If you have experienced a sexual assault or violence in a dating or intimate relationship, the most important thing you can do is get to a safe place. If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible. Before reporting the incident, make sure you get medical attention and preserve evidence of the sexual violence. All people should report an incident of sexual violence—including non-U.S. citizens.
Official Reporting Form
This is the UW Oshkosh OFFICIAL reporting form for sexual violence incidents. When this form is submitted, the University is required to investigate the reported incident.
- Information entered here will be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator (Director of Equity & Affirmative Action), Dean of Students, Counseling Center, and the Campus Victim Advocate.
- All appropriate steps will be taken to respect the privacy of the individuals involved, while maintaining the ability of the University to investigate the incident and take appropriate action.
- University employees (other than confidential employees working in the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, and Campus Victim Advocate) are required by law to report any incidents of sexual violence they witness or learn of, and to provide all relevant information.
Confidential Reporting Form
This is the UW Oshkosh CONFIDENTIAL reporting form for sexual violence incidents.
- Information entered here will be submitted to the Campus Victim Advocate and the Director of the Counseling Center and will not be shared with any other individuals or offices without your permission.
- If you wish to make an official report, please use the other form.
- If you are a UW-Oshkosh employee who has knowledge about the sexual assault of a student, you must use the official form. (Only Student Health Center or Counseling Center employees serve as confidential reporters.)
Preserve Evidence of the Sexual Violence or Encounter
While you might be tempted to try to erase all signs of what happened to you, it’s important to preserve the evidence. You may need it to provide proof of criminal activity or to obtain a protection order. DO NOT do any of the following things until you’ve gotten medical attention and/or contacted the police.
- Bathe or shower
- Use the restroom
- Change clothes
- Comb hair
- Clean up the crime scene
- Move anything the offender may have touched
- Try to collect evidence yourself.
DO get help from medical or law enforcement personnel as soon as possible. During your medical examination, a forensic exam (SANE exam) can be done upon your request. Even if you are unsure at this time if you want to report, evidence can be preserved for future use.
Deciding whether or not to report an incident isn’t easy.
Feel free to take your time with the decision to report. For your medical well being we highly encourage you to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Upon your request, physical evidence can be collected at the time of your medical exam. This does not require you to speak to the police or make a criminal report. If you would like to speak with a resource prior to making your decision to report please contact the Campus Victim Advocate. They will be able to assist you in defining the process and deciding how you wish to proceed. The Campus Victim Advocate can help you whether you decide to report or not. If you do decide to officially report the event, you have several options. You can:
Report it to campus police or local law enforcement
Report the event through the student conduct system (Dean of Students Office)
File a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator(s) on your campus
If you do report the event to campus authorities, you can ask them to help you notify law enforcement. You can also decline to involve the police.
Medical Amnesty — also known as the 911 Lifeline or 911 Good Samaritan Law in some states — is a state-wide law which grants intoxicated minors a limited legal immunity when they seek help for themselves or another individual who is in need of immediate medical attention.
To read Wisconsin’s Law: 2015 Wisconsin Act 279
- Alcohol related unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death among young people in the United States.
- A Cornell University study concluded that while 19% of college students reported that help probably should have been called for a highly intoxicated individual they were with, only 4% actually made the call
- 68% of teens report they fear getting in trouble and being cited by law enforcement when they drink
UW Oshkosh’s Related Policy
If a student seeks assistance from University officials (e.g. residence hall staff) or seeks medical attention due to a level of intoxication which reasonably appears to create serious risk to the individual, the University will impose educational, but not disciplinary sanctions against the student for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct.
Also, students who actively assist in obtaining assistance/medical attention for individuals who are highly intoxicated, will not receive disciplinary sanctions, BUT may receive educational sanctions, for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct.
To read UW Oshkosh Policy: University Police Medical Safety Policy – Alcohol