File a Third-Party Report
What is a Third-Party Report?
A third-party report is an unofficial means to inform the University administration that a sexual assault has occurred. A third-party report is information from a person who was not the victim of the assault, but has knowledge that an assault occurred. It was developed to encourage reporting without risk of exposure or being forced to file charges. All reports of sexual assault are treated with respect to the privacy of the involved individuals. Incidents are reported to appropriate departments and agencies in consideration of safety concerns and investigative needs.
Is a Third-Party Report confidential?
All reports of sexual assault are treated with respect to the privacy of the involved individuals, to the extent permitted by law. Incidents are reported to appropriate departments and agencies in consideration of safety concerns and investigative needs.
In addition, University police are responsible for distributing timely warning announcements (Clery Act Security Alerts) when there appears to be a threat to the safety/security of persons on campus for the following crimes: aggravated assault, arson, burglary, manslaughter (negligent and non-negligent), motor vehicle theft, murder, robbery, sexual offenses (forcible and non-forcible), violations of liquor law, and any other crime involving bodily injury in which the victim was chosen on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. Decisions concerning whether to issue a timely warning will be made on a case by case basis using the following criteria: the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Reporting parties or victims of crimes are not named in timely warning announcements.
Exactly how do I file a third-party report?
1. Fill out the Third-Party Report form as much as possible: Third-Party Report Form
2. There are several ways to submit your report to the Office of Student Life:
A) You (or a trusted friend) can drop the form off at the front desk of Memorial Union 250 (all you have to say is “This is for Sarah” and depart)
B) Mail the document (with or without a return address)to:
NDSU Department 5300
250 Memorial Union
P.O Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108
C) E-mail the document to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want more information on definitions of sexual assault?
Check out our definitions and statistics page.