Reporting Options

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Survivors have the right- and the choice - to report

Someone who has experienced harm from sexual violence, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and/or invasion of privacy (SVSH) has the right – and the choice – to report it to the University, to the police, to both, or not at all. 

UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu | Phone: 510-643-7985 | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu

Contact the UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) to report a violation of campus policy involving sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, stalking, and/or invasion of privacy (SVSH). 

PATH to Care Center (Confidential Resource)

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For urgent 24/7 support, call the Care Line at 510-643-2005.

To make an appointment, call 510-642-1988 | Website: care.berkeley.edu

Reporting can be a complicated and intensely personal decision; survivors are encouraged to consult a confidential resource about reporting options and processes. Seeking support through PATH to Care does not trigger a report to law enforcement or the campus; a report will not be made unless the survivor chooses to do so. Survivors have the right to be accompanied by an advocate during all stages of reporting and investigation.  

Reporting to UC Berkeley & requesting interim measures

Overview of Reporting a Campus Policy Violation

The University has the ability to hold faculty, staff, and students accountable for sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH) policy violations after conducting fair and appropriate investigation & adjudication processes.  Persons found responsible for SVSH violations can face penalties up to and including academic suspension or expulsion and suspension or termination from employment.  The University can also provide support and make accommodations for survivors of SVSH to help preserve their ability to attend school and/or work.

How to Make a Report

Contact the UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) to report a violation of campus policy involving sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, stalking, and/or invasion of privacy (SVSH). 

OPHD is UC Berkeley’s Title IX office, working to ensure a campus environment free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.  OPHD oversees the processes for the investigation and resolution of SVSH complaints against faculty, staff and students, whether they occur on or off campus.

A complainant is anyone who is the alleged subject of conduct prohibited by the UC Policy on SVSH, including retaliation. A respondent is any person who is alleged to have engaged in Prohibited Conduct and about whom a report of sexual violence, sexual harassment, other prohibited behavior, or retaliation is made. For more information, see the Definitions sections of the UC Policy on SVSH.

A complainant may request an administrative investigation from Title IX, whether or not a report has been filed with the police.

UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination/ Campus Title IX Office (Reporting Resource) 

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu | Phone: 510-643-7985 | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu

Support during the reporting process

PATH to Care can provide assistance to complainants during the reporting and investigation process.  Advocates can help identify Universtity and community-based options for support to meet a variety of needs.  This might include academic or workplace accomodations, safe housing assistance, safety planning and other basic needs.

Please see the Interim Measure section of the UC SVSH Policy

Reporting to law enforcement

IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911

For emergencies on-campus, you can also call the University of California Police Department (UCPD) emergency line (510) 642-3333.

Overview of Reporting to Police

The police can document and investigate crimes involving SVSH, and with sufficient evidence they can present the case to the District Attorney to consider for prosecution. Persons convicted of crimes might be subject to court-ordered restrictions, fines and imprisonment.  Whether or not they choose to pursue a criminal investigation, survivors may be eligible for additional protections by applying to the Superior Court of California for a civil restraining order.

Reporting can be a complicated decision; survivors are encouraged to consult a confidential resource, such as the PATH to Care Center, about reporting options and processes. Seeking support through PATH to Care does not trigger a report to law enforcement or the campus; a report will not be made unless the survivor chooses to do so. Survivors have the right to be accompanied by an advocate and/or an emotional support person during all stages of reporting and investigation.

Report to Law Enforcement and Request Prosecution

To report a crime involving sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, stalking, and/or invasion of privacy (SVSH) that occurred on University property, contact the University of California Police Department (UCPD)

UCPD provides public safety and law enforcement services on and near the Berkeley campus and its associated nearby properties. UCPD responds to emergencies and other calls for service 24/7, and documents and investigates crimes involving SVSH.  UCPD can also help coordinate investigations with other law enforcement agencies.

File a Criminal Report with Law Enforcement without Requesting Prosecution

In some cases, reports to law enforcement may be made for documentation purposes only. Ultimately, the decision to prosecute will be made by the District Attorney, although the cooperation of the victim is usually considered necessary.

