Survivor Rights and Reporting

Survivors have the right to:

  • Receive medical care, mental health treatment and/or participate in legal procedures only after giving informed consent.
  • Refuse to answer questions about prior sexual experiences.
  • Keep their name from the media.
  • Be protected against future assaults.
  • Decide against a report to the police.
  • Be given as much credibility as a victim of any other crime.

Survivors have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Filing a report

Washington University in St. Louis encourages students to file a police report and/or a report with the Title IX Coordinator about the incident. This report will be treated with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism. Calls should be directed to the Washington University Security Department at (314) 362-4357, and the Title IX Coordinator at (314) 935-3118.

Anonymous reporting

If a student chooses not to file a report with the police, the university has an anonymous reporting mechanism that is also encouraged. Students can file an anonymous and confidential report, which allows university officials to be aware of the incident and to proactively provide more safety measures, education and support. If the student would prefer to speak with someone instead of of filing the report, they may confidentially discuss the experience and the options.

Kim Webb, Director for the Office of Sexual Assault and Community Health Service (314) 935-8761, kim_webb@wustl.edu

Kim is devoted to addressing the needs of those who have been victimized and providing education and active opportunities to effect community change related to sexual violence issues, attitudes and behaviors. Washington University is dedicated to creating a safe learning community that is free from violence. No one deserves to be abused. If you’re experiencing abuse, we want to work with you to create safety and proactively address the issues at hand. Contact for questions or assistance regarding past or current sexual violence. We are here to support you. You can file an anonymous and confidential report form, file an anonymous report.

Tamara L. King, JD, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct, (314) 935-4174

The university has a judicial hearing process for incidents of sexual misconduct. Details of this process can be discussed confidentially with Tamara King. Speaking with the Judicial Administrator does not mean that you must file judicial or criminal charges. A report made to the Judicial Administrator does not preclude your right to make a police report and seek criminal prosecution if you are a victim of rape, sexual assault, or other sexual offenses. Washington University will provide assistance to the victim of sexual assault in changing her/his academic or living situations after the rape/assault if requested and reasonably available. You may also contact Tamara King to request assistance in changing your academic or living situation.

Jessica Kennedy, Title IX Coordinator, (314) 935-3118

All students have the right and are encouraged to file a formal complaint in the event of sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, experienced as a student. As the Title IX Coordinator, Jessica Kennedy is dedicated to ensuring campus safety by proactively addressing all complaints. Jessica can meet with students individually to hear their complaints or refer to an appropriate campus resource. A report to the Title IX Coordinator does not preclude a victim’s right to file a report with the police and seek criminal prosecution if they are a victim of rape, sexual assault or other sexual offenses. ​​​

Appendix: Title IX Coordinator/Sexual Harassment Coordinator and Advisors