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Help for victims of sexual misconduct

Get help for yourself

Contact law enforcement

Emergency

Call 9-1-1.

Non-emergency

Anonymous crime reporting

Report a crime anonymously by text, through an app, on the phone or via a web form. See it. Report it. Get rewarded.


Seek medical assistance

Evidence can be collected only in the first 72 hours following an assault. Seeking medical assistance does not mean you have to report to police.

Urgent care

Personal care

  • UA's Student Health Services, located in Suite 260 of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 330-972-7808. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Services include:
    • general primary health eare,
    • evaluation and treatment of uncomplicated illness and injury,
    • a Well Women’s Clinic,
    • annual women’s wellness exams, including cervical cancer screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections,
    • patient information and education about healthy and safe lifestyle practices and contraceptive options,
    • referral assistance for health concerns beyond the scope of the department, and
    • help in seeking assistance from your primary care physician.

Seek an advocate

You deserve a team of support. You choose. You are not alone.

Rape Crisis Center

The Rape Crisis Center provides services 24 hours on its hotline number, 877-906-RAPE. This local community nonprofit now has an office in Room 246 of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (map). Call 330-972-6328.

Services include:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline,
  • crisis intervention,
  • justice system advocacy,
  • information and resources,
  • 24-hour hospital advocacy,
  • volunteer and internship opportunities,
  • community and professional education, and
  • support groups.

Seek counseling & support

Counseling Center

Confidential counseling is available, no matter how much time has elapsed since the incident.

Resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for students, faculty and staff members.

  • On-campus counseling services are available for students at the Counseling and Testing Center in Simmons Hall 306, 330-972-7082. Open normal business hours.
  • Off-campus options: See list.

Need help with an additional concern?

Help a Zip | Notify us about a student in distress over academics, personal problems or finances. Students can self-refer.

The CARE Team | This team of professionals helps students who are engaging in behaviors perceived as being harmful (to themselves or others) or unusual.


If you are not feeling safe on campus

CAMPUS POLICE | The University of Akron Police Department is here to serve students around the clock. Call 330-972-2911 or visit the police website.

CAMPUS PATROL | Campus Patrol operates around the clock for the safety of anyone walking alone on campus. By calling 330-972-7263, an escort will come to your location and accompany you to your local destination. Campus Patrol members are employed and trained by UAPD. They are easily identified by conspicuously marked shirts or jackets. Teams assist UAPD in patrolling the campus, including parking lots and reporting suspicious behavior. Website.

TITLE IX COORDINATORS | The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that students, staff and faculty who have been subject to sexual misconduct are provided additional support and measures to help them feel safe on campus. Contact information.


About confidentiality

Confidentiality and choosing a reporting resource

PDF icon  Chart: Confidentiality level of select resources

Policies and procedures

Reporting sexual misconduct and sexual assault
About University policies, procedures, confidentiality, reporting, rights and definitions


Get help for a friend

  • “I believe you” | This may seem unnecessary, but it’s an important message to convey. Even if you have questions or doubts about the circumstances surrounding the assault, it’s vital that you interact with your loved one as though you fully believe him/her.
  • “It’s not your fault” | Nearly all survivors question their own actions before, during and even after the assault. It’s important that you let your loved one know that the only one responsible for the assault is the person who committed it. Your loved one neither caused nor deserved what happened.
  • “I’m here for you” | Even if your loved one does not want to talk to you about the assault or his/her feelings about it, it’s important that you let him/her know that you are available anytime for support.
  • “What can I do?/What will help you?” | Many love ones are afraid of saying or doing something wrong. It’s often helpful to simply ask your loved one what would be helpful for them.
  • Treat your loved one the same: Survivors need to know that their loved ones still love them, care about them, and think of them the same as always.
  • Empower your loved one: Sexual assault is the ultimate loss of power and control over one’s body, safety and well-being. One of the most impactful things you can do is to help restore your loved one’s sense of control by allowing him/her to make decisions and to play an active role in his/her recovery.
  • Maintain your focus: Many loved ones feel very strongly about seeking justice or even retaliation for the assault. While anger at an offender is appropriate, focusing on the offender takes your focus away from where it needs to be – your loved one.
  • Follow their lead: Allow your loved one the time and space he/she needs to regain a sense of control and begin the recovery process. This will require an open mind and a lot of patience on your part.
  • If your loved one threatens to harm or kill him/herself, you must intervene. If the threat is imminent, call 911 right away. If it is less urgent, contact your local crisis hotline or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Similarly, if your loved one is threatening to harm or kill the offender (or anyone else), you must intervene by calling 911 or your local police department’s dispatch number.
  • If your loved one is experiencing prolonged symptoms of distress that are interfering with his/her quality of life, encourage him/her to seek assistance.

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Title IX at Akron

COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION The University has prepared a detailed website for students, employees and others about Title IX, how to report misconduct and UA's policies/procedures.

Title IX at UA

Report a Title IX concern