If you would like to discuss your options with a confidential advocate, please call 805-893-4613 or email CARE@sa.ucsb.edu.
It is your right to have an advocate present throughout the reporting process. A CARE Advocate can provide accompaniment during interviews, hearings, or any other proceedings involving criminal, civil, or administrative reports. If a survivor is in a reporting situation without an advocate present, they have the right to request that their advocate is present prior to proceeding, if desired.
A CARE Advocate can explain and accompany you through any reporting process you may choose, but will also support a decision not to report. Survivors may report to one or more of the following:
University of California Police Department (UCPD)
As part of the reporting process, CARE advocates can ask that a UCPD officer take down an incident report from within the safe and supportive environment of our CARE office with an advocate present. UCPD provides reporting, investigation, and forwarding of reports to the District Attorney for legal action regarding crimes committed on campus property. UCPD can also provide information about restraining orders and referrals for forensic exams.
The Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP)
The Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) can be contacted regarding crimes committed in Isla Vista. IVFP provides reporting, investigation, and forwarding of reports to the District Attorney for legal action. IVFP can also provide information about restraining orders and referrals for forensic exams.
Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance
The Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance is located at 3217 Phelps Hall on campus and processes Title IX complaints, including sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
Office of Judicial Affairs
The Office of Judicial Affairs is located in the Office of Student Life on the second floor of the Student Resource Building on campus. While Judicial Affairs is not the office that receives official reports of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, it is the office that issues University judicial charges and sanctions against student perpetrators once a Title IX investigation has been completed. Judicial Affairs also issues “no contact orders” between complainants and respondents.
You may file an anonymous report with law enforcement, which means that law enforcement will keep the information you share about the crime on file, including the name of the perpetrator and the type of crime. Filing an anonymous report means that the police will keep the information you share on record. You can choose to be contacted by a CARE advocate if someone else makes a report about the same perpetrator. A police officer will not directly contact you as a result of making an anonymous report.
If you choose to make an anonymous report, you are under NO obligation to move forward with pressing charges or opening an investigation, and it will not result in the police contacting the perpetrator or arresting them. You may make an anonymous report using our online anonymous reporting form.
Some survivors choose to report anonymously because:
- it is an opportunity for the survivor to speak out
- it may help law enforcement identify an assailant’s pattern
- if the survivor chooses to make an official police report at a later date, the Anonymous Report can be used to support his/her story
- law enforcement is not present when the report is made
A report to law enforcement, including an anonymous report, may initiate an alert to the UCSB community if law enforcement determines that the information shared represents a potential danger to the community. An alert would not include your name as the reporting party, but may include information on the nature and location of the incident, and identifying details shared about the perpetrator.
Please do not hesitate to call if you have questions about making an anonymous report. We are here to support you and answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision.