Sexual Violence

What is Sexual Violence?

Indiana University defines sexual violence as "physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual disability or other disability."

Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Sex without consent is sexual assault.

Read the University's definition of consent.

What To Do if You Experience or Witness Sexual Violence. 

Know the Facts. You can choose to pursue the case through the Student Conduct process or can choose to not pursue the case.

Get Help. There are several resources available on campus to help you make the best choice for you. The Office for Sexual Assault Prevention and Victim Advocacy, SACS, and the Dean of Students office all have trained staff available to meet with you, listen to your story, and provide you options and resources.

File a Report. The University strongly encourages individuals to report sexual assault and relationship violence to appropriate officials. It is the only way that action can be taken against an alleged violator of the policy.

What Happens When You File a Report

Per the Code and Federal Law (Title IX), the University must investigate all reports of sexual misconduct where a student is involved, regardless of where the alleged violation occurred.

During the investigation, students will hear a detailed explanation of the campus judicial procedures for sexual misconduct. All student participants will have the opportunity to discuss the incident and/or present all relevant information and witness names, view university case files with 24-hour notification, and ask questions regarding the case or procedures.

Based on the information presented, the Office of Student Conduct will complete its investigation (getting your account of the alleged incident, speaking with witnesses, reviewing any related documentation, etc.), and a formal judicial conference will be scheduled.

The investigation and judicial conference will be concluded within 60 days of the report.

How Are Reports Received?

Any person (including, but not limited to police, IU officials, residence hall staff, and students) may report alleged violations of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. To file a report, click here.