The University encourages those who have experienced a sex offense, relationship violence, and/or stalking to report these incidents to both local law enforcement and to Campus Safety Services. Victims have the right, however, not to provide a statement to either local law enforcement or Campus Safety Services.

Filing a report does not necessarily obligate a victim to pursue disciplinary or criminal charges. Although the local police and University officials (including Campus Safety Services) have an obligation to protect the community from those who have engaged in crimes of violence, including sex offenses, relationship violence, and/or stalking, they are also mindful of to the needs and desires of victims when addressing any alleged offenses. There may be instances in which law enforcement bodies pursue charges without the cooperation of the victim.

Victims are welcome to have a friend, support person, or the Program Coordinator from VPAC with them when meeting with an officer to file a report. Additionally, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has 24-hour Face-to-Face Advocacy program to provide support and information to a victim at the police department and/or Campus Safety. Any student who wishes to receive more information on reporting processes, discuss pros and cons of reporting, and/or obtain resource/referral information are encouraged to contact VPAC at 216.397.CALL (2255).