When you experience sexual violence, you are not to blame. It doesn't matter when it happened, where it happened, or what the circumstances surrounding the incident were. It's not your fault.
By coming forward and reporting your experience, you can make a big difference. You can help make our campus and community safer for everyone—and prevent the person who hurt you from harming anyone else.
There are several avenues you can take to report a sexual violence incident. If you need help sorting through your options or would like help getting the process started, you can contact the Student Advocates Office or the Sexual Assault Crisis Services center at the IU Health Center.
The Sexual Misconduct Resource brochure for IU Bloomington is available to download and print.
Reporting an Incident to Campus Authorities
If you experience sexual violence on campus, you can and should report it to the IU Office of Student Ethics. While this won't initiate criminal action, if the accused is a student, it will open the door to charges filed through the campus student conduct system. This is an administrative process that can result in academic action, up to and including expulsion from IU Bloomington.
Other avenues may be available if the accused is not a student.
If you choose to pursue this option, no-contact and no-trespass orders can be issued so you don't have to face the accused. You can also file a report but decline to pursue an investigation, if that's what you wish.
The office is located at 801 North Jordan Avenue. You can call them at 812-855-5419.
Title IX Coordination
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, sexual violence is considered a form of sexual discrimination. You may file a Title IX sex discrimination complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators.
University Title IX Coordinator
Emily Springston, Chief Student Welfare & Title IX Officer
Title IX Deputy Coordinators
- Libby Spotts, Interim Director, Office of Student Ethics 812-855-5419
- Carol McCord, Associate Dean of Students 812-855-8187
- Julie Knost, University Director of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity 812-855-7559
Reporting an Incident to the Police
You should report your experience to the police as soon as possible after the incident. Police will be more likely to be able to get the evidence they need to make an arrest if you talk to them about what happened while the event is still clear in your memory. The police will interview you about what happened and ask you to have your doctor or another health professional collect medical evidence of the assault.
Reporting the incident to the police does not mean you have to seek prosecution. However, the police will be able take action to keep other students and community members safe.
How to Contact the Police
The IU Police Department responds to incidents on campus and is located at 1469 East 17th Street, and officers are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call them at 812-855-4111 or by dialing 911.
The Bloomington Police Department respond to incidents that take place within the City of Bloomington and is located at 220 East Third Street. You can call them at 812-349-2472 or by dialing 911.
The Sheriff's Department responds to incidents that take place inside Monroe County, but outside Bloomington city limits and is located at 301 North College Avenue. You can call them at 812-349-2742.