Reporting to Police
If you have been sexually assaulted, stalked, or have experienced relationship violence (dating or domestic violence), USU encourages you to consider filing a report with law enforcement. USU Police are available 24/7 and will help direct you to the appropriate law enforcement agency if your incident falls outside of USU Police jurisdiction.
Reporting to law enforcement is a criminal and legal procedure, not an administrative one such as the university's Title IX process. USU Police have full-time confidential victim advocates to assist you throughout the process.
The standard of evidence necessary to move a case forward in a criminal prosecution is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The appropriate agency will create a report of your incident and discuss with you the different options that you have related to conducting a criminal investigation. These investigations can include the collection of evidence and gathering witness statements from involved parties and any witnesses. If you are wishing to pursue criminal charges, the completed investigation will then be turned over to the County Attorney’s Office for a screening of the applicable charges. The County Attorney's Office will decide if the case moves forward with prosecution.
If you file a report with the USU Police Department, USU's Title IX Coordinator will be notified and all the information gathered throughout the police investigation will be provided to the Title IX Coordinator. You can pursue either a university administrative complaint process (Title IX process) or a criminal process through local law enforcement, or both at the same time.