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Sexual Assault Reporting & Support

Reporting Procedures for Sexual Assault

PSU students have several reporting options available to them to report sexual assault or other sex offenses: 

  • Reporting to Portland State University Campus Public Safety 
    • Emergency number: (503) 725-4404 
    • Non-emergency number: (503) 725-4407 
    • In person at Shattuck Hall, 1914 SW Park, Suite 148
    • www.pdx.edu/cpso/
  • Reporting directly to the Portland Police Bureau
    • Emergency number: 9-1-1 
    • Non-emergency number: (503) 823-3333 
    • PSU will assist victims in notifying PPB, if the student requests assistance. 
  • Reporting anonymously to the Women’s Resource Center
  • Reporting anonymously to the Center for Student Health & Counseling 
    • By phone: (503) 725-2800 
    • In person at University Center Building, 1880 SW 6th Ave., Suite 200 
    • www.pdx.edu/shac/ 
  • Filing a Student Conduct Code Complaint via the Office of the Dean of Student Life (for incidents perpetrated by PSU students) 
  • Filing a complaint with the Office of Equity and Compliance (for incidents perpetrated by PSU faculty or staff) 
  • Filing a complaint with Portland State University’s Title IX Coordinator
    • By phone: (503) 725-5919 
    • In person at Market Center Building, 1600 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 830 
    • www.pdx.edu/diversity/
  • Portland State University Sexual Assault Anonymous Report Form

The Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Advocate at the WRC is available to help students make informed decisions regarding their reporting options and to offer support/accompaniment through the reporting processes. 

Preserving evidence of a sex offense is time critical. Portland State University encourages victims to consider this when determining their method of reporting.

Primary Reporting Resources on campus

Office of Equity and Compliance

This office is a resource available to any student or employee who feels they have been impacted by discrimination or harassment. As an employer and educational institution, PSU has a responsibility to respond to any complaint of discrimination or harassment quickly, fairly, and to correct the situation immediately. The Office of Equity and Compliance is charged with investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment involving faculty or staff. Equity and Compliance works in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Student Life, the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and CPSO to create a hostile-free and safe campus environment. These departments work together to ensure complaints are dealt with in a timely manner. They also strive to adhere consistently to principles of survivor-centeredness and to focus on offender behavior. Staff members are available to provide consultation and guidance about various options and their potential outcomes. 

The Office of Equity and Compliance, Campus Public Safety, Women’s Resource Center, Office of Dean of Student Life, and the Office of Housing and Residential Life meet four times a year to discuss Title IX and Clery Compliance, share information, and collaborate on projects that work towards providing a successful and safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Read more about the Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

Director of Conduct and Community Standards

This position is responsible for coordinating responses to alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct by an internal university disciplinary process (separate from a civil or criminal hearing). Investigations are conducted into any allegation of sexual misconduct in coordination with the Office of Equity and Compliance and CPSO. This group convenes to decide whether to proceed with a conduct hearing based on the determination that a Code violation may have occurred. During the investigation and/or until resolution of the matter, interim restrictions may be issued as deemed appropriate by the Conduct Officer or designee. These might include restrictions on contact between the complainant and the respondent, exclusion from areas of campus, removal or relocation from residential areas, etc. Information and guidance through the process are available for both the respondent and reporting student. 

Support and Advocacy for Survivors/Victims of Sexual Assault

The Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response website contains information on all of PSU's services, policies and reporting options regarding sexual violence. The website can be found by going to: http://www.pdx.edu/sexual-assault/

Women's Resource Center

The WRC serves students of all genders.  Staff are available to answer questions, work with student survivors, and advocate on behalf of their self-identified needs, decisions, wishes, questions, and concerns.  This includes:

  • "Healthy Relationships" peer support group offered in partnership with the Queer Resource Center.
  • Providing intervention, support, information, and referrals.
  • Serving as a liaison between the student and campus departments such as Residence Life, Campus Public Safety, Student Health and Counseling, Student Legal Services, and the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Serving as a liaison and advocate with University faculty and staff.
  • Assisting in linking the student survivor to off-campus community services when needed.
  • Assisting the student survivor with accessing and understanding University policy, including Student Conduct Code.

Student Health and Counseling

Both medical and counseling staff are available to students who choose to access their free and confidential services.  Counseling staff can be accessed on an emergency/walk-in basis, and urgent medical appointments related to sexual violence are prioritized for a speedy response.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Health Services house staff who specialize in providing services to students affected by sexual violence.  CAPS staff provides 24-hour services to Residence Life. After-hours services for non-residential students are provided by the Multnomah County Crisis Line.

Campus Public Safety Office

The Campus Public Safety Office provides 24-hour response for immediate safety concerns including sexual violence. The Campus Public Safety Office employs a Detective with specialized training in responding to sexual violence on campus. This includes an advanced course of instruction on investigating sexual assault from the Boston University Medical Center as well as the forty-hour Basic Advocacy training provided by the Portland Woman’s Crisis Line. 

A Memorandum of Understanding exists between the Campus Public Safety Office and the Portland Police Bureau that permits the Campus Public Safety Office Detective to be the lead investigator and first responder to reports of sexual violence on campus. These investigations are coordinated with the Portland Police Bureau Sexual Crimes unit and the Campus Public Safety Detective is a participating member in community multi-disciplinary teams addressing sexual violence in the community. 

An established sexual assault response protocol includes providing 24/7 advocacy during the early stages of a reported sexual assault.

University Housing and Residence Life

University Housing and Residence Life can assist with changes in living situations for students living on campus. PSU is obligated to comply with a student victim’s reasonable request for a living situation change following an alleged sex offense. 

Dean of Student Life

DOSL coordinates student support services, including facilitation of the Student C.A.R.E. Team. PSU is obligated to comply with a student victim’s reasonable request for accommodations in academic situation following an alleged sex offense. For example, this could include arrangements to ensure that the victim is not required to attend class with the alleged offender. 

Student Legal Services

Legal Services offers legal assistance to students, with certain restrictions.

Queer Resource Center 

QRC offers drop-in hours for students seeking advocacy, as well as a fully trained student staff member who offers advocacy in partnership with the WRC. 

Portland Women’s Crisis Line

Sexual assault advocates are available 24 hours a day to assist women and men and to help them access community resources. This service is available for individuals regardless of whether they choose to take legal action or not. PWCL can also help link women and men in domestic violence situations with the appropriate referrals including emergency shelter and support groups. 

Medical Services for Survivors/Victims of Sexual Assault

Both medical and counseling staff from Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) are available to students who choose to access their free and confidential services. Counseling staff can be accessed on an emergency/walk-in basis, and urgent medical appointments related to sexual violence are prioritized for a speedy response.

Both Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Health Services staff specialize in providing services to students affected by sexual violence. CAPS staff provides 24-hour services to Residence Life. After-hours services for non-residential students are provided by the Multnomah County Crisis Line.

In 2011 SHAC began offering a fully integrated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support students of any gender who are survivors of sexual misconduct. By offering exams at the campus health center, sexual misconduct survivors can be in familiar surroundings with caring clinicians and do not have to be concerned about arranging transportation to the hospital. Survivors can continue seeing a Student Health clinician for any other health exams as well, which allows for a continuum of care for the survivor that includes sensitivity to their experience.

Rapid Sane Investigations, a mobile SANE response team, has been contracted to prove SANE exams to PSU students at times the PSU staff are unavailable. SANE services are available during SHAC business hours.

Advocates from the PSU Women’s Resource Center and Queer Resource Center respond to students seeking SANE exams at the Student Health and Counseling Center. Agreements have been implemented to insure that community partners Portland Women’s Crisis Line and the Multnomah County District Attorney Rape Victim Advocates will also respond as needed.

Outside of business hours, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) provide 24-hour emergency services for immediate medical needs and forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault. Sexual assault exams are offered by a SANE nurse service called Rapid Sane Investigations. The founder of Rapid Sane Investigations attends the Multnomah County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which is also attended by the WRC Assistant Coordinator.