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Formal Complaints

Persons wishing to file formal complaints of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual exploitation will be directed (and, whenever possible, escorted) to the office of Campus Safety Services, which is primarily responsible for supervising university investigations of these complaints. In cases involving sexual assault, the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit will be contacted upon the victim’s request and generally will lead any criminal investigation.

All formal complaints will be treated confidentially consistent with applicable legal requirements and customary law enforcement practices. Victims will be informed promptly of available support services, as well as legal and administrative options, if reasonably available, such as protection from abuse orders through an appropriate court of law and changes to housing assignments and academic or work schedules. Victims will be informed about the outcome of any investigation undertaken by Campus Safety Services.

In addition, under appropriate circumstances, the university will inform members of the university community of reported sexual assaults, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual exploitation without identifying the victim.