Reporting Process

Safety of the HSU Campus Community is Primary

The university's primary concern is the safety of its campus community members. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim at fault for sexual discrimination, harassment or violence; therefore, victims should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual violence out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other university policies. Except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual violence shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

For those that have experienced sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other inappropriate behavior, there are several reporting options available. Depending on the nature of the incident, some may choose to report to multiple entities. Click on the options below to learn more about the different reporting options available.

What happens after I make a report?

Upon receipt of a report, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with the Complainant. This is a preliminary meeting between the Complainant and the Title IX Coordinator.

The purpose of the preliminary meeting is to allow the Title IX Coordinator to gain a basic understanding of the nature and circumstances of the report or formal complaint; it is not intended to be a full investigation interview. The Title IX Coordinator will seek to determine how the reporting party wishes to proceed.

Options range from not pursuing resolution of any kind to pursuing Formal Resolution. Supportive measures will be offered to the Complainant at this meeting regardless of their wishes to move forward with a formal complaint. Examples of possible supportive measures include (but aren't limited to):

  • counseling
  • extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments
  • modifications of work or class schedules
  • campus escorts
  • mutual restrictions on contact between parties
  • changes in work or housing locations
  • leaves of absence
  • increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus

The Title IX Coordinator will follow up the meeting with a written explanation of the student or employee's rights and options and procedures. This written explanation will be sent through email using Maxient, our case management software application. For more details on Maxient, see below.

The Campus Advocate Team is available for advocacy and accompaniment during the university reporting and investigative processes.

Additional Resources:


Several departments at HSU utilize Maxient, a secure, web-based application for Case Management. The emails will come from "" These are authentic emails from the application. They are not SPAM or phishing attempts. Please add them to your contacts so you won't miss any important updates or communications. 

 In addition to a brief explanation, the body of the email will contain a button that says "Pick up your letter" at the bottom. You will access your letter through a login page, using your HSU ID number.

Once logged in to the Maxient portal, you can access your letter, which will be a PDF document. Print or download and save the letter for your records.

Reporting Options

Title IX & DHR Prevention Office

Title IX & DHR Prevention Office


Confidential Reporting

Confidential Reporting

You may feel more comfortable talking with a confidential resource about what you experienced. Below is a list of people and services that are considered "privileged reporters"*

  • Campus Advocate Team (CAT)
    • 24-Hour Hotline: (707) 445-2881
  • North Coast Rape Crisis Team
  • Humboldt Domestic Violence Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)*

Please visit the Confidential Reporting page for more information on the available support systems.

*some exceptions apply

University Police Department (UPD)

University Police Department (UPD)

Reporting to UPD and/or local law enforcement is an option at any time. If you choose to not report to the police immediately following an incident, you can still make the report at a later time. However, with the passage of time, the ability to gather evidence to assist with criminal prosecution may be limited. Depending on the circumstances, the police may be able to obtain a criminal restraining order on your behalf.

If you report certain sex offenses to UPD and/or local law enforcement, the police are required to notify you that your name will become a matter of public record unless confidentiality is requested. If you request that your identity be kept confidential, your name will not become a matter of public record and the police will not report your identity to anyone else at the University, including the Title IX Coordinator. University Police will, however, report the facts of the incident itself to the Title IX Coordinator, being sure not to reveal to the Title IX Coordinator your name/identity, or compromise their own criminal investigation.

University Police Department
SBS Building, 1st Floor, 1 Harpst St
Arcata, CA 95521
Non-Emergency Phone: (707) 826-5555

Emergency Phone: 9-1-1