All forms of interpersonal violence are violations of an individual's rights. It is everyone's responsibility in the university community to become sensitive to and educated about the legal, social and university codes regarding behavior in these areas. Students who believe they have been the victims of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence have the right to report the incident in any or all of the following ways:
A victim may file initial reports with law enforcement without filing charges. If a victim decides not to press charges the initial report will still become public record but the victim’s name will not be included.
Under Title IX and OCR, every effort will be made in all Title IX reports and investigation to keep the identifying information of the individuals involved private.
Any Elon University staff or faculty member, including Resident Assistant student staff who become aware of an incident of sexual violence must report the incident to the Title IX Officer. The only staff/faculty who are not mandatory reporters under Title IX are counselors, medical professionals, ordained clergy or victim advocates. These individuals are still required to offer victims/survivors options of support, reporting and care related to interpersonal violence. The Title IX will contact the Coordinator for Violence Response so that the victim/survivor can receive immediate support.
There are some limits to this confidentiality – if a child was involved in the attempted or completed interpersonal violence or if the victim/survivor is currently at risk for fatally harming themselves or others.