Individuals have many options with regard to reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including reporting to the University of Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Police Department, and to various campus authorities. Additionally, victims have recourse through the civil and criminal court systems by seeking orders of protection, no-contact directive, and other similar court orders. Victims also have the option to decline to notify authorities.
The University urges anyone who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to seek support as soon as possible to minimize and treat physical and psychological harm, assist with processing the unique and complex emotional aftermath, help preserve evidence and understand options for pressing charges. Even for individuals who do not want to make a report to the police or pursue disciplinary action, seeking medical attention is important. Victims should be aware of the importance of preserving evidence, which may be necessary to prove criminal sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, or to obtain an order of protection.