If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the GW Police Department.
If you are not in immediate danger, call GW Sexual Assault Response & Consultation (SARC) for help.
Reporting sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and stalking can help to ensure safety for yourself and for the GW community. Even if you do not want to file a Formal Complaint through the university or file a police report, we encourage you to talk to the Title IX Office to learn about your options so that you can make an informed decision about your best next step.
You are entitled to help (or “supportive measures”) from the university regardless of whether you choose to file a Formal Complainant or pursue a Formal Resolution of your case.
If you would like more details about your options, please call the Sexual Response and Consultation (SARC) team at 202-994-7222 or schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Christina Franzino.
Reporting an Incident to Title IX
You are encouraged to report any incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and stalking to the Title IX Office even if you were not directly involved and even if you wish to remain anonymous.
File a Police Report
Call GWPD at 202-994-6111 to file a report.
A GWPD officer will meet with you and ask you for details about what happened. You can request that a member of the Sexual Response & Consultative (SARC) team or The Office of Advocacy and Support be present during the conversation for support.
A report filed with GWPD will not automatically start an investigation. Your report will first be reviewed by the Victim Services Specialist or the Title IX Coordinator and and then you will be contacted by them to discuss your options.
Filing a police report can be an important step if you want to seek a Civil Protection Order through the civil court system. It can also be helpful, though it is not required, if you want to pursue a student conduct complaint.
If you are interested in criminal charges or a criminal investigation, GWPD can also help you file a report with The Metropolitan Police Department. An MPD report would start a formal investigation.
File a Complaint with the Title IX Office
When a Complainant files a Formal Complaint with the Title IX Office and it is approved, the Complainant may request that the University engage in Alternative Resolution or a Formal Resolution.
- Alternative Resolution, an informal framework that includes informal or restorative options for resolving reports.
- Formal Resolution, formal procedures that involve an investigation, a hearing with cross-examination, and if a violation of the Policy is determined by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not), the imposition of sanctions.
Both parties must agree to Alternative Resolution. Alternative resolution is not available where the Complainant is a student and the Respondent is an employee.
Schedule an appointment with the Title IX office to learn more about these processes.
Additional information can also be found in the Title IX Sexual Harrassment and Related Conduct Policy.
File an Anonymous or Third Party Report
You are welcome and encouraged to share information about an incident even if you:
were not directly involved in the situation
would like to remain anonymous
Please share whatever information you are comfortable sharing. Even if you do not know all of the relevant details, you are welcome and encouraged to report.
All information submitted will be reviewed by the Title IX office. The university will attempt to address the situation, beginning by reaching out to the Complainant (the individual who is alleged to have experienced sexual harrassment).
Keep in mind that if not enough relevant facts are provided or the complainant does not participate in the follow up, the university may be limited in its ability to address the incident.