University of California Police Department, Berkeley:

1 Sproul Hall | 24-hour non-emergency: 510-642-6760 | Website: ucpd.berkeley.edu

To report a crime involving SVSH that occurred somewhere else besides University property, contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction at that location.  Here are a few nearby police departments:

City of Berkeley Police Department

2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way | 24-hour non-emergency: 510-981-5900 | ci.berkeley.ca.us/police

City of Oakland Police Department

455 7th Street, Oakland | 24-hour non-emergency: 510-777-3333 | oaklandca.gov/departments/police

City of Albany Police Department

1000 San Pablo Ave., Albany | 24/7 non-emergency: 510-525-7300 | albanyca.org/departments/police-department

Preserving evidence for reporting

Evidence collection is a police process to collect and preserve possible evidence of a violent crime, and can only be done at approved sites within the county where the incident occurred.  If a survivor of relationship violence or sexual assault is considering or wants to pursue criminal charges immediately or in the future, it is best if forensic evidence collection is conducted soon after an incident (usually within the first 72 hours, the earlier the better). You can call the 24-hour Care Line: 510-643-2005 for a confidential advocate to support you in receiving medical care and/or pursuing evidence collection, and reporting to local police. The closest approved site for evidence collection in Alameda County is Highland Hospital.  If you are interested in having evidence collected:

• If possible, leave the area where the harm occurred undisturbed.

• It is recommended not to shower, bathe, wash hands, eat, drink or brush teeth.

• If possible, place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag (no plastic).

If possible, you may also choose to save text messages, records of phone calls, emails, pictures, notes, and gifts as evidence for a report.

Reporting to both law enforcement and UC Berkeley

Survivors have the right to report to both law enforcement and to the university. It is important to know that these two processes are separate and distinct. Due to privacy laws and jurisdictional issues, law enforcement is not always able to share reports of sexual assault or dating/domestic violence with the University. If a survivor has reported to law enforcement and also wishes to report to the University in an administrative process separate from the criminal process, they have the option to also report their complaint to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD).

The PATH to Care Center may offer support and assistance coordinating interviews with both the University and law enforcement to reduce the number of times a survivor must recount their experience for reporting purposes.

Anonymous reporting options

An anonymous report occurs when the person making the report does not include their name or any other information that might identify them.  “Anonymous” is not the same as “confidential.”

Anonymous reporting to the University

The University accepts anonymous reports, but may be limited in its ability to take action, and cannot guarantee it will be investigated.  The UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) will consider anonymous reports on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with laws and policies relevant to the report. 

To hold someone accountable for an alleged violation, the University must validate and corroborate statements and evidence, which may not be possible in the case of an anonymous report.  In some cases, the University might be obliged to try to identify the anonymous reporter. 

To coordinate anonymous reporting to the University, contacting the PATH to Care Center, a confidential resource, is recommended.

Anonymous reporting to the police

Depending on the situation there are a variety of ways the police might handle anonymous reports.  Investigation and prosecution of crimes often relies on the willingness of the crime victim and/or witnesses to cooperate and provide identifying information. In some cases the police might be able to independently establish sufficient facts and evidence for a criminal justice outcome, but this is not common.  Sometimes the police might only evaluate anonymous reports for the need to send officers to handle immediate public safety threats or crimes in progress. 

Regardless, many police departments provide ways for people to submit anonymous reports.  To make a non-emergency anonymous report to the University of California Police Department, Berkeley (UCPD), you can send an e-mail or text using the CalTIP service: cal@tipnow.com or (text) 510-664-8477.

Website: ucpd.berkeley.edu/campus-safety/report-crime/caltip

Confidential sexual assault medical exams

Some law enforcement agencies – including UCPD – will approve the collection of evidence through an official sexual assault exam before a survivor decides whether or not to file a criminal report. In Alameda County these exams are only conducted at Highland Hospital (Oakland) or Washington Hospital (Fremont) by specially trained medical personnel who are part of the county Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).
A survivor who wishes to preserve potential evidence but has not yet decided about making a full police report can go to Highland Hospital and request a SART exam. Medical staff will determine if it is appropriate to conduct the exam, and if so, they will contact law enforcement to request approval.

UCPD will ask to confirm that the crime occurred in UCPD’s jurisdiction, and will document any other information the survivor is willing to provide. UCPD will provide a case number that the survivor can later use if they decide to file a crime report.

Medical providers are required by law to provide the survivor’s name and contact information to the police, but law enforcement will keep this information confidential (per §6254 of the California Government Code). The evidence collected during the SART exam will not be tested immediately, but
instead preserved by UCPD for at least 30 days so that the survivor can decide whether or not to seek a criminal investigation.

Highland Hospital

1411 E. 31st Street, Oakland | Phone: 510-437-4800 | alamedahealthsystem.org

Washington Hospital

2000 Mowry Ave, Fremont | Phone: 510-797-1111 | whhs.com

PATH to Care can also provide confidential support and guidance on this topic – call the Care line at 510-643-2005.

