Confidential Campus and Local Services

Please know that these confidential campus and local services can be used without reporting a crime.

- ADVOCACY -

Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center 541-737-2030 or survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu 311 Plageman Building
Available from 9:00am to 6:00pm and hotline support after hours. Provides crisis stabilization and support for survivors of sexual violence. The advocate can assist in providing desired referral, help with academic and social remedies, safety planning, and give support by accompanying survivors through reporting and medical procedures.

Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) 541-754-0110 (local), 800-927-0197
A community resource that provides 24/7 confidential crisis response. CARDV can assist in the process of obtaining a restraining/ stalking protection order, Sexual Abuse Protection Order (SAPO)**, accessing emergency shelter, providing support as a personal representative during medical examinations or reporting procedures, and more.

- COUNSELING -

OSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 541-737-2131, 500 Snell Hall
Available to meet during business hours and available over the phone for counseling afterhours, 24-hours a day. Provides support and counseling for students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact or relationship violence. SASS can assist with any accommodations needed for academic concerns, housing issues, or safety issues.

- MEDICAL ATTENTION-

OSU Student Health Services (SHS) 541-737-2724, Plageman Building
Available during business hours. SANE nurses provide forensic evidence collection (SAFE exam). An exam must be completed within 84 hours of the assault if you plan to file a police report at some point, results can be stored for report at a later date. Most services are free or include a minimal charge.*

*Financial assistance is available for all medical services related to sexual assault, inquire about your eligibility with the provider.
** Information on obtaining a SAPO can be found here: https://www.courts.oregon.gov/forms/Documents/SAPO-Obtain.pdf

Confidentiality on Campus

Student Health Services
Confidentiality and privacy of student health information is of paramount importance at OSU Student Health Services. Student Health Services follows all applicable state and federal laws related to the disclosure of medical and mental health information, and applies the highest professional standards of care and privacy. No information about a student can be released to any third party without the student's permission to do so. Student Health Services employs staff who work directly with students in managing their health records and who specialize in information and data security. All staff, student employees and volunteers are routinely trained on confidentiality and security practices. With a student's consent, Student Health Services may disclose information for the purposes of providing medical treatment and to bill the student's insurance company for services and treatment received. Student Health Services’ electronic medical record provides a highly secure Patient Portal, which can report test results to students, as well as provide secure messaging between the student and their health care provider. In some circumstances Student Health Services providers may need to disclose health information without a student's written consent: 1) If necessary to protect the health and safety of the student or others; 2) If the student reports current abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or child; 3) As a result of a court order or subpoena; 4) To verify to the university whether the student has completed all mandatory immunizations. Other instances required by law; for example, certain communicable diseases must be reported to the Benton County Health Department https://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/policies-and-guidelines

Counseling (CAPS)
In accordance with state and federal law as well as professional and ethical guidelines for mental health providers, we maintain confidential records of all contacts with clients (students receiving counseling). This means that no identifying information - written or otherwise - about your contact with CAPS will be disclosed to anyone outside CAPS without your written authorization. This exclusion applies to academic departments, the registrar's office, student health services, and other campus entities; no one gets to know what you talk about (or even that you are coming here) unless you want them to know. There are some legal exceptions to this confidentiality; they rarely apply but we want you to know about them. Counselors may need to disclose certain information in 4 general situations: 1) when you state intent to harm yourself or someone else; 2) when you report current abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or child; 3) as a result of a court order; 4) when mental illness is used as a defense in a criminal or civil action. https://counseling.oregonstate.edu/main/confidentiality

Non-confidential Local Services

- MEDICAL ATTENTION -

Sarah’s Place, Samaritan Health Services 541-812-4420, 1046 6th Ave SW, Albany 97321
Services offered to patients are free. Staffed by nurses with specialized training, the SANE center provides forensic evidence collection (SAFE exam) and immediate medical treatment to patients who have experienced sexual violence. Patient advocates are also available. Open 24/7.

- VICTIM ADVOCACY AND LEGAL AID -

Benton County Victim’s Assistance Program 541-766-6688
Available during business hours. Provides criminal justice support, advocacy, and referrals for crime victims.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon– Albany Regional Office 541-926-8678, 433 SW 4th Ave., Albany, OR 97321
Ensures that all people have fair and equal access to an attorney. Should legal assistance be sought, Legal Aid Services can provide high-quality counsel for those who cannot afford representation.

