HELP A ZIP
Help for students having personal or academic difficulties
College can be stressful for students as they balance academics with their lives outside of the classroom. If you are aware of someone in distress, or if you are in need of help, please use this page to let us know.
One of our caring student-support professionals will offer resources for assistance.
Other sources for assistance
You have several options:
- University of Akron Police: Available 24-7 at 330-972-2911.
- Mike Strong, UA's deputy Title IX coordinator for students, is the principal resource for students who want to know more about their options and available resources if they’ve been victims of, or involved with sexual assault or sexual harassment. Mike is trained in all aspects of Title IX, a law designed to ensure gender equity on college campuses. Mike can be reached at 330-972-6048.
- Vanessa Sampsel is the the campus outreach coordinator for The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. Vanessa and the team at The Rape Crisis Center provide crisis intervention, support, advocacy and other resources to survivors of sexual assault. The Center’s 24-hour hotline is 330-434-RAPE. Vaness is located in Room 246 or the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Call her at 330-972-6328.
- Additional resources for sexual assault victims
- Sexual respect at UA
- Reporting sexual misconduct and sexual assault | Learn about about confidentiality, resources available and how to file a report.
Additional Title IX coordinators who can assist
- Mark Stasitis is the University’s Title IX coordinator for matters related to University sex and or gender based offenses. Stasitis can be reached at: 125N Administrative Services Building, 330-972-2352, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Stasitis oversees the Title IX process at UA
- Bethany Prusky is the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator for matters related to employee sex-based offenses. Prusky can be reached at: 125L Administrative Services Building, 330-972-6195 or email@example.com
- Mary Lu Gribshaw is the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator for athletics. Ms. Gribshaw can be reached at: 183 James A. Rhodes Arena, 330-972-7080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CARE Team is a University organization that provides guidance and assistance to students who are experiencing crises, displaying odd or unusual behaviors, or are engaging in other behaviors that may be perceived as being harmful (either to the student individually, or to others). CARE stands for Crisis, Assessment, Referral and Evaluation
The CARE Team accepts referrals and responds to students (and their families, faculty, and staff) when concerns for a student’s health, welfare, and safety are identified.
The CARE Team also supports members of the University community who interact with at-risk students by assessing and evaluating situations, communicating with individuals involved or impacted by a student’s behavior, and providing referrals and resources to assist and address behavioral concerns.
About Help a Zip
Direct questions about these services to:
Nancy L. Roadruck
Assistant Vice President for Student Success
Division of Student Success
330-972-7979 or email@example.com