Indiana University takes seriously and responds to all reports of sexual misconduct and is concerned about the increased number of sexual assault reports involving students this semester. Nearly all of the reports so far this year involve people who are known to each other, but where consent was reportedly not given for sexual activity. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Consent cannot be assumed based on a prior relationship or any prior sexual activity. Many of the reports involve alcohol and/or substance use. If someone is unable to understand the facts, nature, extent, or implications of the situation due to drugs, alcohol, being asleep or unconscious - they cannot consent to sexual activity.
We encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct to make a report. We also have Confidential Employees who can connect students with resources and explain the reporting and complaint processes on a confidential basis, including confidential victim advocates on the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses.
Maintaining the privacy of those who report sexual misconduct and of anyone involved in an investigation is a key part of the university’s process. For more information about the university’s process for notices and alerts go to: https://protect.iu.edu/police-safety/clery/index.html