There are many options when it comes to reporting incidents of assault, violence, and harassment. Advocates from The Aurora Center can help you before and throughout the reporting process. You can report to law enforcement, the University Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action office, leaders of an academic department or student organization, etc.
If you'd like to file a police report with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD), the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), the St. Paul Police Department (SPPD), or another law enforcement agency, we recommend contacting The Aurora Center. Advocates can meet you at the police station or arrange an officer to meet you at our comfortable offices to file a report.
Learn more about UMPD's role in investigating sexual assault reports here.
Students, staff, faculty, parents, and community members may also report incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking (all are Title IX violations) to the Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action in person or online. You can report anonymously if desired.
EOAA follows up on all (non-anonymous) reports they receive by emailing the impacted party (Complainant) with resources and reporting information. They can investigate incidents if desired by the Complainant under their Formal Grievance Process. They will not investigate a report if not requested by the Complainant, except in situations where the accused (Respondent) is reported to have committed the misconduct in their role as a UMN employee, or if there is a larger campus safety threat (multiple victims, weapons involved, etc.).
If EOAA conducts an investigation where the Respondent is a student, EOAA shares the finding with the Office for Community Standards (OCS). OCS then determines sanctions based on the investigation and informs the reporting party and accused student. Either party may request a hearing for further review of the incident and outcome.
EOAA and Aurora offer other informal options to help address sexual misconduct besides formal investigations. Contact us to discuss these options and how they might align with your goals.
To learn more about University policies on sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or sexual harassment, and/or how to report or respond to these incidents, visit: