Sexual and Relationship Violence

The Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for students seeking support, advocacy and discussion of reporting options for sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment by calling 315.443.8000. This is a free and confidential service.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, there may be many confusing emotions that surface as well as questions about what to do. Immediate support to help sort out what your needs are is important.

Contact Any of the Following:

  • Call 911 for life-threatening injuries or if you are in immediate danger.
  • Call 315.443.2224 for the Department of Public Safety.
  • Call 315.443.8000 for the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team.
  • Call 315.443.4299 for the Syracuse University Ambulance.
  • Call 315.435.3016 for the Syracuse Police Department. (You are under no obligation to file a report with the police.)

Consider Contacting a Privileged and Confidential Resource For Help.

Call 315.443.8000 for Syracuse University’s 24-Hour Support and Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team.

In-person Crisis Management Services

Drop-in and appointments are available, please call 315.443.8000.

Additional Sexual and Relationship Violence Information

Do not urinate, bathe, shower, eat/drink, brush your teeth, wash your hands or change your clothes until you have a medical examination; if there is possibility that you want to make a police report now or the future.

You Can Still Choose to Have an Exam

Even if you have changed clothing, bathed, showered or douched, you can have an exam. If you changed, take the clothing worn at the time of the assault to the hospital in a paper bag, as plastic may destroy important evidence.

Even if you choose not to have an examination to collect evidence, seek medical attention as soon as possible. A healthcare professional can assess for any injuries, provide emergency contraception and screen for sexually transmitted infections. Learn more by visiting the Syracuse University health care page.

If there is any chance you may report a sexual assault, evidence should be collected within 96-hours of the assault. In Syracuse specially trained nurses, called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), are available 24-hours. Learn more by visiting the emergency services page evidence can be collected at any emergency department.

If you suspect you may have been given a drug, testing is provided through the health and wellness team. On-campus testing cannot be used as evidence for criminal prosecution, however members of the health and wellness team can provide additional resources as needed. Find Syracuse University health care options here.

A victim advocate can help you through the medical examination, and if you choose to report the assault legally, they with assist during the reporting process.

Syracuse University Medical Transport Services are available to transport students from on-campus locations, to the Barnes Center at The Arch or a local hospital, then back to campus.

If you are concerned about payment of medical expenses related to examination after a sexual assault, the Barnes Center at The Arch health and wellness team can inform you of available financial assistance.

Syracuse University is committed to providing safe and supportive spaces to students who have been impacted by sexual and relationship violence. Find additional information on the Barnes Center at The Arch confidentiality webpage.

Students who have experienced sexual and relationship violence have access to 24-hour advocacy and support services by calling 315.443.8000. Advocates provide information to help victims/survivors make decisions and understand their rights sexual and relationship violence bill of rights, as well as aid in the recovery process.

Serving as an advocate, members of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team will:

  • Accompany a student to the Department of Public Safety should the student decide to report the incident
  • Assist in obtaining no-contact orders, change of housing or course load/class schedule requests, and short- or long-term leaves of absence
  • Connect with support groups for survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence
  • Coordinate with other offices and services
  • Consult with members of the University community regarding ways to support individuals who have been impacted by sexual or relationship violence
  • Facilitate medical evaluation and evidence collection as needed and/or desired
  • Help in safety planning
  • Provide emotional and psychological support
  • Provide trauma informed counseling
  • Review legal and procedural information regarding reporting options to the university and/or law enforcement

It is the student’s decision whether or not to report any incidents of sexual and relationship violence and which reporting options they choose to utilize. As a student, if you are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment or stalking and choose to disclose such behavior, you have the right to make a report to law enforcement or choose not to report. You also have the right to report the incident to Syracuse University; to be protected by Syracuse University from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Syracuse University.

Members of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response (SRVR) Team provide confidentiality, are available to discuss reporting options and to accompany students throughout any reporting processes. The SRVR team is available 24-hours by calling 315.443. 8000 or in-person at the Barnes Center at The Arch during business hours.

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone number: 315.443.2224
Address: 130 College Place, 005 Sims Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244
Website: For more information, please visit the Department of Public Safety site.

Syracuse University Office of Human Resources (If the accused is an employee of the University.)

Phone number: 315.443.0211
Address: 640 Skytop Road, Suite 101, Syracuse, NY 13244
Website: For more information, please visit the Human Resources site.

Phone number: 315.443.0211
Address: 900 S. Crouse Ave., 005 Steele Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244
Website: For more information, please visit the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services site.

Phone number: 1.844.845.7269
Website: For more information, please visit the New York State Police site.

Phone number: 315.443.0211
Address: 511 S State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Website: For more information, please visit the Syracuse Police Department site.

Phone number: 315.443.8477
Website: For more information, please visit the Department of Public Safety site.

Students have the option to pursue a criminal complaint with a law enforcement agency, pursue a formal complaint through the University Conduct process, pursue both processes consecutively or pursue neither option. In cases involving alleged criminal conduct, the Department of Public Safety will assist a victim in making a criminal complaint if desired. Any criminal complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Any student who initially decides to maintain confidentiality and not report the incident may later decide to pursue a complaint with the University or report the incident to local law enforcement.

Relationship violence refers to behaviors that occur within the context of an intimate relationship that are used by one person to establish power and control over another person. This can occur within current and former relationships, involving people of all sexualities and genders.

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual violence, there may be many confusing emotions that surface as well as questions about what to do. It’s important to seek immediate support. Please reach out to Syracuse University resources. Trained professionals can help you determine how to get help.

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. The definition of consent does not change based on a participants sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Consent can be given through words or actions, as long as they create clear permission and willingness to engage. Silence or lack of resistance does not demonstrate consent.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines the Syracuse University Definition of Consent.

The New York State Definition of Consent

The New York State Definition of Consent is outlined in Article 130 of the NYS Penal Law.

You can use the Got Consent: Be SU.R.E. campaign to ensure that you have consent throughout your entire sexual activity. Be SU.R.E. you have consent. Shared Understanding, Respectful and Enthusiastic!

  • The initiator is always responsible for getting consent, and it is possible that the initiator might change throughout the sexual interaction.
  • Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity.
  • Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent.
  • The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention

Through a variety of programs, events and shared resources the health and wellness team works to promote holistic wellness campus-wide.

From becoming a Peer Educator, to signing up for email updates from the Student Education and Prevention Team for Sexual and Relationship Violence (SEPT) Listserv, there are a variety of ways to help share campus resources and programming.

Develop skills to prevent sexual violence in your everyday life by becoming a prosocial bystander, request the Be Orange training workshop today.

As new students join the Syracuse University community, they are required to participate in community wellness activities that build connection, promote community well-being and offer additional education surrounding health and wellness resources and programs.

Required activities include an interactive presentation called “Speak About It” and online EVERFI training modules, centered on sexual and relationship violence prevention, alcohol and other drugs, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

For more information visit the Community Wellness Requirements webpage.

As a continuous form of education and fitting for any schedule, students are encouraged to explore and register for a variety of workshops within the Wellness Leadership Institute.

Partnering with the campus community, the health and wellness team hosts a variety of awareness months and educational programs throughout the academic year. Explore the programs webpage and the events calendar for more information.

By recognizing, reporting and preventing bias-related incidents, we can foster an even more inclusive campus community where all members feel welcomed and supported. Additional information on this University-wide initiative is available on the STOP Bias webpage.