Auburn University - TITLE IX
I Want to Report an Incident
We at Auburn University recognize that deciding to report sexual misconduct (i.e. sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking) and choosing how to proceed are difficult decisions.
Immediate Medical Concerns
If you are concerned about your safety or need immediate medical attention, call 911 or go to the local hospital.
East Alabama Medical Center
2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika
Hours: Available 24/7
Provides treatment of injuries sustained during a sexual assault or as a result of domestic/dating violence
If you have been sexually assaulted, go to the emergency room where a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) can collect physical evidence with a sexual assault forensic exam (commonly referred to as a “rape kit”). The forensic exam is provided at no cost and does not require filing a police report. To protect evidence, avoid bathing, brushing teeth or washing clothing or sheets. If you change clothes, place the clothing, along with sheets or other items in a paper bag and take them to the hospital with you.
If you do not opt for the forensic exam, medical staff can treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections (STI).
Referrals can be made to community organizations, such as Rape Counselors of East Alabama or Unity Wellness Center, for follow-up counseling and support.
Social work services are available during select hours.
Emergency Transport Services (ground and air) are available if a higher level of care is warranted.
Confidential AssistanceYou can discuss your reporting options and how to proceed with a confidential resource to make a decision that feels best for you.
Assistance with arranging reasonable and appropriate academic and housing accommodations
Requesting protective orders
Information about reporting options
Support in deciding what is most helpful for you as the victim
For additional support resources, see I Want to Talk to Someone.
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 immediately.
Victims of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking are encouraged to report incidents to police. A Safe Harbor advocate can accompany them to the appropriate law enforcement agency:
Provides professional police services to the City of Auburn, including the campus of Auburn University
Provides professional police services to the City of Opelika
Provides professional law enforcement to unincorporated areas of Lee County
**Auburn Police substation on campus**
In the Student Center, adjacent to the Tiger Transit office
Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., M-F
Emergency phone (outside substation): Available 24/7, dials directly to city’s dispatch center
Opelika Police Department
501 South 10th Street, Opelika
334-745-8665 (secret witness hotline)
Hours: Available 24/7
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
1900 Frederick Road, Opelika
Hours: Available 24/7
If the violence occurred in another state, you can visit RAINN.org or 800-656-HOPE to locate the nearest police contact or advocacy service.
If you are studying abroad, you can call Safe Harbor at 334-844-7233 (24/7) or the Auburn Abroad Director Deborah Weiss at 334-524-4921. You can also call United Healthcare Global’s Emergency Assistance Services at 410-453-6330. Have your UHG card ready.
Report sexual misconduct or discrimination to:
Title IX Coordinator, Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Office
317 James E. Foy Hall
An online reporting form can be found here. These reports are sent directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
The Title IX Coordinator is required to take action, such as generally conducting an investigation, on all complaints made to the office. The coordinator facilitates thorough and equitable investigations and can provide students and employees with interim measures to ensure a safe, non-hostile environment.
After the investigation, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented that could include a no-contact directive and accommodations for academics, living, transportation and working, as well as university disciplinary sanctions under the Title IX policy.
University reporting can also be made to a Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement
3248 Student Center
Senior Assoc. AD for Student Athlete Experience
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Who can make a report of sexual misconduct?
Reports may be made by:
Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct;
Anyone who receives a report from someone who experienced sexual misconduct; and/or
Anyone who witnesses or otherwise has information that sexual misconduct may have occurred.
In most instances, the individual or department receiving the initial information will report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator for follow up. Faculty and staff who are made aware of sexual misconduct must immediately report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
It is your right – your choice – to report the incident to police or not. Reports made to the university and reports made to the police are separate and parallel. Utilizing campus resources, such as Safe Harbor or Student Counseling Services, does not automatically require a report of the incident be made to the police. The Title IX Coordinator will not notify police, unless directed by the victim or if the victim is a minor (as required by Alabama law), but will conduct an investigation that could lead to university action. The university’s disciplinary procedures for alleged sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking can be found at http://bit.ly/auburntitle9. An overview of the university’s disciplinary procedures can be found in this document.
Although you can report sexual misconduct at any time, we encourage you to report incidents to local law enforcement immediately. Calling 911 is always the fastest way no matter where the event occurred. Otherwise contact the appropriate agency:
In the City of Auburn (including Auburn University), Auburn Police Division at 334-501-3100
In the City of Opelika, Opelika Police Department at 334-705-5220
In the unincorporated areas of Lee County, Alabama, Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-794-5651
Police have unique legal authority, including the power to seek and execute search warrants, collect forensic evidence, make arrests and assist in seeking emergency protective orders. Although a police report may be made at any time, victims/complainants should be aware that a statute of limitations may apply to certain crimes in Alabama, which could be as low as one year. Auburn University will assist you in notifying law enforcement if requested.
If you are unsure of what to do next, you may find the I Don’t Know What to Do page helpful.
If you choose to report the incident to the police, you can have an advocate or staff member from the university make the arrangements or even accompany you. Additionally, if you wish, the university can implement appropriate interim steps to provide for your safety, as well as the campus community, and to avoid retaliation. Examples of such steps include issuing a no contact order and/or making temporary accommodations with regard to housing, course schedules, work schedules, transportation and other related matters.