Questions and Answers on Anonymous Reporting

To submit On-line and Anonymous Reports, click here.

Who can use this anonymous report form?

Anyone who has experienced, witnessed or learned of suspected sexual misconduct that is in any way connected to the University of St. Thomas. Staff and Faculty members who are reporting suspected sexual misconduct or child abuse, under their obligation in the Sexual Misconduct Policy cannot remain anonymous.

What information should I include in my report?

Be as detailed as you feel comfortable in your report. Include as much information about the following as you can recall:

  • Name(s) or the person who did the harm (if known)
  • Dates or approximate dates of the incident(s), if known
  • Time or approximate time of the incident(s), if known
  • Location(s) both during, before and after the incident
  • Names of witness(es) before, after and during any incidents
  • Details of the incident

What will St. Thomas do with my anonymous report?

All information provided will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator. The information will be used to track reports of sexual misconduct for reporting purposes to state and federal authorities. This information will also be used to better understand the incidences of sexual misconduct in our community, to help identify any patterns of behavior and to aid the University of St. Thomas in its education, prevention, and response efforts.

I want the person who harmed me to be removed from campus.

The University of St. Thomas is limited in its ability to respond to anonymous reports. Without the ability to proceed through a formal investigation and make a determination of responsibility it is very unlikely a person reported to have violated the sexual misconduct policy will receive a sanction such as removal from campus.

What can I expect after filing an anonymous report?

Since the University of St. Thomas does have the name or contact information of the person making an anonymous report, we do not have the ability to follow-up with the reporting party. We encourage the person making the report to seek support from any of the confidential on-campus  or off-campus resources.

If I change my mind after filing an anonymous report, what can I do?

A person may decide at any time to pursue a formal investigation or identify themselves as an anonymous reporter by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.

Can I also choose to report this information to the police?

Absolutely. The University of St. Thomas encourages those who have experienced sexual misconduct to report an incident to the police. See  Off-Campus Places to Report Sexual Violence for more information on reporting to the police. Filling out this report does not automatically trigger a report to police. The University of St. Thomas can assist students in reporting to police, or students can contact the police on their own. SOS of Ramsey County and SVC in Minneapolis are free, confidential community resources who can also assist victims reporting to the police.

Can I access support resources without having to formally report to the University of St. Thomas?

Yes. Confidential support resources are available both on campus and off campus. These resources can provide counseling, safety planning options, assistance filing orders for protection, and information on reporting to police.

In addition, there are support options available on campus to students, including ensuring safety on campus, changes in class schedules or housing arrangements, help with academic problems and assistance in receiving health and counseling resources. A student is NOT required to provide additional information about the incident or participate in a University investigation in order to receive these services. Our primary goal is to help, and we will respect the student’s decision to share, or not share, any aspect of the situation with us. Student can contact the Dean of Students Office for access to these support resources.