For more information about forensic evidence collection, visit the Support for Survivors page.

Obtaining protective orders

Obtaining a civil restraining order

Survivors may be able to apply for a restraining order to help protect them from ongoing violence and harassment, including physical or sexual assault and stalking.  Restraining orders are issued by the civil division of the Superior Court and do not require a criminal investigation or prosecution. A restrained person can be ordered not to contact the protected person, and to stay away from the protected person(s) and their home, workplace or other important locations. A person who violates these orders may be subject to arrest and subsequent criminal penalties. 

There are several types of civil restraining orders, each for addressing different types of violence or harassment.  For more information visit the California Courts web page on Abuse & Harassment: courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-abuse.htm

Emergency Protective Order (EPO): An Emergency Protective Order (EPO) is a special kind of civil restraining order that can only be issued when law enforcement encounters a situation involving domestic/dating violence (which might include sexual violence) or stalking and there is an expectation that harm might continue to occur.  An EPO is only valid for up to 7 days, to give the survivor time to apply for a standard civil restraining order and take other steps to improve their safety.

The Family Violence Law Center (http://fvlc.org/) offers free legal assistance with applying for restraining orders and can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-947-8301.

PATH to Care can also provide confidential support and guidance on this topic.

Obtaining a campus no-contact directive

In some circumstances the UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) may be able to issue a mutual campus no-contact directive, which can temporarily restrict campus affiliated persons from contacting or being within a specified distance from one another during an investigation or another official process. Unlike civil restraining orders, someone who simply disobeys a campus no-contact directive cannot be arrested.  However, the University can impose additional administrative penalties for a violation.

If you decide to file a report of an SVSH policy violation with the University, or if you already have, contact OPHD for more information about obtaining a campus no-contact directive: 

UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (Reporting Resource) 

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu | Phone: 510-643-7985 | ophd.berkeley.edu

Responsible employees' reporting obligations

All UC Berkeley employees:

All UC Berkeley employees required to notify OPHD when, in the course of their job, they receive allegations of SVSH harm prohibited by the UC Policy on SVSH experienced by students.

Faculty, Human Resources, Academic Personnel, managers and supervisors, and campus police:

Any University employee who is not a Confidential Resource and who receives, in the course of employment, information that a student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) has suffered sexual violence, sexual harassment or other prohibited behavior is required to promptly notify the UC Berkeley Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). This includes Resident Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and all other student employees, when disclosures are made to any of them in their capacities as employees.

In addition, the following who, in the course of employment, receive a report of Prohibited Conduct from any other person affiliated with the University  must notify OPHD:

  • Campus Police
  • Human Resource Administrators, Academic Personnel, and Title IX Professionals
  • Managers and Supervisors including Deans, Department Chairs, and Directors of Organized Research Units (ORU)
  • Faculty members

Only a few specific campus resources are exempt from this duty, and they are available to provide confidential guidance and support regarding SVSH policy violations:

  • Confidential Advocates at the PATH to Care Center
  • Counselors at UHS Social Services
  • Counselors at Be Well at Work Employee Assistance
  • Ombudspersons in the Ombuds Office for Students and Post-Doctoral Appointees
  • Ombudspersons in the Staff Ombuds Office

To learn more about Responsible Employee obligations, visit “How to be a Responsible Employee.”

Whistleblower Hotline

University-wide Whistleblower Information: chancellor.berkeley.edu/services/whistleblower

Privacy

According to the UC Policy on SVSH (2019): 

"The University must balance the privacy interests of people involved in
a report of Prohibited Conduct against the need to gather information, ensure a fair process, and stop, prevent and remedy Prohibited Conduct. In this context, the University tries to protect people’s privacy to the extent permitted by law and University policies. The University protects the privacy of personally identifiable information per all applicable state and federal privacy laws, and University policies." 

Disclaimer: The text found on this page is not a formal part of the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) or the PACAOS Appendix E: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Student Investigation and Adjudication Framework(link is external). The information found here should be considered one of many resources available to students when navigating these processes, policies, and procedures. Where differences occur between these pages and University policy, University policy and procedure govern.

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For emergencies, call 911.

Helping someone else

Urgent 24/7 Support Care Line: 510-643-2005

Contact the confidential PATH to Care Center.

Reporting to UC Berkeley

Contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.

For emergencies on-campus, you can call the UC Police Department (UCPD) emergency line 510-642-3333.