Responding to Interpersonal Violence on Campus

All University community members have the right to feel safe on campus. Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member coping with sexual abuse or harassment, resources and support are available to you.

An Advocate Can Help

With your permission and/or at your request, an RSVP advocate can provide you with support, information and discuss options to help you determine any next steps you want to take.

They are a free and confidential resource to support you, the victim/survivor. To reach an advocate, contact RSVP at (706) 542-SAFE (7233).


Confidential Services on Campus

When sexual violence occurs, it can often shake your sense of security and control. You may experience changes in mood or behavior, and have trouble concentrating, attending class or getting to work. Sometimes, talking with understanding people and exploring your options can help.

While the University encourages students to report violations of their Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy, students are not required to report the violation through campus/local police or the Equal Opportunity Office to receive support services.

On the University of Georgia campus, you can contact any of the below services for support and confidential assistance as you heal. They can also help answer questions you may have about the University reporting process, and aid you in accessing medical, academic or workplace accommodations.

Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP)—706-542-SAFE (7233)

University Counseling Services (CAPS)—706-542-2273

The Women’s Clinic at the University Health Center

Office of Ombudsperson—706-542-8220

Student Care and Outreach Department—706-542-7774 (located in the Dean of Students office)


Reporting Your Rape or Sexual Abuse to the University

You may decide to report your sexual harassment, stalking or abuse to the University for a number of reasons. Some victims/survivors want to hold their perpetrator(s) accountable. Others want to feel safer on campus or require special accommodations to continue their academic or professional pursuits.

While the University encourages students to report violations of their Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy, students are not required to report the violation through campus/local police or the Equal Opportunity Office to receive support services.

To file a criminal report, contact the University Police Department

To file a complaint for a violation of this policy, contact the Equal Opportunity Office.
Should you choose to make a University report, you will need to contact the Equal Opportunity Office (EOO). The Equal Opportunity Office (including the Title IX Coordinator) will help you interpret UGA policies and procedures to better understand the specific ways in which they can assist you.

The Equal Opportunity Office can take steps to stop the sexual abuse, harassment and/or stalking that has taken place. Their responsibility is to protect you, and help prevent the incident(s) from reoccurring.

Making an EOO (Title IX) Report or Complaint

For more information about reporting procedures, you can also refer to the University of Georgia Equal Opportunity Office Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy or visit: eoo.uga.edu/eoo-report.

If you have additional questions about reporting options, or would like more specific information about options, please contact Caron Hope, RSVP coordinator (706-542-SAFE [7233]) at the University Health Center.


Your Rights as a Victim/Survivor

The Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act give campus community members the right to specific information and procedures regarding sexual abuse and harassment. If you have disclosed that you are a victim/survivor of sexual violence, the University has a responsibility to notify you of your:

  • Right to seek counseling
  • Options to change academic or living situations
  • Right to an adequate, reliable and impartial investigation, as well as prompt time frames for the process
  • Right to have your complaint investigated, regardless of where the misconduct occurred
  • Option to be a complainant or a witness, and your right to refuse to participate
  • Right to have an attorney who participates in the process at the same level as the perpetrator(s)’ attorney
  • Right to know the outcome of the complaint, including sanctions, regardless of your level of participation in the process
  • Right to not abide by a non-disclosure agreement that would prevent you from disclosing the outcome to others