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 WCU judicial report with the Office of Student Conduct, a sexual harassment complaint with the Office of Social Equity, an informal report, an anonymous report, or no report at all.
Here are a few things to know about filing a report:
Anyone can file a report whether they are a victim, witness, or concerned third party.
Victims have the option to file a criminal report with the police, a campus judicial report with the Office of Student Conduct or a Title IX report with the Office of Social Equity.
Filing a report does not mean that you have to be involved in a police investigation, go to court, or talk to the perpetrator.
A victim or witness who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of a sexual misconduct incident generally will not face disciplinary charges from the University or from the Department of Public Safety for underage drinking or drug use.
A victim has the right to request a victim advocate to go with them when filing a report with the police or with the University. You can contact the University victim advocate at 610-436-0732 or call the Crime Victims' Center of Chester County to request a victim advocate (610-692-7273).
The intentional filing of a false report will not be tolerated. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to make an intentionally false report of any policy violation, and it may also violate state criminal laws and civil defamation laws.