Both WCU Public Safety (610) 436-3311 and the Crime Victims Center of Chester County (610) 692-7273 are available for assistance 24 hours a day.
Take care of yourself. Your safety is your first priority
Collect evidence. This will help you, should you choose to press charges.
Educate yourself. You have options for how you proceed from here. These pages will help you choose the best option for you:
Yes, WCU Public Safety will provide transportation to and from the hospital. They can be reached at (610) 436-3311.
You still have access to any and all resources that are provided on-campus. You can also reach out to the following off-campus resources:
Off-Campus resources available for victims of sexual misconduct include:
Yes, all university resources are free to use.
You do not have to tell your parents and the university will not contact them, but they can often be a resource to support you in this time.
Students involved in sexual misconduct cases are encouraged to have an advisor and support system, but representation is up to the individual. The university does not provide representation for either party.
Under Amnesty and Reporting, a victim or witness who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the sexual misconduct incident generally will not face disciplinary charges from the university or from the Department of Public Safety for underage drinking or drug usage.
You still have resources available for you. You can contact the following and leave the name as "anonymous:"
How can I help a survivor of sexual misconduct?
The resources page details various organizations on and off campus that provide legal and psychological support for survivors and witnesses of sexual misconduct. Ensure they are aware of the following information:
Make sure the party or parties involved are taking care of themselves and their health. The on-campus Counseling Center is free and accessible for students if they need someone to talk with. Help the survivor understand his or her options. Listen with no bias. Assure them that you have their best interests at heart and do everything to ensure their comfort. Refer the person(s) to the resources available on this page so they are educated on the steps available to them. Report the assault (with permission) so that the environment remains safe.
Whether a complainant, witness, or concerned third party, you can report an incident you are aware of, witnessed, or have experienced yourself. Reports can be made by any party through the university’s sexual misconduct support page. Both WCU Public Safety (610) 436-3311 and the Crime Victims Center of Chester County (610) 692-7273 are available for assistance 24 hours a day.
Visit our On-Campus Resources and Off-Campus Resources page for more information. You can also contact the Campus Sexual Misconduct Advocate (Sherry Mendez, (610) 436-0732 or the Title IX Coordinator/Social Equity Director (Lynn Klingensmith, (610) 436-2433 orLKlingensmith@wcupa.edu
), for more information.