There are reporting options available to someone who is a student victim of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
UCSD's Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE; formerly known as SARC) offers:
A sexual assault victim has the option to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) (commonly referred to as "rape exam") without filing a police report. This is referred to as a Non Investigative Report (NIR).
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) interviews the victim, collects any physical evidence from the sexual assault, and stores evidence in a secure location using a case number without victim’s name or contact information. Physical evidence will be held for a period of 18 months, then it will be destroyed. The NIR will not trigger an investigation; therefore, no action will be taken against the alleged party as the result of this report. If the victim changes his/her mind and wants to make an investigative report to law enforcement, the victim will sign a release allowing the SANE to release evidence to the police. SARC staff is available to assist students with this process
Student Health Services and Thornton Hospital DO NOT conduct SAFE/NIR Exams. Only one facility in San Diego County, operated by Independent Forensic Services, performs the SAFE/NIR exams.
Any residents of San Diego County who wish to utilize the NIR option can contact the Center for Community Solutions 24-hour hotline (888) 385-4657.
To preserve evidence of the rape:
*If you already cleaned up from the assault, you can still request a non-investigative report.
It is your choice to report a crime. For the quickest response, call 911 to be connected to the nearest police department.
It is your right to have a friend, family member, or sexual assault advocate present with you while talking with the police. You also have the right to have a sexual assault counselor and a support person of your choice present with you during the rape exam.
If you don't know what to do, you can contact the UCSD Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) or the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) and speak confidentially and anonymously with an advocate who can explain more about your options and rights.
A student victim has the choice of reporting the sexual assault to campus administration under the UCSD Sex Offense Policy and UCSD Student Conduct Code. UC San Diego encourages anyone who has experienced a sex offense to report an offense as soon as possible after its occurrence, in order for appropriate and timely action to be taken.
The Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) conducts the investigation as to whether a violation of the Sex Offense Policy took place and the Office of Student Conduct coordinates any further processes. More information can be found in the following document: Hearing Procedures for Alleged Sex Offense, Harassment, or Discrimination Violations.
*You have the right to have a CARE/SARC advocate present with you while making a complaint to campus administration.
Contact the Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE, formerly known as SARC), (858) 534-5793.
You have the right to request a sexual assault forensic exam without reporting to the police.
Consider requesting a Non-Investigative Report (open the drawer on this page to learn more).
Contact SARC at (858) 534-5793 for more information.
Due to the call to action by UC President Janet Napolitano to have a system-wide consistent model for the prevention and response to sexual violence, SARC has changed its name to CARE. See Chancellor Khosla’s announcement for details.