Reporting relationship abuse or a sexual assault can help ensure safety for yourself and for the community. Even if you do not want to make a formal complaint through Student Rights and Responsibilities or file a police report, we encourage you to talk to the Title IX office.
You are entitled to help from the university regardless of whether or not you choose to make a formal conduct complaint or police report.
Remember that your immediate safety and mental health are the most important. Although we encourage you to talk to someone and consider making a report as soon as you feel ready, there is no required timeframe.
If you’re unsure if you want to report an incident or want more details about the options, call the Sexual Response & Consultation (SARC) team at 202-994-7222 or schedule an appointment with the Title IX Coordinator. You will not be required to share more information about your specific situation than you’re comfortable with.
Report an Incident to Title IX
Reporting an incident to the Title IX office means that you are on record with the university so that we can help ensure your safety and the safety of the community. You are entitled to university assistance even if you do not wish to move forward with a formal complaint. You are encouraged to report any incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or relationship abuse to the Title IX office, even if you were not directly involved, and even if you would prefer to remain anonymous.
File a Police Report
Call GWPD at 202-994-6111 to file a report.
A GWPD officer will meet with you and ask you for details about what happened. You can request that a member of the Sexual Response & Consultation (SARC) team or the GWPD’s victims’ service coordinator be present during the conversation for support.
A report filed with GWPD will not automatically start an investigation. Your report will first be reviewed by the victims’ services coordinator or the Title IX Coordinator and and then you will be contacted by them to discuss your options.
Filing a police report can be an important step if you want to seek a protection order through the court system. It can also be helpful, though it is not required, if you want to pursue a student conduct complaint.
If you are interested in criminal charges or a criminal investigation, GWPD can also help you file a report with The Metropolitan Police Department. An MPD report would start a formal investigation.
File a Student Conduct Complaint
A student conduct complaint is a formal statement made to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) to initiate a disciplinary investigation process against a student.
The Title IX Coordinator can help you better understand this process and can help connect you with SRR. You can also contact SRR directly.
Filing a report will start a formal university investigation process.
First you will meet with a representative of SRR to make a formal statement. An investigation or hearing process will then proceed from there.
Complaints Against Staff or Faculty Members
If the accused person is a staff or faculty member, file a formal complaint with GW’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action or the Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator can assist you with this, or you can contact EEO directly.
File an Anonymous or Third Party Report
You are welcome and encouraged to share information about an incident even if you:
were not directly involved in the situation
would like to remain anonymous
Please share whatever information you are comfortable sharing. Even if you do not know all of the relevant details, you are welcome and encouraged to report.
All information submitted will be reviewed by the Title IX office. The university will attempt an investigation of the incident, beginning by reaching out to the complainant (person affected by sexual assault or relationship abuse) to offer assistance and options.
Keep in mind that if not enough relevant facts are provided or the complainant does not participate in the follow up, there may be limited actions available to address the incident.