Sexual Assault

Sexual and relationship violence affect people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, ages, appearances, abilities, and national origins. 

If you have been sexually assaulted, find a safe place and consider contacting any one of these resources to help you: 

On-Campus Privileged and Confidential Resource

  • Our Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at the Counseling Center 315.443.4715, 200 Walnut Avenue, provides privileged and confidential support, advocacy, and counseling for survivors of sexual assault and can be accessed 24 hours, seven days a week.

    Accessing immediate support during regular University business hours
  • Students can walk in and speak with a Sexual and Relationship Violence counselor at 200 Walnut Avenue. Students can also call our Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at 315.443.4715 and ask to speak with the Sexual and Relationship Violence counselor.

    Accessing immediate support after business hours or on weekends
  • Students can call our Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at 315.443.4715, press “0” when prompted by the voicemail, and then ask to speak with the on-call counselor.

Off-Campus Privileged and Confidential Resource

  • Vera House 315.422.7273, 6181 Thompson Road #100, is a resource in the Syracuse community that also provides privileged and confidential support and advocacy to survivors.

If you do not feel safe or have a serious injury:

  • Contact the Department of Public Safety 315.443.2224 or 711 from campus phones, #SU from cellular phones, or the police (911), 005 Sims Hall. You are under no obligation to file a report with the police. In some cases, a Syracuse Police Department officer might ask to speak with you about the crime. The Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team can assist you with questions and concerns you might have about this.

To report and resolve a complaint:

Our Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team provides the following services to students who have been sexually assaulted or experienced other forms of sexual misconduct:

  • Emotional and psychological support
  • Advocacy including accompanying the student to the Department of Public Safety or to the Title IX Coordinator should the student decide to report the incident
  • Safety planning
  • Facilitation of medical evaluation and evidence collection as needed and/or desired
  • Review of legal and procedural information regarding reporting options to the university and/or law-enforcement
  • Trauma informed counseling
  • Coordination with other offices and services for academic and housing needs
  • Assistance in obtaining no-contact orders
  • Consultation with members of the university community regarding ways to support individuals who have been impacted by sexual or relationship violence

Things to consider if you have recently experienced a sexual assault: 

  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, shower, drink, brush your teeth, wash your hands or change your clothes until you have a medical examination in the event there is any possibility that you want to make a police report now or sometime in the future. If you remove your clothing, place it in a paper bag to prevent deterioration of evidence. Please click here for additional information regarding sexual assault evidence collection.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible after a sexual assault even if you choose not to have an examination to collect evidence.. A healthcare professional can assess for any possible injuries, provide emergency contraception (if needed) and screen for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and pregnancy are available by appointment at Syracuse University Health Services at 315.443.9005.
  • If you suspect that you might have been given a drug, tesing is available through Health Services during their office hours, however, this testing cannot be used as evidence for criminal prosecution.  If you are considering prosecution, a urine sample should be collected through a hospital emergency department.
  • If you would like to report the incident, contact the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224 or 711 from campus phones, #SU from cellular phones, the University’s Title IX coordinator at 315.443.0211, or the Syracuse Police Department at 315.435.3016.  Please click here for additional information on your options for reporting the incident. For information on confidentiality regarding sexual violence please click here
  • If you are concerned about payment of medical expenses related to examination after a sexual assault, the Counseling Center can inform you of available financial assistance.
  • The aftermath of sexual violence can be emotional and difficult. As a survivor, self-care is a key part of the healing process. Listen to your emotions, intuition, and instincts, and do not feel pressured to do anything beyond your level of comfort. Many survivors of sexual assault find it helpful to talk with a counselor while coping with the effects of trauma following an assault.