How to Get Help 

Too many options? Not sure what to do? 

Contact Alli Cansler, Assistant Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Advocacy and Education (allison-cansler@utc.edu; (423) 425-5650).  Alli is UTC's primary victim advocate and can provide details about available options and resources.  Alli is a limited-confidential resource, and identifying information will not be provided to the University.  Advocacy is available after-hours and on weekends by contacting UTC's Police Department at (423) 425-HELP/4357 and asking for the advocate on call. 

Contact the Partnership Rape Crisis and Family Violence Center's 24-hour hotline at (423) 755-2700. The Partnership can provide tools, resources and emergency help.  The Partnership's services are completely confidential. 


Step 1: Get Safe 

If you are on campus and feel you are in immediate danger, or you are afraid that you will be hurt again, contact UTC's Police Department at (423) 425-HELP/4357 or dial 911 from a campus phone. If you are off campus, please dial 911.

You can also call a friend or a 24-hour crisis hotline (Partnership Rape Crisis and Family Violence Center: (423) 755-2700) for support and assistance with decision-making.

Visit our resources page for a full list of on and off campus resources and support. 


Step 2: Get Medical Attention

On Campus Medical Provider 

Student Health Services

Location: Maclellan Gym, Room 205

Phone: (423) 425-2266 

The staff of Student Health Services (SHS) seeks to give every student, faculty and staff member optimum healthcare.  Services include visits for acute and chronic illnesses, physical exams, screenings, immunizations, lab services, TB skin testing and allergy shots. 

Off Campus Medical Provider of Sexual Assault Exams 

Partnership Rape Crisis and Family Violence Center

Location: 300 E. 8th St., Chattanooga 

Phone: (423) 755-2700 (available 24/7) 

Sexual assault survivors have the option – and are encouraged to – have evidence collected and preserved by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).  In the City of Chattanooga, all SANE exams are conducted at the Partnership Rape Crisis and Family Violence Center. 

SANE exams can be conducted within 120 hours of an assault.  During the exam, the SANE nurse will collect evidence that may be on your body or on your clothes.  If you think you might want an exam, it is recommended that you not shower, bathe, change clothes or go to the bathroom prior to the exam. Exams are offered at no cost. 

Evidence collected during a SANE exam can be used if you later choose to report the incident to the police, but individuals who have a SANE exam are under no obligation to report.   


 Step 3: Get Support

Mental and emotional well-being is often compromised after experiencing a traumatic event. Reaching out to people who can support you is an essential part of healing and recovery. It is never too early or too late to seek support. 

Academic and housing assistance is an important form of support, and is available for survivors through Alli Cansler, Assistant Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and Primary Victim Advocate (allison-cansler@utc.edu; (423) 425-5650). Survivors may also choose to contact Stephanie Rowland, Title IX Coordinator (stephanie-rowland@utc.edu; (423) 425-4255). 

Confidential Support Options

Survivor Advocacy Services*

Location: 350 University Center (located within the Center for Women and Gender Equity)

Phone: (423) 425-5648 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.); after hours/weekends: Contact UTCPD at (423) 425-HELP/4357 and ask for the advocate on call 

Counseling and Personal Development Center

Location: 338 University Center 

Phone: (423) 425-4438 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.); after hours/weekends: Contact UTCPD at (423) 425-HELP/4357 and ask for the counselor on call

Student Health Services

Location: Maclellan Gym, Room 205

Phone: (423) 425-2266

*Staff members acting as advocates through Survivor Advocacy Services have limited confidentiality. That means that they are required to report general information about incidents of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, including the type of incident and the date, time, and general location of the incident.  Personally-identifiable information, including the survivor's name, will not be reported to the University. 

Non-Confidential Support Options

Student Conduct, Student Outreach & Support, Respondent Support Services

Location: 310 University Center

Phone: (423) 425-4301

Email: conduct@utc.edusos@utc.edu

Title IX Coordinator

Location: 206 Hooper Hall

Phone: (423) 425-4255

Email: titleix@utc.edu; stephanie-rowland@utc.edu 


Step 4: Consider Reporting 

Reports can be made online, or in person to Stephanie Rowland, Title IX Coordinator (stephanie-rowland@utc.edu; (423) 425-4255).  Students are also encouraged to report incidents to law enforcement by contacting UTC's police department at (423) 425-HELP (4357).  For other reporting options, please visit How Do I Report?

Please remember that making a report does not automatically mean pressing criminal charges or deciding to go through campus disciplinary proceedings, although those options are available only to students who choose to report.  Students can report incidents at any time, and are able to access support even if they choose not to make an official report.