Reporting to Confidential Resources
The following confidential resources will not inform other University personnel or law enforcement agencies without the victim’s permission. Confidential resources can be very helpful in advising victims on whether or not to make a final report and in assisting with that reporting process.
Counseling Services: 860.768.4482
Student Health Center: 860.768.6601
- YWCA of New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Service
- Interval House
24-hour domestic violence hotline: 860.527.0550 or 1.888.774.2900
- Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS)
24-hour confidential hotline – 1.888.999.5545
- Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest national Network (RAINN)
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
The University offers a number of other resources to victims for receiving support advice, counseling and assistance, and for reporting incidents of sexual violence and other sexual misconduct, but while every effort will be made to preserve confidentiality to the greatest extent possible, these resources may be obligated to take action when they learn about an incident. Faculty members are not confidential resources and must contact the interim University Title IX Coordinator or a deputy coordinator if they are alerted to an alleged violation of this sexual violence policy.
Reporting to the University
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Justin Bell, JD
Library Room 307
- Any incident, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Public Safety, 860.768.7985
Certainly, based on comfort level, victims can choose to inform other University staff and administration, whereupon the University employee will make sure that a designated University official is informed.
While these offices and individuals are specifically trained to respond to reports of sexual violence and other sexual misconduct and to assist victims of these incidents, if a victim chooses to inform other University staff and administration, the University employee will make sure that a designated University official is informed. Notice to any University employee other than Confidential Resources, triggers an obligation for that employee to report to a designated University official.
When the University receives notice of an incident, whether from the victim, a third party, or anonymously, the University has an obligation to take action in order to protect the health and safety of the University community. Normally this includes an investigation, even if the victim does not wish to file a formal complaint, although other options might be available in addition to or, where clearly appropriate, instead of investigation, such as educational programming. Any time a report of sexual violence or and other sexual misconduct is investigated, only people with a need to know about the incident will be informed, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused person. However, investigations by their nature cannot be entirely confidential: in order to properly investigate a report of a possible violation of this Sexual Violence Policy, the identity of the victim, when known, may be revealed.
If the University must investigate in spite of a victim’s request for confidentiality, the University will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation and will, to the extent possible, maintain as much privacy as possible and only share information with people as necessary to meet the University’s obligations.
The University may not require a victim to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding. Under all circumstances, the University will take all reasonable steps to be protective of the victim’s well-being.
The Title IX Coordinator or designee will discuss options regardless of whether the victim wishes to maintain confidentiality, and regardless of whether the victim wishes to file a complaint under the University Complaint Process or with law enforcement. However, some options may not be available while maintaining confidentiality or without filing under the University Complaint process. For example, an option that involves formal sanctioning of another University student, staff, or faculty cannot occur without giving that other individual the procedural rights to accused described in the Sexual Violence Policy.
Please reference Heading VI, Section B of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedures
Reporting to Law Enforcement
Community members who are victims of sexual violence or other sexual misconduct have the option to notify or not notify law enforcement. University of Hartford community members are encouraged to report sexual violence and other sexual misconduct—whether the incident occurred on or off campus—to local police. Any of the following resources can assist community members who wish to make a report of sexual violence and other sexual misconduct, whether the incident occurred on or off campus, to police.
- University of Hartford Department of Public Safety: 860.768.7985
- YWCA of New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Services: Hotline 860.223.1787 or email email@example.com
- Interval House: 24 Hour domestic violence hotline 860.527.0550 or 1.888.774.2900
Electing not to report an incident to the police will not impact the University’s investigation or Title IX complaint process, nor will it affect the victim’s other rights and options under the sexual assault and sexual harassment policy and the law. If victim is a minor, according to Connecticut state law, the University will make a report to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
To contact a local police department, contact Public Safety for assistance or call:
- Hartford Police Department—860.757.4000
- West Hartford Police Department—860.523.5203
- Bloomfield Police Department—860.242.5501
IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, in case of an emergency:
Please dial 860.768.7777 (or 7777 from any University phone) or 911. Please be advised that dialing the Department of Public Safety directly may speed up emergency response as Public Safety can guide emergency services to the proper location on campus.
Victims of Sexual Violence and Other Sexual Misconduct that constitutes a violation of criminal statutes—including, without limitation, sexual assault, domestic partner violence, dating violence and stalking—may be able to seek a protective order or temporary restraining order through the criminal or civil court system. Any person who obtains a court-ordered protective order or temporary restraining order, whether or not related to a violation of this Sexual Violence Policy, may inform Public Safety of the existence of the protective or temporary restraining order.
Information on the criminal justice system, including information on how to obtain and enforce a protective or restraining order, is contained in appendices at the back of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
Filing an External Complaint
In addition to the University offices, employees and students, visitors to the campus can also direct their concerns about sex discrimination to federal and state offices. The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title IX.
Office of Civil Rights
US Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Information concerning OCR’s procedures and coverage is contained online:
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination in employment, educational activities, and programs.
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Information concerning EEOC’s procedures and coverage is contained online:
Please note that a formal written complaint will be filed with the EEOC within 300 days of the date the alleged discriminatory act occurred.
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) enforces laws that prohibit sex discrimination in employment within the state of Connecticut.
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: 860.541.3400 or 1.800.477.5737
Information concerning CHRO’s procedures and coverage can be found at: