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ASU Police Department and Victim Services

Advancing a victim-centered approach

Arizona State University is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, faculty and staff to live, work, study, and conduct research. As a full-service, 24-hour law enforcement agency serving all four ASU campuses, the ASU Police Department is comprised of dedicated officers and staff who are sensitive to the diverse needs of the community.

The ASU Police Department provides a victim-centered approach to crimes of sexual violence. ASU's officers, dispatchers, victim advocates and detectives have participated in training, through End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), learning the dynamics of sexual assault investigations, effective report writing, victim impact, and interviewing techniques. We share the goal of providing personal and professional responses to all victims.

Making a report to the police

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Sexual violence is a serious crime, and we encourage you to report the incident to ASU police and to the university. You can choose to report to just the police, just the university, or both. You can also choose to report to neither, and speak to a victim advocate. It’s your choice.

Filing a police report does not obligate you to press charges. You may file a police report to document your experience without pressing charges.

In an emergency situation or to make a report to the police, dial 9-1-1. The local police department will send an officer to take your report. Make sure to say where the incident took place; on or off campus, and in which city. You can also call the city's police department. If the incident occurred on campus, an ASU Police Department officer will be sent to take your report. You have the right to have a support person or advocate with you during the conversation.


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ASU offers free advocacy and support for students and employees affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment and other related experiences. Advocacy is a safe and confidential starting point for ASU students and employees affected by these issues.

Victim advocates provide a confidential place to seek support, information and assistance if you have experienced a sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking. While this service is located within the ASU Police Department, meeting with a victim advocate will not automatically trigger an investigation by the university or the police.