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The University of Richmond strongly supports and encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct. Reporting provides resources to survivors and contributes to keeping the campus safe.

All reports made to the University are taken with the utmost seriousness. Retaliation against any person for making a report or participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited. You do not have to make a formal report or press charges to receive medical care, academic accommodations, or other support. You can also make a report without any further participation in any investigation.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, you should report incident(s) to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the University Police Department. Instances of sexual misconduct may violate both the University's sexual misconduct policy and the law. As a result, the University encourages survivors to pursue their complaints through both the University's process for sexual misconduct and through the criminal justice system. If a survivor makes a report to the University police, the University police will notify the Title IX Coordinator of the report. If the survivor reports first to the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the survivor with making a report to the University police, if the survivor chooses to do so.

Unless designated as a confidential resource, all Responsible Employees are required to report incidents of possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinators and those employees designated as Campus Security Authorities must also report to the University Police. If you are unsure of an employee’s requirement to report, ask the individual for clarification.

Students who wish to learn more about the various reporting options or are unsure about whether they want to report or file a Title IX complaint are encouraged to contact the Safe Harbor Advocate, Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisor (PSMA) or one of the University’s confidential resources.

How Do I Report?

Seeking Immediate Assistance: If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, please contact the University of Richmond Police Department, reachable 24 hours a day, at 8911 (from on-campus phones) or (804) 289-8911 (from cell phones or off-campus phones).

Students are strongly encouraged to report to the Title IX Coordinator.

For cases involving students, contact:

Tracy Cassalia, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, at (804) 289-8464.

For cases involving faculty or staff, contact:

Carl Sorensen, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President of Human Resource, at (804) 289-8166.

Members of the University community may also contact:

Kristine Henderson, Director of Compliance & Title Ix Coordinator at (804) 289-8186

Beth Simonds, Assistant Chief of Police, University Police, at (804) 289-8722.

Reporting Form

Can I make an anonymous report?

The University encourages any student who may be the survivor of sexual misconduct or who have witnessed an incident of sexual misconduct to report directly to the Title IX Coordinator.   However, the University recognizes that, in some cases, students may be reluctant to make a direct report.  Students may report an incident anonymously by filling out the incident report form.  Faculty and staff may also use this form, but may not do so anonymously. Faculty and staff are required to provide identifying information when known.

What to expect when you disclose an incident of sexual misconduct?

The process begins when you disclose your experience of sexual misconduct to someone else. At the University of Richmond, employees are required to share your disclosure with the Title IX Coordinator—that includes your professors, university staff members, school administrators, and Resident Assistants (RA). The report must contain all relevant information, including the identity of the individuals involved, if known. The only employees that do not have to report your disclosure are the staff in CAPS, the Student Health Center and ordained clergy in the Chaplaincy. The Safe Harbor Advocate is also a confidential resource.

When reports are made to the Title IX Coordinator, the University has the obligation to review all reports and respond appropriately. Every effort will be made to respect the privacy of the individuals involved. In the very rare instance that there is a community safety concern, the University may need to move forward with an investigation without the Complainant. Complainants can share as much or as little information as they want with the Title IX Coordinator.  

Will a student be punished when reporting a Title IX incident if they have been using alcohol or other drugs?

The University’s primary concern is the health and safety of its students. It is our hope that students report all incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment. We know students may be hesitant to report incidents or seek help if they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs for fear of getting in trouble. 

If you have been sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, neither you nor the friend(s) assisting you will be charged with a violation of the University’s Alcohol Policy. For your safety and well-being, the University may initiate an educational discussion about the use of alcohol or other drugs and the impact they have on your well-being.

What is an interim measure?

The Title IX and Deputy Title IX Coordinator will work with students who experience sexual misconduct to coordinate protective and interim measures (housing, academic, work, etc.), provide information about available resources, and explain the University policies on sexual misconduct and the University's complaint process.

Sometimes the University may impose temporary measures to stabilize the situation and support the individuals involved in the reports.  Interim remedial measures may be put in place on behalf of the complainant, the respondent, and/or witnesses in the investigation.  Remedial measures may also be implemented to prevent retaliation.  Requests for interim measures can be made whether or not you decide to file a complaint with the University or with the police.

Some examples of interim measures are:  

  • No-contact orders (NCO) 
  • Modification of class schedules
  • Alternate housing arrangements
  • Academic modifications (such as paper extensions and alternative test dates)
  • Changing work schedules or job assignments
  • Restricting access to extra-curricular activities such as student clubs and organizations, if both complainant and respondent are members

Students seeking such assistance should speak to Tracy Cassalia, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students. 

What is a No Contact Order?

A No Contact Order (NCO) is an administrative directive that the University can initiate, usually at the request of a reporting student. It instructs a student not to have any contact, either direct or indirect, with another student. “Contact” includes, but is not necessarily limited to, in-person contact, telephone calls, email, texts and other forms of electronic communication, social media-based messages or postings, and third party communications including through proxies.

A No Contact Order is not intended to be punitive. It is intended to keep all involved students safe and to prevent escalation of a situation. The NCO will remain in place as long as necessary. 

If a student is found responsible for violating a NCO, that student will be sanctioned through the University conduct process.

The University uses NCO in any conduct investigation where they are appropriate. The use is not limited to cases of sexual violence. 

How does the University Respond to Reports of Sexual Misconduct?

The University responds to all reports of sexual misconduct with the priority of ensuring that our students are given the support and care they need and are treated fairly throughout the process.

The Title IX Coordinator will investigate all reports of sexual misconduct, regardless of the source of the report or information. For example, an investigation will be initiated if the report is made directly by the affected student, another student, a faculty member, a staff member, or a third party.

When a report of sexual misconduct is received, the first concern is the safety and well-being of the student involved. The Title IX Coordinator can assist the student in connecting with medical and mental health resources, connecting with sexual assault support and advocacy services, such as Safe Harbor; implementing a No Contact Order; and assessing the need for interim accommodations, such as changes to class schedule or living arrangement of either the student reporting or the student accused of misconduct.

The second step in the response is to ensure that the student understands their rights and options for filing a report with the police and commencing an investigation by the Title IX Coordinator.

Some students request confidentiality and do not want an investigation to move forward. The Title IX Coordinator engages with the student regarding that request and considers it in light of potential risks to other campus members.  We seek to honor that student’s request whenever possible, and when doing so does not place other students at risk.

Would the Title IX Coordinator investigate even if I didn't want them to go forward?

In most situations, the University will be able to respect your choice and will not proceed with an investigation. Know, though, that you can come back at any time to begin an investigation; as long as the person you are naming as a respondent is a student or employee at The University of Richmond, the University can begin an investigation at any time.

However, there are times where you might choose not to participate in an investigation, but the University will still move forward. These are limited circumstances, like if the accused student had been alleged to have committed sexual violence previously, your report stated that a weapon was used or that there were threats of future sexual violence against you or others. If the University needs to move forward, you will be notified about that choice. From there, you can choose not to participate at all, or you can choose to participate at a later point in the investigation.