Reporting Process

Most of the information on this page is referring to Title IX and sexual misconduct; however, our office handles reports of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation (DHR) as well. The report link for Title IX is the same for DHR matters. More information on DHR and related policies can be found on the DHR page.

What's Covered on this Page:

Campus safety is the priority | What happens after a report is filed 

Information on confidentiality | Maxient | Reporting Options

Here is a visual guide on what happens if someone makes a report and the different people someone can report to, created by the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee.

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.

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:

Can my information be kept totally confidential after I make a report?

To the extent possible, information reported to the Title IX Coordinator or other University employee will be shared only with individuals responsible for handling the University’s response to the incident. The University will protect the privacy of individuals involved except as otherwise required by law or University policy. A report may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about you and other individuals in the Campus community. While such information is considered confidential, University policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information concerning a reported incident. In such cases, efforts will be made to redact the records, as appropriate, in order to protect your identity and privacy and the privacy of other involved individuals.

If you request of the Title IX Coordinator or another University employee that your identity remain completely confidential, the Title IX Coordinator will explain that the University cannot always honor that request and cannot guarantee complete confidentiality. If you wish to maintain confidentiality or request that no investigation be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the University must weigh that request against the University’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, employees and third parties, including you.

Under those circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether your request for complete confidentiality and/or no investigation can be honored under the facts and circumstances of the particular case, including whether the University has a legal obligation to report the incident, conduct an investigation or take other appropriate steps. Without information about your identity, the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the perpetrator may be severely limited.

Because the University is under a continuing legal obligation to address the issue of sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking campus-wide, any such reports (including non-identifying reports) may also prompt the University to consider broader remedial action – such as increased monitoring, supervision or security at locations where the reported incident occurred; increased education, training and prevention efforts, including to targeted population groups; conducting climate assessments/victimization surveys; and/or revising its policies and practices.

NOTE: If the University determines that the perpetrator poses a serious and immediate threat to the Campus community, a designated Campus Security Authority under the Clery Act may be called upon to issue a timely warning to the community. Any such warning will not include any information that identifies the victim.

 

Maxient

Several departments at HSU utilize Maxient, a secure, web-based application for Case Management. The emails will come from "notifications@maxient.com." 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 Support Options

Confidential Support Options

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 Support Options 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
hsupd@humboldt.edu

Emergency Phone: 9-1-1