Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call Program

The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call (SADoC) is the University official specifically trained as a Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate through the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call will provide emotional support to students who are victims of sexual violence. By providing basic legal and medical information, and referrals to other resources on campus and local community service organizations, the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call helps the student make informed decisions.

Role of the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call

The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call is available to answer any general or personal questions related to sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call ensures that the full breadth of University resources is available to assist the student through the crisis, explains procedures at the police station or the emergency room, gives general information about the criminal justice system and University disciplinary procedures, and provides referrals for counseling and other services, such as legal advocacy. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call will remain in contact with the student as long as the student wishes. 

The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call may speak with a student in confidence, and report only to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Personally identifying information will only be shared after obtaining the reporting student’s consent.

Disclosures to any Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call may lead to the University launching an investigation into the incident, even in the absence of any identifying information or the reporting student’s consent. If an investigation does proceed, the reporting student will not be identified and will not be compelled to participate. The reporting student may use the support provided by the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call for as long as needed.

However, when the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call honors a student’s request for confidentiality, the student must understand that the University’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the alleged respondent may be limited. For more information on resources and confidentiality, click here.

Confidentiality Note

All University personnel are “mandated reporters” who are required by law to report child abuse and neglect to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. For this reason, confidential resources (Sexual Assault Deans-on-Call, Student Counseling Service, Student Health Service, ordained religious advisors) cannot maintain complete confidentiality when they learn of the possible abuse and/or neglect of a person under the age of 18. For more information, see the University’s Policy on the Safety of Children. In addition, regardless of the ages of individuals involved, these confidential resources must notify the University officials specified in the aforementioned policy of threats to the physical safety of any person.

The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call will be contacted by the UCPD when:

  • A student arrives to the ER and asks for the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call;
  • A student reports a sexual assault to the UCPD;
  • An Area Dean of Students or a University staff member requests to speak with the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call;
  • A student victim requests to speak with the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call;
  • A friend or support person of the victim requests to speak with the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call.

Engaging the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call

A student may contact the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call at any time by calling the UCPD Dispatch at 773.702.8181 or 123 from any campus phone. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call may also be reached through a direct paging system by calling 773.834.HELP (4357). A student may contact the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call even if he or she has not yet decided whether to report the sexual assault to the police or to receive guidance and support in helping a student friend who may have been the victim of sexual assault.

In cases in which a student makes a report to UCPD, UCPD will notify the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call.

For the University's policy on Harassment, Discimination, and Sexual Misconduct, click here.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted:

Sexual Assault Dean on Call: 834-HELP (4357).
UCPD: 123 (on-campus) or (773) 702-8181