Choosing to File a Complaint
If you are unsure if you want to file a formal complaint, we are happy to discuss your options with you without hearing all the details of your story. Whether you decide to file a formal complaint, you can still access Title IX interim measures, including accommodations and support services.
Possible Interim Measures
- Changes to academic, living, dining, working or transportation situations.
- Obtaining and enforcing a university-issued no contact directive.
- Medical assistance, including information about preserving evidence.
- Safety planning and notifying law enforcement if that is desired by the reporting student.
- Referrals to on and off campus resources, including victim advocates, mental health services and counseling.
- The standard of evidence necessary to move a case forward in prosecution is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The appropriate agency will collect evidence, statements from involved parties and statements from any witnesses. This information will then be turned over to the County Attorney’s office for determination about whether to move a case forward in prosecution.
- If you file a police report, USU encourages all individuals to also make a report to the Title IX Coordinator. You can pursue either a campus administrative complaint process or a criminal process through local law enforcement, or both.
A no-contact directive is an administrative action to prevent contact between two or more individuals on campus. The scope of no-contact directives are determined on a case-by-case basis, but can include in-person contact or contact through electronic means or a third party. A no-contact directive should not be confused with a protective order, which is issued by the courts.
While anonymous reports can provide information about high-risk areas, they usually do not provide enough information to take action. We encourage you to provide complete information. Providing a report does not automatically start an investigation. But it does ensure the Title IX Coordinator can reach out to a victim and offer resources and information.