You may want to talk with someone confidentially about something you observed or experienced, even if you are not sure that the behavior constitutes sexual violence. A conversation where questions can be answered is far superior to keeping something to yourself. 

Students are encouraged to use the Campus Advocacy Services as a first step in receiving help  and information covering all  options involved in incidents of sexual assault, partner violence and/or stalking.  A confidential consultation with licensed, professional staff can  help students fully understand and take whatever actions they  may choose for safety, medical intervention, psychological support, and campus conduct or criminal reporting.

Confidential Emergency Response & Campus Advocacy Services

Campus Advocacy Services are available through the campus Victim Advocate, Catherine Van Bomel, catherine.vanbomel@purchase.edu,  and the Counseling Center staff.  Students seeking emergency help for assault or sexual violence/abuse may walk into the Counseling Center in the Humanities Building Lower Level during office hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M – F).   Students may call the Counseling Center at (914)251-6390 if to schedule an appointment with the Victim Advocate. 

After hours and on weekends, students may obtain Campus Advocacy Services by calling the campus emergency number monitored by the University Police Department: (914) 251-6911.  UPD will connect students with the member of the Counseling Center staff on call and Campus Advocacy Services will be provided.   You do not need to explain  or make a report prior to obtaining Campus Advocacy Services.  Students who walk into UPD to file a report will be also be offered Campus Advocacy Services.