Frequently Asked Questions - Assault

Where can you get assistance if you are a student who has been a victim of sexual assault?

If you have been a victim of any form of sexual assault, it is important that you seek help immediately. The campus has provided a number of ways for you to get assistance via the Survivor Support Handout.

What are additional units providing services related to sexual assault?

The following alphabetical listing describes additional campus units providing services regarding incidents of sexual assault.


Where can you get assistance if you are a student charged with committing sexual assault?

Sexual assault can be both a criminal offense as well as a violation of the Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct. A student alleged to have engaged in a sexual assault can be prosecuted under California criminal statutes, and/or disciplined under the Campus Code of Student Conduct. A student found responsible for committing a sexual assault under the Code is subject to dismissal by the University. A student found guilty of sexual assault under the criminal justice system is subject to a prison sentence.

What does a criminal process involve?

The University of California Police Department (UCPD) assists students who report being sexually assaulted in receiving medical treatment and reporting the incident. The department will investigate any criminal acts and seek prosecution, if desired, if the incident occurred on campus or University property. If the incident of sexual assault did not occur within UCPD jurisdiction, the department will assist by contacting the appropriate agency.

What is the difference between a student conduct process and a criminal process?

If a complaint is filed through the Student Conduct Process by a student, the University has an obligation to review the matter in part to (a) determine if there is a preponderance of evidence to demonstrate a violation of the Code of Student Conduct has occurred, and (b) ensure that the campus community can continue to work in an environment free from any form of harassment, intimidation or violence. This is an administrative and not a legal procedure.

How should you help if you are approached by a student who has been a victim of a sexual assault?


If someone comes to you for help, recognize that the student might be struggling with painful feelings-anger, fear, denial, or embarrassment. Provide support and give the student assurance that there are campus resources available to help.