Student Handbook - Reporting Options

 If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider seeking support and advocacy services. Confidential resources on Xavier's campus include counselors, physicians, and nurses at Xavier Health and Counseling and Psychological Services and clergy when the person is acting within their professional capacity. In addition, Xavier's Campus Advocacy Coordinator (providing comprehensive advocacy and support services to students who have experience interpersonal violence, such as sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking) is a confidential resource. The Campus Advocacy Coordinator will provide non-personally identifying information on the reports they receive to the Title IX Office (hereafter Title IX Office) and/or Xavier's Clery Coordinator for purposes of the annual statistics.

For interpersonal violence crimes and conduct (e.g., Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Rape,  Stalking, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Other Interpersonal Violence, and Retaliation) when reporting to a XUPD Officer and/or Xavier's Title IX Office, a victim of a crime or prohibited conduct may state their preference that no further investigation action proceed. All reasonable steps will be taken to honor that request while allowing Xavier personnel to meet their responsibility to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all students, staff and faculty. If a victim requests to make a confidential report, XUPD and the Title IX Office will count and disclose that report in the annual crime statistics for the institution without revealing the victim's identity. This allows the University to keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger.

A Pastoral Counselor is defined as an employee of an institution, who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.

A Professional Counselor is defined as an employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution's community, and who is functioning within the scope of their license or certification.

The Xavier University Police encourages pastoral and professional counselors, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the persons they are counseling to voluntarily report the incident to the Xavier University Police on a confidential basis for inclusion of the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Please note that reports of interpersonal violence crimes and conduct will be reported by XUPD to the Title IX Office and cannot be held in confidence.

Assistance for Reporting Parties: Rights and Options

Regardless of whether a victim elects to pursue a criminal complaint or whether the offense is alleged to have occurred on or off campus, the University will assist victims of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Rape, Stalking, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Other Interpersonal Violence, and Retaliation, and will provide each victim with a written explanation of their rights and options. Such information shall include:

  • the procedures victims should follow if a crime of or conduct that may constitute Sexual Harassment, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact, Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse, Stalking, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Other Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation has occurred;
  • information about how the institution will protect the confidentiality of victims and other necessary parties;
  • a statement that the institution will provide written notification to students and employees about victim services within the institution and in the community;
  • a statement regarding the institution's provisions about options for, available assistance in, and how to request accommodations and protective measures; and
  • an explanation of the procedures for institutional disciplinary action

In Ohio, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking has the following rights: A victim's state constitutional rights are found in Article I, Section 10a of the Constitution of Ohio: "Victims of criminal offenses shall be accorded fairness, dignity, and respect in the criminal justice process, and, as the general assembly shall define and provide by law, shall be accorded rights to reasonable and appropriate notice, information, access, and protection and to a meaningful role in the criminal justice process." For further information on Victim's Rights in the State of Ohio, visit the Attorney General's webpage at .

Xavier University complies with Ohio law in recognizing orders of protection and encourages any person who obtains an order of protection from any U.S. state to provide a copy to XUPD and the Office of the Title IX Office. A Reporting Party may then meet with XUPD to develop a Safety Action Plan, which is a plan for XUPD and the victim to reduce risk of harm and promote safety while on campus or coming and going from campus. This plan may include, but is not limited to escorts, providing a temporary cellphone, changing classroom location, supervisor, work location, or allowing a student to complete assignments from home. The University cannot apply for a legal order of protection for the victim from the applicable jurisdiction(s). The victim is required to apply directly for these services. For access to all required forms related to orders of protection, visit the Clerk of the Courts page at

XUPD is located in Flynn Hall across from the Commons Apartments. The dispatch office is staffed 24 hours a day and the department's dispatchers are always available to answer questions or to have an officer respond to assist.

Below are a few tips for contacting the police.

XUPD encourages everyone that has become a victim of crime to come forward and report it to the police. However, on occasion and depending on the nature of the crime the victim may decide not to press charges. This is the victim's option. Just because a report is filed with the police department does not mean that criminal charges have to be filed. Students also have the option of contacting other University resources, such as the Xavier University Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Xavier's Title IX Office, the Office of the Dean of Students or confidential campus resources, such as Health and Counseling Services, Psychological Services Center, and Xavier's Campus Advocacy Coordinator. For further information on confidential resources, see Title IX Sexual Harassment and Interpersonal Violence Reporting and Support Options.

Crimes can also be reported to XUPD for the purpose of making Timely Warning reports and the annual statistical disclosure. XUPD has two phone numbers. (513) 745-1000 is for police, fire and rescue emergency calls. (513)745-2000, is for non-emergency calls.

Xavier University maintains a confidential anonymous hotline that enables the community to report crimes/incidents 24 hours a day anonymously by calling 1-855-481-6238 or by following this link to the ''Make Report" area of the website.


The XUPD is located in Flynn Hall across from the Commons Apartments. The dispatch office is staffed 24 hours a day and the department's dispatchers are always available to answer questions or to have an officer respond to assist.