Frequently Asked Questions
What is sexual misconduct?
Can there still be an assault if I consent to some sexual activity, but then say no to other sexual activity?
Can I be assaulted by my boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or acquaintance?
When is someone incapable of giving consent?
I’ve either been assaulted or know someone who has experienced sexual violence, who should I talk to about it?
If sexual misconduct is reported to the UNMPD directly, an official police report will be filed, including the name and identifying information of the complainant. A filed police report does not obligate one to press charges, but keep in mind that if the police determine that the suspect may pose a threat to the campus community, they will be obligated to disclose the case to other departments on campus, even if he/she prefer not to have the case investigated.
UNM Faculty and Staff
Under Title IX, all UNM staff and faculty have a legal obligation to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Office of Equal Opportunity
Once the University of New Mexico is made aware of possible sexual violence or misconduct, it has a legal obligation (under Title IX) to investigate the matter regardless of whether the person wishes the University to pursue the complaint. The Office of Equal Opportunity is a neutral party that serves to investigate all reported incidents of sexual violence that occur with their jurisdiction. Reports made to the Office of Equal Opportunity will remain confidential to the fullest extent possible throughout the course of an administrative investigation.
Anonymous and Confidential Reporters
UNM has designated three advocacy centers on campus where an individual can speak anonymously – they will not share details or concerns with anyone without one’s signed permission. These advocacy centers are staffed with professional advocates who have received specialized training in order to provide this service to students.
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Additionally, those persons on campus who are acting as a medical provider (such as Student Health and Counseling) or are otherwise bound by licensure, do not disclose reports of sexual misconduct.
If you choose to report to an off-campus, community resource, no information will be shared with the University of New Mexico. Unless you choose to file a report, no action will be taken by the University of New Mexico to resolve concerns.
What is Title IX?
What are possible discipline/sanctions in relation to a violation of the UNM Sexual Assault policy?
What is a confidential and anonymous reporter?
Does it matter when I report the incident?
After I report sexual misconduct or sexual violence, what happens?
More frequently asked questions will be added soon.
Still have questions? Call us at the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center at 505-277-2911