Assistance for Students Who Experience Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence or Stalking
This guide was created to help any student who has been raped, sexually assaulted, or experienced sexual misconduct, stalking, or dating violence. Western has staff available to help provide support and assistance.
First, call police at 911 (or x3911 on-campus) if in imminent danger. Next, consider one or more of the options below.
Seek Emotional Support/Confidential Counseling including:
WWU CASAS (Consultation and Sexual Assault Support) 360 650-3700.
Confidential, professional consultation; brief or ongoing counseling; information about medical services, legal information and reporting options; academic support; and support group for survivors of violence.
WWU Counseling Center 360 650-3164.
Individual, confidential counseling including crisis appointments and after-hours emergency services.
Bellingham DVSAS (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services) 24-hour helpline 360 715-1563
Free and confidential support services.
Seek Medical Treatment including testing for sexually transmitted infection, pregnancy, or injuries and collection of evidence (within 96 hours of assault)
Student Health Center and St. Joseph's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are specially trained and sensitive to the needs and concerns of survivors.
File a complaint through Western's student conduct process which begins an investigation in which the involved parties are met with individually and Western no contact orders may be initiated. It does not obligate a student to file a police report or interact with the alleged assailant. Contact the Office of Student Life 360 650-3706.
File a police report by contacting the police for the jurisdiction in which the misconduct occurred. University Police 360 650-3555 can provide safety planning and escorts on campus.
Report to Western's Equal Opportunity Office 360 650-3307 Dr.Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Title IX Coordinator, and her staff, work to ensure that campus is free from sexual harassment. A Title IX complaint does not obligate a student to file a police report or interact with the alleged offender. Students have the right to file an anonymous incident bias report or talk with the Title IX Coordinator anonymously for guidance and assistance.