Here to Support You
UAlbany supports all students and works to help them thrive. We recognize that students have, and bring, a multitude of life experiences to the University and that some of those experiences include violence and harm.
If you or someone you care about has experienced sexual or intimate partner violence, there are resources available on campus and in our local community that are here to validate and support you as you access the services that feel right for you in your healing journey.
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The Office of Equity & Compliance (Title IX Coordinator) conducts neutral, unbiased investigations into reports of sexual violence.
Emergency responders, a sexual assault hotline and support for urgent medical needs and mental health needs are all available at any time of day or night.
UAlbany offers a variety of resources to support students who have experienced harm from sexual or intimate partner violence and those who are closest to them, sometimes referred to as secondary survivors.
Note: This is a confidential resource, which means they will not contact University officials or law enforcement without your explicit permission (except for in extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency).
Advocacy is available to support students who have experienced trauma. We can help you:
Process experiences of violence and harm in a supportive but non-clinical manner
Weigh options and outcomes of possible action steps
Create a safety plan and arrange accommodations
Meet with campus administrators and communicate with professors
Navigate other available resources
To access advocacy services, please contact the Office of Health Promotion at [email protected] or 518-956-8477. Our office is located in Seneca Hall's basement on Indigenous Quad, which is on the Uptown Campus.
Visit the Office of Health Promotion webpage for more information on our advocacy services.
Note: Advocates from the Albany County Crime Victim & Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC) offers on-campus office hours. Learn more about CVSVC services.
Note: This is a confidential resource, which means that CAPS clinicians will not share your information without your explicit permission (except in extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency).
Students have access to counseling and consultation services at CAPS, where clinicians are available to address adverse experiences and other mental health concerns.
Additionally, the Trauma and Resilience Specialist is available to support students who have experienced trauma from violence, racism and other adverse experiences.
Note: This is a confidential resource, which means that SHS providers will not share your information without your explicit permission (except for in extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency).
SHS provides compassionate and inclusive healthcare to all registered UAlbany students.
Available medical services include general medical care, gynecological services, lab tests, pharmacy services and STI testing.
Note: This is a confidential resource, which means Interfaith Services chaplains will not contact University officials or law enforcement without your explicit permission (except for in extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency).
Interfaith Services can provide you with space and opportunities for worship and connection to spirituality and faith, as well as help you access on-campus chaplains.
Anyone may report instances of sexual violence to the Office of Equity & Compliance if the complaint is against a UAlbany student or employee.
UAlbany's Interim Title IX Coordinator, Michelly Peña, works in the Office of Equity & Compliance. The office is responsible for:
Responding to all reports of sexual misconduct
Providing information about on- and off-campus support services
Assisting victims/survivors with accessing academic, residential and safety accommodations, regardless of whether a complaint is filed
Conducting prompt, fair and unbiased administrative investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct to determine if there was a violation of UAlbany policy
Anyone — including students, faculty and staff — may report instances of sexual violence to the University Police Department (UPD) if the complaint is against a UAlbany student or employee.
UPD conducts criminal investigations into such complaints to determine whether there has been a violation of New York State law.
UPD is a non-confidential reporting option. Like other police departments and other non-confidential reporting options, they will send reports of sexual misconduct to the Office of Equity & Compliance (Title IX Coordinator).