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Asian Female

What’s going to happen to the person we report?

What's going to happen to the people, when we report them? [...] Because I think sometimes when the person who reported, and the person who is being reported - maybe they are their friend or even a classmate. Sometimes they would want to keep it a secret because they don't really want, like you know, like, the whole thing to happen to that person. I don't know if that makes sense [...]. In short, my question is just simply, what's gonna happen? What's the penalty for the person - for those persons who, you know, sexually assault the others.


  • Emphasize the victim's right to decide whether they would like to report the incident after they have disclosed it to the university. Ensure the victim is aware of the formal and informal routes for reporting, including the option of reporting to the police. Clearly communicate any limits to confidentiality.

  • Describe possible legal and institutional consequences for respondents found to have engaged in sexual violence. Provide indication of the range of consequences likely to follow a range of policy violations.