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Sexual & Relationship Violence

Reports of sexual and relationship violence should be made to DePaul Public Safety (Lincoln Park: 773-325-7777, Loop: 312-362-8400).  The Public Safety Office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Individuals may also report sexual or relationship violence to other DePaul offices, including the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness, the Dean of Students Office, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, or the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. 

Sexual and relationship violence means the following crimes and behaviors:
Sex Offense: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Sexual assault is an example of a sexual offense.
Sexual Misconduct: Taking sexual advantage of another person for the benefit of oneself or a third party when consent is not present.  This includes, but is not limited to, sexual voyeurism or permitting others to witness or observe the sexual or intimate activity of another person; indecent or lewd exposure; recording any person engaged in sexual or intimate activity in a private space; distributing sexual or intimate information or images of another person; or inducing incapacitation in another person with the intent to engage in sexual conduct, regardless of whether prohibited sexual conduct actually occurs.   
Domestic Violence:  Violence committed by a family or household member.  A family or household member includes parents and children, current or former spouses, a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim, and others as defined by Illinois law. 
Dating Violence:  Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of factors such as the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Stalking:  A course of conduct (i.e. two or more acts) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Sexual and relationship violence can occur in many different ways, including through physical force, intimidation, manipulation, and coercion.  This may include the voluntary or involuntary use of drugs and/or alcohol that renders an individual unable to give consent.  Individuals of any sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity may experience sexual or relationship violence.  There is nothing a person can do to deserve or provoke sexual or relationship violence.

Consent is defined as unambiguous and voluntary agreement to move forward with a specific sexual request, act, or experience.  Consent cannot be obtained from individuals who are asleep or who have a temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity, including as a result of drug or alcohol use, or because of age.  Consent is an affirmative act, not a lack of action.  Lack of resistance or submission as the result of force, coercion, duress, or threat thereof does not constitute consent.  The absence of “no” or “stop” should never be interpreted as implicit consent, if consent is otherwise unclear.  Resistance is not required to demonstrate lack of consent.


Federal laws, including Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, require that university employees, including faculty, respond with specific steps when an individual discloses issues related to sexual or relationship violence. These steps are detailed below.

If a student or another faculty or staff member discloses to you that they:
• Have experienced sexual or relationship violence
• Have witnessed or learned about sexual or relationship violence
•​ Are facing potential consequences in, or are otherwise involved in, an issue related to 
sexual or relationship violence

Follow these steps:

1. DISCLOSE YOUR ROLE. As soon as the individual appears to be disclosing an issue related to sexual or relationship violence, inform the individual of your obligation to report any information shared. If the individual wishes to speak to someone confidentially, offer to connect the individual with a confidential reporting resource. The following offices at DePaul have been designated as confidential reporting resources for students and employees: 

• Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (773-325-7129) - Ask to be transferred to a Survivor Support Advocate.
• Ordained individuals or otherwise recognized religious leaders engaging in pastoral care in University Ministry (773-325-7902)
For students only: 
• University Counseling Services (Lincoln Park: 773-325-7779 Loop: 312-362-6923) 
• Student Legal Services (773-325-1588 or

For employees only: University Ombudsperson (312-362-8707 or 

2. CARE. Ensure that the person is safe. Show empathy. Give non-judgmental support.

3. CONNECT. Connect the person with resources. Provide the individual with a Sexual and Relationship Violence Information Sheet found on a dedicated page on the DePaul Public Safety website (

4. REPORT. Regardless of whether the individual will report the incident, you are required to promptly report the incident to DePaul's Title IX Coordinator. This report can be made directly or through Public Safety or the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. 
• Title IX Coordinator (Lincoln Park: 773-325-8128; Loop: 312-362-8970 or 
• DePaul Public Safety (Lincoln Park: 773-325-7777; Loop: 312-362-8400) Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
• Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (773-325-7129 or Ask to be transferred to a Survivor Support Advocate.) 

More information about these other reporting responsibilities can be found in the Crime Reporting and Clery Act Compliance policy or on the Public Safety website.