Immediate steps

  • Go to a safe place. Your RA’s room, a friend’s room, or any open offices on campus.
  • If you are in danger, call the police: Tulane Police Department at 504-865-5911 (for on or near campus incidents) or 911. The police can provide immediate assistance to ensure your safety. Note that TUPD can respond to off-campus locations if they are near our Uptown and Downtown campuses.
  • Call someone you trust. A friend, family member, or the confidential hot lines run by SAPHE and The Line are all good resources. You do not have to go through this alone.
  • Preserve evidence. After a sexual assault, do not shower until you have considered whether to have a no-cost sexual assault forensic exam within 120 hours of the assault. You do not need to make a formal report or press charges to have a sexual assault forensic exam. Save the clothes you were wearing (unwashed) in a paper or cloth bag. After sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking, take photos of any damage or injury and keep communication records (i.e., texts, emails, letters).

Within 24 hours

  • Seek out support. You may want to turn to a confidential advocate or counselor or any of the on-campus resources for support and information. They will talk with you about your options for additional support services and reporting.
  • After unwanted physical contact, get medical care. A medical provider can check and treat you for physical injury, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. You do not need to make a formal report or press charges to receive free medical care.
  • You do not need to make a formal report or press charges to receive medical care. But if you decide to report the assault in the future, getting medical care, including a sexual assault exam within 120 hours (5 days) of an assault can allow for collection and preservation of important forensic and/or DNA evidence. Tulane can arrange for transportation to the hospital if you want an exam.

University Medical Center is the only location in New Orleans to receive a FREE forensic medical examination