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.
The Sexual Misconduct Resource brochure for IU Northwest 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 Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. While this won't initiate criminal action, if the accused is a student, it will open the door to disciplinary action through the campus student conduct system. 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.
To make an appointment, call 219-980-6586.
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 using one of the resources below:
University Title IX Coordinator
Emily Springston, Chief Student Welfare & Title IX Officer
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Aneesah Ali, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs
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
Responds to incidents on campus.
For help, call 219-980-6501 or dial 911
Responds to incidents in the City of Gary.
For help, call 219-881-1201 or dial 911
Responds to incidents in Lake County outside the City of Gary.
For help, call 219-755-3300 or dial 911