Sexual Assault and Harassment

Sexual assault and harassment are serious actions that demand our immediate attention. At UW-River Falls, we are committed to the prevention of all forms of sex‐based abuse.

Coercive sexual contact and unwelcome comments of a sexual nature are offensive and undermine the safety, security, and dignity of all members of the university community.

The University believes the recognition of a problem is the first step toward responding to that problem. This site is intended to provide general information that will help prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in the university community.

Wondering if you should report an assault?

Report any incident, even if you are unsure if you want to press criminal charges against the person who forced you to have sexual contact. You may report the incident to:

  • University Police
  • Student Affairs*
  • Counseling
  • Student Health Services
  • River Falls Police
  • A Resident Assistant Hall Manager
  • Turningpoint
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team

All reporting of any incident is confidential (except with sexual assaults of persons under 18 years of age). No action will be taken by University staff without your consent, unless the alleged perpetrator presents an immediate safety risk to the at large community.

*Division of Student Affairs

Options through the Division of Student Affairs may include disciplinary action if the offender is a student, faculty or staff member and a university policy has been violated. Possible disciplinary actions for students include reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

The Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilitiesmail will discuss with you your options, including the choice of reporting the assault to the University Police or the River Falls Police Department, or if the alleged perpetrator is a student, university conduct charges. Campus and community resources available to you will also be discussed.

Note: The victim SHOULD NOT bathe, change clothes, or do anything that might destroy physical evidence. IMMEDIATE CONTACT with another person who can lend support and   assistance is an important first step after a sexual contact has occurred.

For immediate help after an assault has occurred, contact:

  • University Police 911 425‐3133
  • River Falls Police 911 425‐0909
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team 911 425‐6443

For support and reporting after the immediate crisis, contact:

  • Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities 425‐4444 Ext 127
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 425‐4444 Ext 114
  • Counseling Services (UWRF) 425‐3884
  • Student Health Services (UWRF) 425‐3293
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team 911 425‐6443
  • River Falls Medical Clinic 425‐6701
  • Pierce County Reproductive Health Services 425‐8003
  • Turningpoint 1‐800‐345‐5104 425‐6751
  • Any Residence Life Staff Member

Victim’s Legal Rights

If a victim pursues legal prosecution, he or she has rights under Chapter 950 of the Wisconsin Statuteslink.

Download the Resource Guidedocument for sexual assaults and harassments