Considering Your Options
At SHARE, we aim to help you make the choices that are best for you. Our staff can provide you with information about reporting options and are fully supportive of any decision you may make, including the decision not to report. Like so many other aspects of healing, there is no one right answer.
If you do choose to make a report, you have a few different options. These options are not mutually exclusive and, depending upon your own goals and concerns, you may choose to take one or more of these forms of action. SHARE will help facilitate any action you wish to take; we can schedule and attend meetings, research specific questions, and generally support you through the process.
On this page you fill find an overview of your reporting options. To read about confidentiality and privacy related to these options, please click here.
- Making a report and/or discussing accomodations and other supportive measures with a Deputy Title IX Coordinator
- Filing a formal complaint with the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct
- Filing a criminal complaint with the Yale Police Department or New Haven Police Department
- Note: YPD has a designated Sensitive Crimes & Support Coordinator who is available to discuss options and processes without filing a complaint.
SHARE can help you explore and weigh your options, but the final decision is yours.
The University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC) is designed to address allegations of sexual misconduct and is available to students, faculty and staff across the University according to the guidelines described in the Committee’s Procedures. SHARE can help set up and accompany you to a meeting with the UWCor you can contact the UWC directly if you prefer. The Chair (Judith Krauss), and the Secretary (Aley Menon) and Associate Secretary (Anita Sharif-Hyder) are available for exploratory conversations about the process . You can send an email to any UWC member, or call their administrative line, to initiate a conversation.
The UWC procedures are somewhat technical, but they can be worth reading to get a better sense of how the committee operates. Of course, SHARE and/or UWC staff would be happy to give you those details in person or by phone too, and to answer any questions.
SHARE works closely with the Yale Police Department, particularly with the Sensitive Crimes and Support Coordinator who is dedicated to assisting with and investigating cases of sexual violence, harassment, assault, violence against women, and other crimes of sexual misconduct, including stalking, intimate partner violence, and workplace violence. The Yale Police Department is staffed with officers who have extensive training on crimes involving sexual misconduct. They are fully sworn police officers; everyone from the dispatchers and investigators to the Chief has received substantive training on investigating crimes of sexual and gendered violence. The YPD detectives want to hear from you; speaking with the YPD does not mean you are required to file any kind of complaint or report. People wanting to file a police report often work with SHARE to do so. SHARE can set up the initial meeting with investigators and can accompany you through the process. You can also contact the YPD directly at 203-432-4400. In rare instances, the New Haven Police will have jurisdiction; the YPD will still remain a resource and will manage an effective transfer of the case.
You can talk to the police in an exploratory fashion, without being committed to pressing charges.