Resources for Students
If you believe you have experienced an assault - remember, it is not your fault.
Immediate Response Considerations:
If you experience sexual assault, the following guidance is important to consider:
Get to a safe place. After experiencing a traumatizing event such as sexual assault, it can be important to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from harm. This location could be: Your room, a friend’s room, a local hospital, Public Safety or a Police station.
- If on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-854-6666 (4-6666 from a campus phone)
- If off campus, you can call 911 for NYPD assistance
- For confidential guidance, call a Peer or Professional Advocate from the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center at 212-854-HELP (4357) – available 24/7 during the academic year
If you have been assaulted, consider visiting an ER (where you will likely find staff such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, who are trained in working with individuals who experience sexual violence). Medical professionals can help you check for injuries, be screened and educated regarding sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy and collect evidence.
Evidence collection in NYC does not require you to file a police report, but preserving evidence allows you options. For the purposes of evidence collection, it is recommended that you avoid eating/drinking, showering, brushing your teeth or changing your clothes. Even if you have done any of these things, evidence can still be collected and it remains important that you seek medical attention. You may wish to bring a change of clothes with you (or have a friend bring you a change of clothes) when you do seek medical attention.
Counseling provides a confidential space to talk about your experience and is often helpful for survivors or co-survivors.
Counseling services and support resources on campus:
Report to the College to understand procedures and resources, to seek disciplinary action, discuss interim measures (for example, extended time for academic needs, schedule accommodations for work, or housing reassignment) or seek other accommodation requests. Reporting the crime to NYPD or filing a police complaint. Assistance can be provided by Public Safety.
On-Campus Resources - Confidential
Columbia Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center is located in 105 Hewitt: 212-854-HELP (4357)
The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (also referred to as the RCC or Center) provides peer and professional advocacy and education to the entire University student community. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to talk to someone immediately, call 212-854-HELP to speak to someone and/or schedule a time to meet. Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to the hospital, health services, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about reporting and disciplinary options. Advocates receive a minimum of 50 hours of training and are supervised by Columbia and Barnard counseling clinicians.
Learn more about sexual violence resources through men's peer education, RCC peer educators, and other advocacy/outreach services.
Primary Care Health Services is located in Brooks, Lower Level: 212-854-2091.
Rosemary Furman Counseling Center is located in Hewitt, First Floor: 212-854-2092.
The Rosemary Furman Counseling Center services include individual counseling, group counseling, listening hours, evaluation for medication, referrals for therapy or medication, consultations to students, faculty and staff, and biofeedback.
ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program) is located in 96 Brooks: 212-854-2128.
The Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program serves the Barnard Community providing drug and alcohol education, prevention, and intervention efforts on campus.
Being Barnard is located in 122 Reid Hall: 212-853-0145.
Being Barnard strives to provide numerous health, wellness, violence prevention, and survivor support resources for our students, faculty, and staff.
University Chaplain is located in 710 Lerner Hall: 212-854-1493
The Office of the University Chaplain designs and sponsors a variety of programs on matters of justice, faith and spirituality for small and large campus groups. The Office of the University Chaplain fosters learning and personal growth through spiritual, ethical, religious, political and cultural exchange.
Barnard Ombuds Office is located in Hewitt Hall: 212-853-1352
The Barnard College Ombuds Office is available as a campus-wide resource to assist students, faculty and staff. The Ombuds Office provides a confidential and informal environment in which possible options for dealing with variety of Barnard-related issues and concerns can be explored. As a confidential and impartial third party, the Ombuds Office is a uniquely positioned, independent resource within the College.
On-Campus Resources - Non-Confidential
The Office of Title IX & Equity is located in 114 LeFrak (Barnard Hall): 212-854-0037.
Title IX & Equity focuses on developing and supporting programs and services to ensure that the College is diverse, inclusive and equitable. Individuals who may have experienced or observed discrimination or harassment may consult with the Executive Director for Equity/Title IX Coordinator to discuss their concern or initiate a report.
Well-Woman is located in 119 Reid Hall (first floor of the Quad): 212-854-3063
The mission of Barnard’s Well-Woman Health Promotion Program is to promote the health and wellness of the Barnard student body through peer education, educational programming, individual health behavior consultation, campus-wide health campaigns, community outreach and advocacy. Well-Woman supports wellness as an integral component of learning.
CVTC provides respectful treatment of survivors of family and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of violence and crime.
As the first hospital in New York to establish a specialized, highly acclaimed treatment service for victims of sexual assault, SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) examiners are available 24 hours a day. SAFE examiners devote their full attention to the victim’s needs, and only with the victim’s consent, collect evidence that can be used to prosecute the crime.
Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is a New York based resource. AVP provides free and confidential assistance to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) people each year from all five boroughs of New York City through direct client services and community organizing and public advocacy. Find more information on their website at or reach their bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212.714.1141.
A note about protective orders: In Manhattan, the Family Justice Center or the District Attorney’s office assist with the civil process of seeking an Order of Protection. NYPD and/or the DA’s office may seek an Order of Protection related to criminal cases. Advocates, Public Safety or the Title IX Coordinator can provide assistance in accessing these resources. The College will assist in appropriate planning, as it may relate to access to campus or related protections, for any individual who obtains an Order of Protection, and shares it with Public Safety.
Additonal New York City resources and information can be found on the city government website at https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/agencies.page.
There is a wealth of information and support available online. Below are a few resources that can be helpful to learn more about sexual violence behaviors and resources.
Also referred to as Domestic Violence, Relationship Violence, or Dating Violence.
Learn more about IPV behaviors: www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/power-and-control-wheel
Learn more about Stalking behaviors: www.victimsofcrime.org/docs/src
Learn more about Rape and Sexual Assault: www.safehorizon.org
Online support and information about the impact of Sexual Assault: www.rainn.org/get-information/effects-of-sexual-assault
Give and expect respect. Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline project, loveisrespect.org, described as the ultimate resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.