form, please provide a generic email. This will allow the OUEC to provide available resources to the Complainant, as well as ask unanswered questions that could aid in the investigation of the allegations.
Talk with a Confidential Resource
Northeastern understands that some survivors of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct or other violations of this policy may not be ready or willing to report through a channel that could result in university action. For such individuals, the following confidential resources are available:
The SVRC provides confidential support, prevention, and education services to students dealing with issues related to Prohibited Offenses as defined under Northeastern University Policy. The SVRC focuses on helping students understand their rights and University processes, and makes students aware of support options available to them, both on and off campus, in order to make informed decisions moving forward.
A student reporting to any of the above confidential resources may request complete confidentiality, meaning that the staff in question will not share reported information with University officials without the student’s consent. Please note that these resources may have obligations under University policies, state or federal laws that prevent them from maintaining absolute confidentiality.
Confidential Resource Advisor (CRA)
The Confidential Resource Advisor serves as a resource for members of the Northeastern University community who have had a complaint of discrimination filed against them. You may contact the CRA as a first step or at any point in a University investigative process. The CRA will not tell you what you should or should not do; instead, will provide confidential information, support, and resources for you to explore what next steps would best support you.
Report to Faculty or Staff
All faculty and staff are considered “Mandatory University Reporters” and are required to report information to the Title IX Coordinator. Only those individuals who are statutorily prohibited from reporting, such as health professionals from UHCS and spiritual advisors or clergy do not have a duty to report all incidents. As such, any reports of sexual misconduct made to faculty or staff will be directed to the Title IX Coordinator who will investigate and respond accordingly.
File a Criminal Complaint with the Police
Community members impacted by sexual violence are strongly encouraged to report all allegations of Prohibited Offenses to NUPD as soon as possible, regardless of where the offense took place. NUPD can:
- escort the affected party to a local hospital;
- provide full investigation of reports by specially trained officers;
- offer information about criminal prosecution and University disciplinary alternatives;
- accompany and provide transportation to all court sessions both on and off campus;
- offer assistance in obtaining a Harassment Protection Order; No Contact Order; and/ or Restraining Order through the appropriate system.
Reporting a sexual assault to NUPD does NOT commit the affected party to future legal action.
Please note that NUPD will report incidences of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator so the University may investigate and respond. If the incident is a crime, NUPD will include it in an annual security report without identifying the victim in accordance with the Clery Act.
Northeastern University Police Department
Boston Police Department
One Schroeder Plaza
Boston, MA 02120