West Chester University strongly encourages prompt reporting of sexual offenses to the police but recognizes that people who experience sexual misconduct have the right to decide whether to file a criminal report with the police, a complaint with the University, an anonymous report, or no report at all.
Here are a few things to know about filing a report:
Those who want to pursue criminal charges against an accused(s) should contact the Department of Public Safety (610-436-3311), or contact the police in the area where the assault took place. Criminal charges can be filed against any type of accused, including non-WCU members. Criminal charges of sexual misconduct are entirely separate from violations of the Student Code of Conduct, which only applies to WCU students. Filing a formal report with the police is necessary when a victim would like to initiate a criminal investigation by the police. Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct may choose to pursue both criminal prosecution and University conduct processes. If the incident occurred off-campus, the WCU Public Safety will assist the complainant in filing the complaint in the appropriate jurisdiction.
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. A Title IX investigation is separate from a criminal investigation by the police and courts. Complainants of any form of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct or gender-based harassment are encouraged to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
Sexual misconduct is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and as such a complainant may make a conduct complaint against a WCU student(s). A conduct hearing is separate from a criminal investigation by the police. The conduct process occurs after the Title IX fact finding investigation. Office of Student Conduct, Contact:
The University strongly encourages those who want to file a report on behalf of themselves or someone else to identify themselves by name, but anonymous reports will be accepted by anyone with knowledge of a sexual misconduct violation.