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Student Frequently Asked Questions on Title IX or Sexual Misconduct

For general questions that apply no matter your status (student, faculty, staff or visitor), see Title IX Frequently Asked Questions.

What do I do if my friend was sexually assaulted?

Will my parents be told?

What if I was drinking alcohol and I am underage?  Will I get in trouble for that if I report?

What about changing residence hall rooms or changing classes? 

What do I do if my friend was sexually assaulted?  

First, know that sexual assault can happen to anyone. Although there is no one response to a traumatic experience, some common reactions can include: self blame; distrust of others; feeling nervous, helpless, fearful, hopeless, or sad; trouble eating or sleeping; having trouble concentrating/focusing; using substances. Second, offer unconditional support, be patient and listen. Avoid making assumptions or suggesting reasons for the assault. Reassure them it was not their fault, help them find appropriate resources, discuss options and ask them what they want to do next. Recognize that some individuals will want to talk about what happened but others will not. Do not pressure them to make decisions or take action. Just let them know that you are there for them. Finally, remember to take care of yourself. Pay attention to how what you learn impacts you. Seek counseling if you need help understanding what has happened and how it makes you feel.

Will my parents be told?

Whether you are the complainant or the accused student, the University's primary relationship is with you and not your parents, unless you are a minor (under the age of 17). However, in the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. University officials will directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student, or in certain instances where a health or safety emergency exist, or if the University determines such communication is necessary. 

What if I was drinking alcohol and I am underage?  Will I get in trouble for that if I report?

The University encourages the reporting of Sexual Misconduct. Sometimes victims and witnesses are hesitant to report because they fear that they themselves may be charged with policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. It is in the best interest of the University for you to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct. To encourage reporting, the University follows a policy of offering victims and witnesses of Sexual Misconduct amnesty from being charged with alcohol or drug-related University policy violations.

What about changing residence hall rooms or changing classes?

We offer interim remedies to make you more comfortable on campus. Talk with the Title IX Coordinators about remedies that may be available to you.