Helping a friend who has experienced sexual violence

Helpful statements

  • Thank you for sharing this with me
  • It is not your fault
  • I am here to listen
  • I believe you
  • I will not share your story with anyone else

Reminders to myself

  • I will not ask for details about what happened
  • I will not look for things they might have done that I think could have caused it
  • I will not look for things I think they should have done to prevent it
  • Nothing they did or wore caused this to happen to them
  • I understand they might not remember everything that happened or their story might not make much sense to me; I can still believe them

A confidential resource

  • Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center
    Email: survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu
    Call 541-737-2030
    Walk in: Plageman Building (SHS) third floor
    • Help with understanding what happened
    • Options for reporting
    • Connection to medical or emotional care
    • Safety planning
    • Assistance with difficulties in classes
Receiving a disclosure (faculty guidelines)
  • I appreciate that you felt comfortable sharing this information with me.
  • I want to protect your safety and our relationship. I want you to know that this information falls within the area in which I am obligated to share it with the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access and the Title IX coordinator. This is to keep you and the rest of the campus safe.
  • I want you to know what will happen with your information. I will provide what I know to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. They will reach out to you in the next few days and invite you to talk with them so you can understand your rights under OSU policy.
  • If you would like to speak to someone confidentially, I can connect you with the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center. These confidential advocates are not required to report anything. They can help you understand your options in reporting, and provide immediate assistance through emotional support and understanding, accessing desired resources, helping with protective orders, and assisting with academic or housing needs.
  • May I give your name to the confidential advocate so they can reach out to you?
Know Your Rights

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination, which includes sexual violence, in educational programs and activities. Here are some things you should know about your rights.*

  • You have the right to report the incident to your school, have your school investigate what happened and have your complaint resolved promptly and equitably.
  • You have the right to choose to report an incident of sexual violence to campus or local law enforcement. But a criminal investigation does not relieve your school of its duty under Title IX to respond promptly and effectively.
  • Your school should ensure that you are aware of your Title IX rights and any available resources, such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, and legal assistance.
  • All students are protected by Title IX, regardless of whether they have a disability, are international or undocumented, and regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

*Full information related to Title IX can be made available to you upon request from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access or found through the U.S. Department of Education under the Office for Civil Rights website.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Access Oregon State University 330 Snell Hall Corvallis, OR 97331 Phone: 541-737-3556; Fax: 541-737-8232 Email: equal.opportunity@oregonstate.edu Visit us online at: eoa.oregonstate.edu

Reporting Options

- CAMPUS REPORTING -

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) 541-737-3556, 330 Snell Hall
EOA is responsible for coordinating the University’s response to sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, and relationship violence. The office’s responsibility is to respond to any reports of these matters quickly and fairly, and to correct the situation immediately. Examples of immediate assistance can include: academic/living accommodations, No Contact Orders, and resource referral. Reporting to EOA will not initiate a criminal investigation but may initiate an investigation under OSU’s Student Conduct Code. You have the right to report to law enforcement in addition to reporting with EOA. The office can provide assistance if you choose to file a report with law enforcement. Please be advised that as part of the University investigation and response to allegations involving students, our office may alert the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life, in the Office of Student Life, as appropriate. If so, an administrator from that office may contact you to provide additional support, guidance, and/or follow up.

- REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT –

Oregon State Police/OSU Department of Public Safety 541-737-7000 (Emergency), 541-737-3010 (Non-Emergency)
Provides emergency assistance for survivors, protection, and safety consultation. Utilizes a comfortable and safe room with experienced troopers to report an incident. Available 24/7.

Corvallis Police Department 541-766-6924
Responds to immediate safety concerns and to all violations of criminal law. Available 24/7.

Nationwide Resources

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
https://www.rainn.org/
National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

Safe Horizon
https://www.safehorizon.org/
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.621.HOPE (4673)
Crime Victims’ Hotline: 1.866.689.HELP (4357)

Statistics

Nationwide (rainn.org)

Sexual violence has fallen by more than a half since 1993. But Still:

  • Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
  • Every 9 minutes, that victim is a child.
  • Native Americans are twice as likely to experience sexual violence compared to all races.
  • Only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

Campus Sexual Violence (rainn.org)

  • 1 in 9 students (among grad and undergrad) experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.2
  • 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence during college.
  • Female college-aged students (18-24) are 20% less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.1
  • 1 in 16 men experience sexual violence during college.
  • Male-college aged students (18/24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.1
  • 21% TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.2
  • More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November.4
  • Students are at an increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters in college.4

View statistics on additional topics: https://www.rainn.org/statistics/campus-sexual-violence

Sources:

  1. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Rape and Sexual Victimization Among College-Aged Females, 1995-2013 (2014).
  2. David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (September 21, 2015). ("Victim services agency” is defined in this study as a “public or privately funded organization that provides victims with support and services to aid their recovery, offer protection, guide them through the criminal justice process, and assist with obtaining restitution.” RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review any and all sources for more information and detail.)
  3. National Crime Victimization Survey, 1995-2013 (2015); ii. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Rape and Sexual Victimization Among College-Aged Females, 1995-2013 (2014).
  4. Campus Sexual Assault Study, 2007; Matthew Kimble, Andrada Neacsiu, et. Al, Risk of Unwanted Sex for College Women: Evidence for a Red Zone, Journal of American College Health (2008).