[Resources marked with a (+) are confidential]
If you have any questions about sexual misconduct or need help following an act of sexual misconduct, the following University offices and staff members can offer information and support. Choose any office or person with whom you feel most comfortable.
Campus Sexual Misconduct Advocate (+) (610-436-0732, Office of Wellness Promotion, Commonwealth Hall, Room 12). The Campus Sexual Misconduct Advocate provides information on campus reporting, referrals, and provides supports to students who have been victimized by sexual misconduct. The Campus Sexual Misconduct Advocate also participates in campus sexual misconduct prevention education.
Center for Women and Gender Equity (+) (610-436-2122, Lawrence 220) offers confidential assistance, resources, and referrals for those who are impacted by sexual assault or misconduct. The Center does not offer counseling services or medical services; instead they provide information on resources and support for the person.
The Center is available to students of all genders free of charge. Victims are welcomed at any time after an assault, whether it has been two days since the student was assaulted or two years. Friends or romantic partners of those who have been victimized are also welcome to visit the Center for assistance and resources.
The Center is staffed by a diverse group who are trained to handle matters of sexual misconduct with sensitivity. The Center is open from 8:00am until 4:00pm Monday through Friday.
Coordinator for Healthy Masculinities and Violence Prevention (+) (610-436-2122, Lawrence 220). The Coordinator is located in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and is a resource on programming and interpersonal violence prevention work.
The Counseling Center (+) (610-436-2301, Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor) offers confidential counseling to students who have been sexually assaulted or victimized, whether recently or in the past. Counseling is also offered to those who have been accused or found guilty of sexual misconduct. All counseling is confidential. This means that the counselor cannot speak with others about the student’s situation without the student’s written permission.
The Counseling Center is staffed by male and female psychologists and trainees. Once the student has met with a counselor, together they decide a plan for treatment. Subsequent counseling sessions typically focus on providing emotional support, developing safety and coping skills, and understanding the impact of the sex offense in the student’s life now. Since there is no “one way” to heal, the Counseling Center seeks to support the student through their individual healing process.
There are no fees for currently enrolled students to receive counseling. Visit the Counseling Center during triage hours to schedule an appointment. During this time you will complete an online assessment and meet with a psychologist for a short period of time to determine your level of care. Call the Counseling Center or visit their website to see the triage hour’s schedule.
If a situation occurs after normal business hours, the on-call psychologist may be accessed by contacting Public Safety (610-436-3311); or, Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County in West Chester staffs a 24-hour phone line (610-692-7273) that can provide immediate response and support.
LARC (Learning Assistance and Resource Center) (610-436-2535, Lawrence 224) is a resource to provide quality academic support services which help students become independent, active learners who achieve academic success. The LARC can assist in tutoring and other supports to continue to be successful academically.
Office for Student Conduct (610-436-3511, Sykes 238) is responsible for enforcing violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Director of Student Conduct offers assistance and guidance to students, staff, and faculty, including complainants and the accused, in matters regarding sexual misconduct.
The Director of Student Conduct can:
Public Safety (610-436-3311, 690 South Church Street) Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are responsible for investigating crimes on-campus and are available to take reports related to sexual misconduct at any time of day.
Public Safety can:
Student Health Services (+) (610-436-2509, Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor) offers confidential medical care and assistance for the victim of a sexual assault. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Scheduling an appointment is recommended but not required. For urgent medical care when Health Services is not open, please dial 911, go directly to the nearest emergency room, or call the Department of Public Safety (610-436-3311).
Nurse practitioners and physicians receive training to provide appropriate medical treatment and care, as well as discuss available services such as counseling and reporting. Student Health Services offers gynecological exams, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, HIV tests, and sexually transmitted infection tests. All standard post-assault medical care will be free of charge.
Post-assault forensic evidence collection (commonly referred to as a “rape kit”) is not available at Student Health Services. However, nurse practitioners and physicians can help locate a medical provider who offers this service.
