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Reporting Options

There are reporting options available to someone who is a student victim of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

The Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC) offers:

  • Informal but confidential advising
  • Crisis counseling
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Accompaniment to police interviews, medical evidentiary exams, court dates, and student judicial hearings
  • Advocacy on your behalf with regard to academic and housing concerns
  • Assistance in reviewing options found in the UCSD Sex Offense Policy(the University's official policy and procedures used when a UCSD student is a victim of sexual assault).

Non-Investigative Reporting (NIR) for Sexual Assaults

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.

  • UCSD students who want to utilize the NIR option should contact SARC (858-534-5793 or after hours: 858-534-HELP) to determine the appropriate medical facility for the exam.

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:

  • Do not wash your hands or face.
  • Do not shower or bathe.
  • Do not brush your teeth.
  • Do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place.

*If you already cleaned up from the assault, you can still request a non-investigative report.

  • It is your right to have a friend, family member, or sexual assault advocate present with you during the rape exam.

Reporting to the Police

It is your choice to report a crime. For the quickest response, call 911 to be connected to the nearest police department.

  • If you want your assailant to be held criminally accountable, call 911 immediately to report what occurred. The police may request that you have a medical evidentiary exam.
You can report the assault and later choose not to pursue the criminal case.
  • If you choose not to report the assault immediately, you can still do so at a later time, but there may be less physical evidence against the attacker if you report it later.
    • To preserve evidence of the rape:
      • Do not wash your hands or face.
      • Do not shower or bathe.
      • Do not brush your teeth.
      • Do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place.
    • If you already cleaned up from the assault, you can still report the crime, and the police will take a report and investigate.

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.

Reporting to UCSD Campus Administration

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 SARC advocate present with you while making a complaint to campus administration. 

Questions or concerns?

Contact the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC), (858) 534-5793.

Know Your Rights

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.

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