Reporting Options

Individuals have the option of reporting an incident to the university, reporting an incident to the police, both, or none.  Reports allows us to provide options and support services to the individual who has experienced the misconduct and it also allows us to build a safer campus.  Students are encouraged to report their experiences even if they occurred off campus and regardless of who the perpetrator's identity.

Complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation by a University student against another University student shall be treated as a disciplinary matter and shall be reported to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs in the Dean of Students Office. In cases where the students involved are students of the School of Law or School of Medicine, reports should be directed to the Dean of Students for the respective area.  For information on how to file a complaint against a member of the UM community who is not a student please click here.

Filing a report with the University does not automatically mean that formal disciplinary action will be taken.  It is up to the survivor to decide if and how to participate in an investigation.

  • Reporting to the Police is particularly important if you think you may want to seek legal action against the offender.  In an emergency, dial 911.  If not an emergency, contact UMPD at 305-284-6666.
  • Reporting to the University helps ensure you are aware of all the options and resources available to you through the university system. If you are concerned about the consequences of reporting, the Dean of Students Office staff will talk you through all of your options, including confidential reporting and the formal disciplinary process.  For more information contact Maria Sevilla or Dean Nikki Abramson at 305-284-5353.   

To file a report of sexual misconduct through our confidential, online reporting system click here.

Note: In order to encourage reporting of these issues, amnesty may be granted to students who in reporting an incident , or in the course of collaborating in a sexual misconduct investigation, disclose that at the time of the incident they may have violated portions of the Alcohol or Illegal Drugs policies, or other policies herein.

For example, a charge for personal consumption of alcohol in violation of the policies outlined in this handbook will not be applied to a student who, in reporting an incident of sexual misconduct or gender discrimination, reports that they were under the influence of alcohol at the time when they were the target of the misconduct. This policy is designed to encourage reporting and it is not intended to be used as a defense after a student is found to have been in violation of University policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when someone reports an incident or concern to DOSO?
What is the disciplinary process associated with sexual misconduct?
When and how will the Dean of Students Office investigate complaints/reports?
Confidentiality Myths

What happens when someone reports an incident or concern to DOSO?

 UM has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct and we take each report of such behavior extremely seriously. As I explained during our meeting, we offer several services designed to empower students to overcome sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.
We have a formal disciplinary judicial process available to students who want to seek university disciplinary action against their aggressor. In addition, we have an array of support services and administrative accommodations that can be made available to the student even if s/he does not want to engage in the formal disciplinary process. The Rights & Responsibilities Handbook contains a detailed description of the formal disciplinary process. The support services and accommodations, which are case specific, may include: issuance of no contact orders; access restrictions; on-site crisis counseling; long term counseling referrals; residential relocation aid; assistance revising schedules, etc.
In addition, students have the option of reporting the misconduct to local authorities. You can reach UM Police at 305-284-3156.
Once DOSO becomes aware that a student may have experienced sexual misconduct or gender discrimination, DOSO will reach out to the reporting/ affected student to schedule an informal meeting to review their options and resources. In addition, if deemed necessary, immediate steps will be taken to ensure the student and community are safe.
All students, even those who do not wish to engage the formal disciplinary process may receive services from DOSO and the University.

What is the disciplinary process associated with sexual misconduct?

When a student complainant choses to engage with the formal disciplinary process, the Disciplinary Procedures for Reported Sexual Misconduct or Gender Discrimination will be used to address the alleged violation. A full description of the Sexual Misconduct & Gender Discrimination Policies and Procedures is available here.
When a student complainant declines to engage with the formal disciplinary process, the university will use all the information available to determine whether additional action is necessary. Unless the university concludes that the accused poses a threat to the greater campus, the University will respect the complainant’s expressed preference and will not engage in any additional action.

When and how will the Dean of Students Office investigate complaints/reports?

A member of the DOSO staff will always investigate reports of sex-based violence to the greatest extent possible. This does not mean that the accused student will always be charged with violating the University’s policy or sanctioned; however, it does mean that a transparent, comprehensive investigation will always take place to ensure that both the reporting student and community at large are protected from further violence.

Confidentiality Myths

IF YOU REPORT A CONCERN OR INCIDENT, WE WILL CONTACT YOUR PARENTS
FALSE! We will not contact your parents

IF YOU REPORT A CONCERN OR INCIDENT, WE WILL CONTACT THE POLICE
FALSE! We will not contact the police unless you request we assist you in doing so

SPEAKING TO SOMEONE IN DOSO WILL AUTOMATICALLY TRIGGER THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
FALSE! We will not automatically trigger the formal disciplinary process against a person or organization

WE WILL SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE UNIVERSITY
FALSE! Privacy laws prevent the university from sharing any information, unless mandated by court order

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