Special Victims Unit's Sexual Assault Response Commitment
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, the University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD) recognizes that reporting can be difficult. We want to ensure that survivors are treated with respect, sensitivity and understanding.
- Be supportive and not prejudge because we Start by Believing
- Meet with you privately at a place of your choice—reporting to the police does not mean you must prosecute
- Uphold state law concerning medical amnesty by never pursuing alcohol or drug charges against survivors
- Help you obtain medical treatment and/or a free sexual assault evidence kit
- Connect you with: advocate support, confidential counseling, safety planning and other resources throughout the investigation
- Treat you and your individual case with dignity, courtesy and professionalism
- Do our best to accommodate your request to meet with a female or male officer
- Handle your case with discretion and not release your name to the public or media—your parent or guardian will not be notified unless you are 17 or younger
- Conduct a thorough investigation regardless of the age, race, gender or sexual orientation of the survivor or suspect
- Assist you through the process—you will be kept informed of the progress of any investigation or court proceedings
If we fail to achieve any part of the above commitment, please call the UMPD Chief at (734) 763-3434. The Chief will meet with you personally to address your concerns.