Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

Advocacy & Support

Our Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team within the Counseling Center provides privileged and confidential support services, advocacy, and counseling to Syracuse University students who have concerns related to any form of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and cyberbullying. There is no typical reaction to sexual assault or relationship violence. Your safety, your health, how you feel and what you want to do are most important right now. You do not have to go through this alone.

WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Advocacy including accompanying the student to the Department of Public Safety should the student decide to report the incident
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance in obtaining no-contact orders
  • Emotional and psychological support
  • Trauma informed counseling
  • Support groups for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence
  • 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
  • Coordination with other offices and services for academic and housing needs
  • Consultation with members of the university community regarding ways to support individuals who have been impacted by sexual or relationship violence

Services are available 24 hours, seven days a week by calling 315.443.4715

Our Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team works closely with the Office of Student Assistance, the Office of Health Promotion, and the Title IX Coordinator, to provide support, advocacy, education, and prevention regarding sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Collectively we are committed to working to end interpersonal violence and promote open discussion about sexual and relationship violence.

WHAT IS ADVOCACY?

Advocates are available to support you and provide information to help you make decisions and to aid in your recovery process. Advocates will help with understanding and promoting survivors’ rights. Please click here for more information on reporting options.

COMMONLY REQUESTED ASSISTANCE:

  • Obtaining no-contact orders
  • Coordinating help with other University departments (see list below)
  • Change of housing
  • Change of courseload and/or class schedule
  • Short- or long-term leaves of absence
  • Support during University Student Conduct process, should a student wish to file a complaint
  • Support through a criminal prosecution, should a student wish to file a complaint through the criminal justice system

WHERE CAN I GO FOR ADVOCACY SERVICES?

  • The Counseling Center (315.443.4715), provides privileged and confidential, 24-hour support and assistance, including advocacy, seven days a week, to Syracuse University students who have concerns related to any form of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and cyberbullying.

  • Case managers in the Office of Student Assistance (315.443.4357) are also available to provide advocacy and support on behalf of survivors with University departments.

  • If a student prefers to pursue advocacy services off-campus, referrals to Vera House (315.468.3260) can be facilitated as well.