Support and Resources
Support for anyone who has or knows someone who has experienced power-based personal violence (such as sexual assault, intimate partner/relationship violence and stalking) is available through Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services.
Crisis may be an emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life or it can be an individuals reaction to an event in their life. As you might imagine, this is a common experience for those who have been harms through sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking. It happens in the moments, hours, and days after abuse occurs, and can happen repeatedly throughout a survivor’s life due to a variety of factors that may bring up similar emotional and/or physical responses to the original harmful event(s).
Staff from SRVSS provides crisis support and helps you work through your situation and regain a sense of balance for that moment and control for your life. The goals in crisis intervention are to assist you in sorting through options, feelings, thoughts, and reactions, strengthening coping responses, regaining control, and renewing previously healthy relationships.
A staff member can be made available to assist survivors in navigation of adjudication processes, whether that is criminal, civil or the university’s student conduct system.
A staff member can accompany you in making a police report, as well as offer assistance in determining whether reporting is the right choice for you. The staff member can also be present for any follow up appointments made with law enforcement such as forensic interviews and during hearing processes in the court.
A staff member can assist you in filing a restraining or stalking order. The staff member will accompany you to the courthouse, help you work through the paperwork, and provide support and safety planning for the outcome. Additionally the staff member will be able to accompany you to the court hearing.
Many students are unaware and unfamiliar with the University’s accountability proceedings through the Office of Student Conduct. A SRVSS staff member can explain what this process might look like in your specific situation, as well as assist you in beginning the process by filing a complaint. The staff member will be able to accompany you to any meetings related to the conduct hearing as well as attend the hearing with you. You can find information on your rights and responsibilities in the Code of Student Conduct.
Please note, the conduct process is for Kent State students only.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Faculty and staff who have been victimized by a co-worker or colleague can make a report to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action on campus. A SRVSS staff member can assist in this process.
Surviving a traumatic event like sexual or relationship abuse can take a toll on all aspects of our lives.
If you find you are having trouble keeping up with your coursework, studying for tests or completing assignments on time, come talk with staff from SRVSS. You may be able to get some academic accommodation, through which we will ask your professor(s) to give consideration to you in your coursework. The purpose of academic accommodations is to facilitate recovery of the student survivor with minimal impact on his/her academic achievement.
The Student Ombuds, can facilitate conversations between a student survivor and an instructor while maintaining privacy. The Student Ombuds can work with students regarding academic deadlines, testing requirements, make-up assignments, and/or extra credit possibilities with a course instructor..
Campus wide events to raise awareness about power-based personal violence, its impact on the university community and what we as members can do to stop and prevent it from happening.
Workshops & Classroom Presentations
Interactive and engaging workshop for student groups in the classroom or as part of residence hall or student organization programming. Topics include bystander responsibility, power-based personal violence and healthy relationships.
Workshops for faculty and staff on responding to students who have experienced power-based personal violence and creating an environment in the classroom that promotes respect, open dialogue and informs students of resources and responsibilities around power-based personal violence. Training can be provided during a standing meeting or as part of an in-service.