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**If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately. Call 202-885-3636 for on-campus law enforcement and medical assistance.**

If you or someone you know has experienced sex- or gender- based discrimination, sexual violence, dating or domestic violence, or stalking the below reporting options and resources are available to you.

It is important to know that some resources will differ if the incident occurred several weeks or months ago. For example, certain medical services or evidence collection exams are more effective immediately following an incident. Choosing to utilize any of the below resources or reporting options is an individual decision and something that best serves you may not be the resource another person would choose to utilize. You may use as many of the following resources as you need.

Reporting Options

If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately (202-885-3636 on-campus).

Law enforcement can provide immediate intervention in emergency situations, document the situation, and/or initiate a criminal investigation. If you are on-campus University Police, who are sworn law enforcement officers, will respond directly to assist. University Police will work with Metropolitan Police Department (DC) or other local law enforcement agencies, as appropriate, if you request a criminal investigation. University Police also provide victim's services, such as assisting with Civil Protection Order requests, to support individuals who have experience sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, or stalking.

University Police/AU Public Safety
202-885-2527 (non-emergency)
202-885-3636 (emergency)
24 Hours
Don Myers Building terrace level (East Campus)

Off-campus Local Police
Metropolitan Police (DC): https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/sexual-assault-resources
Montgomery County Police (for incidents in Friendship Heights & Bethesda area): https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/districts/2d/index.html
Arlington Police (VA): https://police.arlingtonva.us/prevention-safety/rape/
Alexandria Police (VA): https://www.alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence

You are encouraged to report sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and other misconduct to the University. Reporting to the University provides you with the option of addressing the incident under the University's Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy. Making a report also allows the University to provide any available interim or support measures such as academic supports, housing changes, changes to class or work schedules, and no contact orders. When you make a report, you are not required to decide on any particular course of action.

You are encouraged to make a report online or contact any of the options below. You may bring a support person along with you to any meetings with the University related to the report.

The DC Forensic Nurse Examiners provide forensic exams for sexual assault and relationship violence at Washington Hospital Center (WHC) at 110 Irving Street, NW DC, 20010. To contact the DC SANE program and notify them that you need an exam, call 800-641-4028. The office is open 24/7 and can help coordinate a free ride to the hospital. These services are free and confidential. At the hospital, you may ask to speak to a Metropolitan Police Officer and make a report on site, but you are not required to do so.

Find out more about confidential & non-confidential resources.

Confidential Resources

American University has designated the following confidential resources to support community members who may have experienced sex- or gender-based discrimination or harassment, sexual or relationship violence, and stalking. Community members who have experienced any of these are highly encouraged to seek support.

Because of the confidentiality afforded to these relationships, community members should know that these confidential resource persons are not in a position to report the discrimination to University officials or to intervene to end the misconduct. To ensure University involvement, a report should be submitted to the Title IX Office or appropriate Title IX official.

Additional resources, including those off-campus, can be found in our Support Guide.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
Dale Rampell, FSAP Counselor; (202) 885-2593; FSAP@american.edu
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Page