UNL encourages any person subjected to a crime to report to law enforcement and to report sexual misconduct to Institutional Equity and Compliance, the university's Title IX office. There are several reporting options.
- Report a Crime
- Anonymous Reporting
- File a Complaint Using the University's Incident Reporting System
- Contact an Official With Authority
- File a Title IX Complaint with the University
- File a Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.
- Where Can I Find Information About the University's Complaint Investigation Process?
- Will I Suffer Retaliation for Reporting?
Report a Crime
If there is a crime in progress or you need immediate medical care or safety measures, call 911. You can also text campus police at 402-472-0800.
Non-emergency contact information for law enforcement agencies is available under Law Enforcement on our Resources and Support page
You may choose to file a report with the university and request that your name not be used in the investigation process. However, it is often difficult to investigate allegations when an individual requests their name not be disclosed during an investigation. Reporting anonymously may limit the university’s ability to conduct a full investigation and take action. You may report anonymously through the university's incident reporting system (see below).
File a Complaint Using the University's Incident Reporting System
You may report a concern using UNL Report. The UNL Report link may be found at the bottom of each university webpage. All reported concerns which contain potential sexual misconduct allegations will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator and/or designee.
Contact an Official with Authority
Officials with Authority (OWAs) are individuals working at UNL who must inform the Title IX Coordinator of allegations of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct. For a list of individuals identified as OWAs, please see Reporting Responsibilities. Once an OWA has alerted the Title IX Coordinator of a concern, Institutional Equity and Compliance will reach out to the individual(s) who may have been subjected to sexual misconduct to offer resources and information about reporting options.
Please understand, if you choose to share your concerns with a Confidential Resource, or if you talk to someone who is not identified as an OWA, the university may not investigate your concerns as it may not have notice of those concerns. To the extent you want the university to take action, you need to report to an OWA, the University Police Department or the Title IX Coordinator.
File a Title IX Complaint with the University
UNL’s Title IX Coordinator is Meagan Counley. Ms. Counley may be reached at:
Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
128 Canfield Administration Building
Lincoln, NE 68588-0437
Telephone: (402) 472-3417
File a Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education enforces Title IX. For more information, see http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html.
Where Can I Find Information About the University's Complaint Investigation Process?
There are three documents that contain information about the university’s complaint investigation process. The first is the Sexual Misconduct Policy, which defines prohibited conduct and explains the university’s jurisdiction. In cases where the individual(s) alleged to have engaged in misconduct are university students, the Procedures for Sexual Misconduct Reports against Students apply. In cases where the individual(s) alleged to have engaged in misconduct are faculty or staff, the Procedures for Sexual Misconduct Reports against Employees apply.
Will I Suffer Retaliation for Reporting?
Fear of retaliation should never be an obstacle to reporting an incident of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct. Individuals who believe they have been subjected to misconduct are encouraged to report, and have the right to seek support and utilize available resources without fear of retaliation. Retaliation for reporting concerns or violations of policy is prohibited by the university. The university prohibits retaliatory conduct taken against any person who reports concerns, files a police report, or files a complaint with the university. Retaliation is also prohibited against anyone who participates in an investigation as a witness. Retaliation is a separate violation of university policy. Sanctions available for sexual misconduct violations are also available for retaliatory conduct. If you believe you have been subjected to retaliation for filing a sexual misconduct complaint, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.