Law & Reporting for Survivors

We can help, you are not alone.  SARC advocates can accompany you through many steps of the process, including accompaniment to resources or reporting offices.

Academic Reporting

Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (406) 243-5710

Dean of Students (406) 243-6413

Both of the above are options for non-criminal reporting, if involving students.  Both offices can impose sanctions on offenders including suspension and expulsion.

  • To view the Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and Retaliation Policy click here.
  • To view the Sexual Misconduct Laws and Policies, click here.

Criminal Reporting

A criminal report can be filed with Missoula Police Department, the Office of Public Safety or the Missoula County Sheriff’s office.  Survivors can call anonymously and speak with a detective regarding any questions they might have.  To report the crime of sexual assault, you can call any one of the following:

  • The Missoula Police Department at 9-1-1 or (406) 552-6300
  • The Missoula County Sheriff at 9-1-1 or (406) 258-4810
  • The University of Montana Office of Public Safety at (406) 243-4000

The Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office are committed to providing effective, efficient, compassionate and confidential service to sexual assault victims. They understand the complexity of these cases and the resulting physical and emotional trauma caused to victims. The law enforcement response is designed to address the safety, welfare and recovery of the victim and to ensure public safety, preserve evidence, and identify and prosecute the offender.

Duties, responsibilities and actions are the same no matter whether the responding officer is with the Missoula Police or the county Sheriff. The difference is one of where the alleged crime happened, whether it was inside or outside the city’s geographic boundary. (When first calling 911, the 911 dispatcher will determine the appropriate officer to send.)

For more information about agencies, reporting and resources, click here.

For information about the Montana Code Annotated Sexual Assault Legal Definition click here.