Reporting/Immediate Help for Sexual Misconduct Victims

If you believe you or someone you know has been impacted by Sexual Misconduct, you are urged to immediately notify the police and/or seek medical attention.

Submit an Incident Report with PLU

Confidential Health and Safety

Seeking Medical Treatment:

Students who believe they have been sexually assaulted may seek medical attention without reporting the crime to the police. The hospital emergency room will assist in treatment of injuries, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and crisis intervention and emotional support services. Physical evidence can also be collected at this time.

  • Tacoma General Hospital
    315 Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma 98405
    Telephone: 253-403-1000
    Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • St. Clare Hospital
    11315 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
    Telephone: 253-985-1711
    Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Pacific Lutheran University Student Health Center
    121st. Street and Park Avenue, Tacoma
    Telephone: 253-535-7337
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Any Local Hospital of the Impacted Party’s Choice

Seeking Emotional Support:

Students who believe they have been sexually assaulted may seek emotional support without reporting the crime to the police or PLU.

Confidential Resources

Pacific Lutheran University Confidential Advocate

  • Website: Advocacy Services
  • Telephone: 253-535-8204
  • Office: Center for DJS, Anderson University Center 150

Pacific Lutheran University Counseling Services

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 253-535-7206
  • Office: Anderson University Center 300

PLU Counseling Services Crisis Line - immediate access to counseling services

  • Telephone: 253-535-7075

PLU TimelyCare - online / phone -based mental health and medical care

Pacific Lutheran University Student Health Services

Pacific Lutheran University Campus Ministry

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 253-535-7465
  • Office: Anderson University Center 190

Pierce County Sexual Assault Center - Rebuilding Hope

Pierce County Domestic Violence Helpline

National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • 1-800-656-HOPE

Steps To Take If You Are a Victim of Sexual Misconduct

If you feel you are the victim of a sexual misconduct violation, some of the following steps may be taken, depending on the severity of the incident and the time elapsed since the incident. Additionally, anyone who observes or suspects a potential sexual misconduct is encouraged to take these steps as well. While these are options for any student, each student is encouraged to do what is best for them and what they feel most comfortable with.

  • Seek Safety: If a student is in need of immediate safety, get to safety. This can include calling Campus Safety (Emergency Line: (253) 535-7911) or local law enforcement at 9-1-1 for emergency situations, or RA on Duty if it is between 6pm-8am Sunday-Thursday, 6pm Friday – 8am Sunday.
  • Get Medical Attention: Students have the option of seeking medical attention for any injuries sustained, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy screenings, and other services related to health and wellness. Students are encouraged to either go to local hospitals for this service, or the PLU Health Center for non-emergency cases. Local hospitals, listed in the Resource section of this policy, are able to perform a Forensic Exam if desired.
  • Preserve Evidence: Regardless of whether a student thinks they would like to pursue a process through local law enforcement or PLU, students are encouraged to preserve evidence to the best of their ability. The following are suggestions of ways to preserve evidence. While some will not apply to every situation, these are suggestions and not inclusive of ways to preserve evidence.
    • Do not shower, bath, douche, smoke, brush teeth, eat, drink, or change clothes before going to the hospital for medical attention. Go to the Emergency Room for a Sexual Assault Forensics Exam if sexual violence occurred within a reasonable timeframe.
      • Campus Safety or local law enforcement can help with transportation to local hospitals
      • If a student feels they were drugged, it is important to mention this to the medical provider and/or law enforcement as soon as possible.
    • For any case of sexual misconduct, keep all texts, messages, emails, and other social media documentation. Take screenshots as necessary.
    • For cases of stalking, keep logs of information, letters, voicemails, or any other tangible item.
  • Seek Support: Students have a variety of options of seeking support, listed in the resource section above. Confidential resources are available if students are not interested in pursuing any conduct or criminal processes.
  • Consider Reporting: There are several different ways to report a claim of sexual misconduct. Students who report a complaint will have input on how the claim is handled within PLU. Additionally, students have the option to file a report with local law enforcement.