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Campus Resource Team (CaRT)
Last updated: August 15, 2014
Options for Reporting an Incident
Western's Campus Resource Team (CaRT), is available to assist and support any student who has experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence on or off campus. Students' confidentiality will be strictly protected in accordance with the law.
1. Formal Reporting: Contacting University Police
Reporting any of the
above incidents to
police does not
commit you to
action. The earlier
you report any such
incident, the easier
it will be for
crime and to
prosecute the case
successfully if that
is your choice.
Protective and/or Restraining Orders
● A protective and/or restraining order may be requested by the courts related to any of the above
● A court issued protective and/or restraining order prohibits someone from communicating with an alleged
victim, from entering the victim's residence, workplace, school, or property and any place the victim may
● When informed that a protective and/or restraining order has been issued, Western will take immediate
steps to enforce the order as it relates to activities on the campus. It is important that students alert
Western Police that such an order has been issued (providing the Police with a copy of the order is
strongly encouraged) . For more information about protective and/or restraining orders students may
contact the University Police at (203)837-9300.
Students may make criminal complaints with Western's University Police Department. The Police will inform the students of their rights and options.
University Police will conduct a confidential investigation and will keep the student apprised about any decision to prosecute. The police will review all cases with the State's Attorney's Office. The State's Attorney will make the final decision to prosecute under state law.
If you wish, the police will contact the Women's Center and an advocate will meet you at the police station.
2. University Disciplinary Action:
Students may wish to
University Office of
after a sexual
assault, sexual harassment,
violence to pursue
A complete and
of the judicial
process may be found
in the Student Code
● External: If you wish to have the assailant prosecuted, the police and district attorney's office will handle
the legal proceedings without expense to you. You do not need to hire an attorney.
● Internal: If the perpetrator is a member of the Western community, you also have the option to file a
complaint through the university's disciplinary system (see Student Handbook). In either instance, a
university representative will be available to assist you through the process.
Students also have the additional option of filing, simultaneously, a criminal complaint by reporting an assault to the University Police.
3. Anonymous Reporting
Any individual has
the right to
Violence Form which
can be found on
This form does not include any personal identifying information (e.g., name, age, address). The purpose of this form is for statistical data collection, as well as to determine possible patterns that may exist. Even with anonymous reporting, the university may investigate an incident to determine if the community is in potential danger.
* Note: University employees are required to complete an Anonymous Interpersonal Report Form when made aware of an incident related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence.
Assistance in Changing Living Arrangements, Class Schedules or On-campus Work Schedules
The university recognizes that students may want to change their on-campus living arrangements, class schedules and on-campus work arrangements. Students requesting these changes should contact the Director of Housing (203-837-8736) and/ or the Dean of Students (203 837-9700).
Students should not hesitate to make these requests, which will be addressed in a timely manner.