Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) 484-343-6028 (24/7)
A SARC can review the options available to a survivor of any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, retaliation, incest, and statutory rape. A SARC can connect a student to a variety of resources, (medical care, reporting, counseling), and can accompany a student to campus and/or community services to ensure that he/she receives appropriate care and follow up information in the wake of sexual violence. If someone isn’t sure whom to talk to, connecting with a SARC is a good place to start. The SARC team also welcomes phone calls from friends seeking for information on how to support a friend or loved one following an incident of sexual violence.
When an incident of sexual misconduct is reported, the University will conduct an investigation. Students, faculty and staff may be asked to participate in an investigation, and when asked, they are expected to find time to meet and share information with the investigator. The Assistant Director of Public Safety or his/her designee will typically oversee the administrative investigation of all sexual misconduct reports where the Respondent is a current student, and sexual misconduct reports (other than Sexual Harassment as defined in Section II. A. of the policy) where the Respondent is a University employee. The Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer or his/her designee will typically oversee the investigation of all reports of sexual harassment (as defined in Section II. A. of the policy) involving a Respondent who is a University employee (faculty or staff). The Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer may be assisted in the investigation by the Human Resources and/or Public Safety Departments. The Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police or his/her deisgnee oversees the criminal investigation of all sexual misconduct reports conducted by the Department, regardless of the Respondent’s affiliation with the University. Normally, the investigation will include interviewing the parties, interviewing witnesses as appropriate, and collecting relevant documentary, electronic, or other evidence. A criminal investigation may also include the collection of physical and/or forensic evidence, and that evidence may also be presented in an administrative hearing. To read more about the disciplinary process at Villanova, click here.
At the conclusion of the investigation, reports are shared with the University authorities empowered to act on violations of University policy. The specific resolution process will be determined by the role of the Respondent, as specified in this Policy:
For additional information on reporting, see the Title IX Notice.
Although the University encourages a Complainant to talk with someone directly, the University does provide an anonymous on-line reporting option, and an anonymous phone reporting option (855-236-1443). This report will trigger an investigation. However, the University's ability to respond effectively may be limited by the level of information provided and/or the anonymity of the complaint. All anonymous reports will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator.
The University is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct. Information related to a report to the University of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct will be kept private by the University unless disclosure is required by law; thus, it will be shared only with those University officials with a legitimate interest in order to assist in the investigation and/or in the resolution of the complaint. Under no circumstances will the University release the name of the Complainant to the general public without the express consent of the Complainant.
In conducting an appropriate investigation, University investigators and administrators are sensitive to the desire of individuals for privacy. However, to conduct an effective investigation it is often necessary to share details which may compromise confidentiality. If the University is able to honor the request for confidentiality, the Complainant must understand that Villanova's ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action may be limited. The Complainant is always free to decide whether and how she/he wants to be involved in the investigation and disciplinary process, if any, that follows.
University employees are responsible for maintaining a safe community for all of our members and, most especially, our students. When a student discloses any incident of sexual misconduct to an employee, the employee should take the following steps to support the student and to report to the University. [The only employees exempt from this expectation are those who are required by law to maintain confidentiality, including University Counseling Center staff and priests in a pastoral capacity]
The University process and the criminal justice process are separate and independent courses of action. A Complainant who wishes to pursue a criminal complaint is encouraged to make a report to law enforcement. Incidents occurring on campus are within the jurisdiction of Villanova University Department of Public Safety. Actions occurring off campus are within the jurisdiction of one of several surrounding townships, most of which are listed in Off Campus/Community Resources. If the Complainant does not know in which municipality the incident occurred, the Complainant should contact a member of the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator team, Public Safety or 911 for assistance. Upon request, a member of the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator team or a representative of the Department of Public Safety can accompany a Complainant to the police department with juristiction and assist a Complainant in making a criminal report. Notifying municipal law enforcement will generally result in the Complainant, and in some cases the Respondent, being contacted by a municipal police officer. The police will determine if a criminal investigation will occur and if the case will be referred for prosecution. Unless there are compelling circumstances, the University will typically not file an independent police report without the consent of the Complainant.