What do we do?

Housed in the Center for Women and Gender Equity, we provide education to the campus community and advocacy on behalf of all students, staff and faculty survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

Survivor Advocacy Services takes a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach to create a support network for survivors. We also focus on a sensitive and proficient approach toward supporting survivors to minimize the trauma experienced.

When Can I Access an Advocate?  

Regardless of when an assault occurred or when the dating/domestic violence/stalking began, Survivor Advocacy Services is here to serve you and help you make informed decisions. Survivor Advocacy Services is committed to creating safe spaces for survivors of all races, religions, sexual orientations and genders.

What is limited confidentiality?

Staff members acting as advocates for Survivor Advocacy Services have limited confidentiality. They are required to report only general information about incidents of gender-based violence, such as the nature, date, time and general location of the incident and will take care to avoid reporting personally identifiable information about a survivor. Advocates consult with survivors on information to be withheld to protect privacy.

Survivor Advocacy Services has an advocate to provide:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Medical accompaniment
  • Court accompaniment
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • Serve as a resource to help survivors understand the University process
  • Requests for leniency
  • Coordination of safe housing
  • Academic accommodations*

 *Some accommodations may need to be approved through the Title IX Office. Consult with your advocate about the resources available.

If you need assistance, call the Center for Women and Gender Equity at 423-425-5648 during business hours to schedule an appointment or speak with an advocate.