Reporting for Students

Reporting Sexual Violence:  What are the options?

A student who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence is not required, but encouraged, to report the incident. Students who know about, or suspect, sexual harassment or sexual violence has occurred against another student are not required to report these incidents unless they are designated as a mandatory reporter.

UNH has a comprehensive system to assist students who choose to report sexual violence. Those  who wish to make a report have a few different options.  Complaints can be filed directly with the Title IX Coordinator and/or the UNHPD.  They may also report to a mandatory reporter, anonymously report through ReportIt! or LiveSafe, or speak with Privileged Confidential Support Services.  For a full description of UNH policies and procedures for reporting sexual violence complaints, read UNH Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, Article VI. D., entitled Special Provisions.

Option 1: Directly Report/File a Complaint

Title IX Coordinator

 603-862-2930 / TTY Users 7-1-1

Donna Marie Sorrentino  dms@unh.edu

Affirmative Action and Equity Office
105 Main St - Thompson Hall 305
Durham, NH 03824

 

University Police Department (24/7)

603-862-1427  or  911 / TTY Users 7-1-1

Chief Paul Dean  paul.dean@unh.edu

UNH Police Department
18 Waterworks Road
Durham, NH 03824

In addition to the above, information can be sent directly to the Title IX Coordinator by submitting the information via ReportIt!, the Title IX Incident Report Form, or by sharing information with a mandatory reporter.  Additionally,  reports made directly to the UNH Police will prompt the agency to make an automatic report to the Title IX Coordinator.

UNH is required by law to take action once a report of sexual harassment or sexual violence has been received.  If the impacted party does not want an investigation or disciplinary action to take place, or otherwise wishes their identity remain confidential, that request will be carefully considered. However, honoring such a request may limit UNH’s ability to respond fully to the incident and, in some cases, UNH may override the request for confidentiality and engage in the greivance process to maintain a safe community.

Directly reporting incidents to the Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Coordinator or UNHPD allows for the fastest response by the University.  If there is an emergency, please call 911.

Option 2: UNH Mandatory Reporters

A mandatory reporter refers to certain individuals at UNH who are required to report any information they receive indicating that a student has been subjected to sexual harassment or sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator.  When mandatory reporters share information with the Title IX Coordinator, this prompts the University to take responsive action consistent with its sexual violence policy and procedures. Mandatory reporters include: all UNH faculty and staff members, coaches, teaching assistants (TAs), research assistants, hall directors, resident assistants (RAs), community assistants (CAs), and Student Senate Executive Leaders (when conducting work for the Student Senate).

For example, if a student writes about an incident of sexual violence in a paper, or emails a professor and indicates they cannot attend class due to a sexual violence incident, the professor is required to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator.  Similarly, if a student shares with their Resident Assistant they were sexually assaulted over the weekend, regardless of whether that assault occurred here, at another university, or at home, the Resident Assistant is required to report that information to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator or UNHPD will then reach out in accordance with university policy to address the matter further.

UNH mandatory reporters do not include the privileged confidential support providers at SHARPP, Health & Wellness, Psychological and Counseling Services, or ordained counselors such as the Chaplains Association. They also do not include student employees who do not mentor students as part of their jobs, such as a student worker in a dining hall or the library. 

Option 3: Making an Anonymous Report

Those who wish to file an anonymous report of sexual violence or sexual harassment about themselves or others may do so in any one of the following ways:

  • The online  ReportIt! sends a report directly to the UNH Title IX Coordinator (not monitored 24/7)
  • The LiveSafe App (contacts UNH police directly)
  • Contact UNH Privileged Confidential Support Resources (details and contact information below).

Reporting sexual violence anonymously may limit UNH's ability to respond fully and effectively to sexual violence complaints, but it is an available option.  Anonymous reporting is only available to UNH students who are not mandatory reporters.  UNH mandatory reporters must report directly to the Title IX Coordinator.

Option 4: Privileged Confidential Support Services

While we encourage students and others to report sexual violence incidents so that we can keep you, and the campus as a whole, safe, we understand the difficulties that such processes can entail.  Therefore, UNH offers medical, counseling and general advice about options through our Privileged Confidential Support Services These services include SHARPP, Health & Wellness, Psychological and Counseling Services, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the UNH Chaplains Association.  Discussions with these offices will not trigger a police investigation, UNH investigation or student conduct proceeding unless you request it.  You can also start with privileged confidential support services and then, if you change your mind, you can file a report at a later time or ask that provider to help you file a report.