Title IX Coordinator/Social Equity Director (610-436-2433, 13/15 University Avenue) offers assistance to students, faculty, or staff in matters regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
The Office of Social Equity can:
In addition, the Title IX Coordinator/Social Equity Director monitors and oversees complaints of discrimination and harassment in compliance with federal regulations.
Center for International Programs(610-436-3515, 320 Mitchell Hall). The Center for International Programs is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. The Center for International Programs can help students related to VISA issues or other immigration problems that parties involved with a case of sexual misconduct need further immigration support on.
Department of Athletics (610-436-3573, Sturzebecker HSC 220) The assistant director of Athletics has been selected by the Department of Athletics as the contact person to assist in situations that involve sexual misconduct. Students may choose to contact them for help with filing a report and/or locating appropriate resources such as medical care and counseling.
Financial Aid (610-436-2627, 25 University Avenue, Suite 030). The Financial Aid Office can assist you with questions pertaining to your circumstances if your financial aid is affected by a case of sexual misconduct.
Lawrence A Dowdy Multicultural Center (610-436-3273, Sykes 003) offers a supportive environment for multicultural students at West Chester University. The Dowdy Center coordinates services, programs, and referrals that enhance the academic and personal development of students of color. In matters of sexual misconduct, the Dowdy Center provides support, information, and referral assistance to students.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Ally Services (610-436-3147, Sykes 238) offers support services for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and their allies.
On-Campus Legal Advice is available by appointment during the fall and spring semesters. A student may make an appointment by logging onto their myWCU account and clicking the link at the bottom right side of the screen that says “Legal Advice.” During summer sessions, students in need of legal advice should contact Christina Brenner, Director of Student Conduct (610-436-3511, Sykes Student Union, Room 238).
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (610-436-2117, Sykes 238) Students may choose to contact the Director, to help file a report and/or locate appropriate resources.
Office of Residence Life (610-436-3307, Lawrence 202) The Department of Residence Life and Housing Services has live-in staff available to students who have experienced sexual misconduct. The live-in staff includes Resident Directors (RD), Graduate Hall Directors (GHD), Graduate Assistants (GA), and Resident Assistants (RA) who are trained to empower the victim. Staff members assist with room changes and other housing needs in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator/Social Equity Director.
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) (610-436-2564, Lawrence 223) Students may choose to contact the Director, to help file a report and/or locate appropriate resources.
In addition to the numerous services on campus, there are many additional services and organizations available for those who have been victimized by sexual misconduct.
Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County (CVC) (+) is located at 135-137 W. Market Street. The CVC provides free and confidential support to members of the West Chester community who have been victimized. They offer include court and hospital accompaniment, and they assign an advocate to help victims, significant others, and family members through the entire process. They have a 24 hour hotline for sexual assault (610-692-7273). Their business hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVC)(+) provides support for individuals and families who have been abused, physically or sexually, by someone whom they share a residency with, and/or with whom they have had an intimate relationship. DVC can assist with emergency shelter and long term housing needs for victims. They also provide a wide range of legal services, including help with obtaining a “PFA” (or Protection From Abuse order) and court accompaniment. They can be contacted on their 24 hour hotline at 610-431-1430.
National Center for Victims of Crime, Stalking Resource Center provides information and resources for victims of stalking. The helpline number is 1-800-FYI-CALL. You can also visit their website at www.ncvc.org/src/Main.aspx.
Male Survivor is an organization dedicated to providing support for male victims of sexual assault. Visit their website at www.malesurvivor.org.
The Network La Red is an organization committed to supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with information on and resources about battered relationships. They can be reached on their hotline (617-742-4911). Or, visit their website at www.thenetworklared.org.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) (+) is a nationwide organization that provides free and confidential support for victims of sexual assault. They offer immediate crisis help and information about recovery. They can be reached on their hotline (1-800-656-HOPE), or by visiting their website and online hotline at www.rainn.org.