Sexual Assault Support

 

We have a 24-hour support phone line 
to help with a sexual assault 
388-6600 ext. 1 
It connects you to the counseling center 
during the day, or the counselor on call after hours 
Using this line is CONFIDENTIAL


The 24-your support line is set up to provide you with any support you may want in response to an incident of sexual misconduct.  You can be assured that your situation will be regarded as confidential, as the phone line puts you in contact with someone in our counseling center.  You should also know that you do have other options as well, and not all of them will be able to promise confidentiality as the college will have been put on notice that an incident occurred.  In all cases we will try to respect your wishes as much as we are able to legally.

   
CAMPUS RESOURCES confidentiality level
Sexual Assault Resource Hotline STRICTLY confidential
(518) 388-6600 ext. 1
   
Counseling Center STRICTLY
(518) 388-6161 Wicker Wellness Center
   
Health Services STRICTLY
(518) 388-6120 Wicker Wellness Center    
Campus Safety (to file a formal complaint)      MOSTLY
   
Title IX Coordinator MOSTLY
(518) 388-8327
   
Dean of Students MOSTLY
(518) 388-6116
 
 
OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES
Schenectady County Sexual Assault STRICTLY
Support Services (518) 346-2246
   
Ellis Hospital Emergency Room STRICTLY
(518) 243-4121
   
Schenectady Police Department According
(518) 382-5200 to NYS Law
     

STRICTLY Confidential: 
Conversations are all confidential and can be anonymous.  Except in rare, extreme circumstances, nothing will be shared without Complainant’s explicit permission.


MOSTLY Confidential: 
Conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but limited information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators and a Title IX Coordinator so that the College can take action if necessary for reasons of safety.  In planning any response, the wishes of the person are given full consideration.

 
According to NYS LAW Confidential: 
Exploratory conversations are confidential. Police reports, with identifying information redacted, may be available to the public upon request.  

This web site is designed as a source of information and support for anyone who may have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment.  The menu items at the left can help you understand better your options.

Sexual Assault or Sexual Misconduct are serious acts against Union's code of conduct.  Acts of sexual misconduct may be committed by men against women, women against men, men against men, and women against women. If you feel you have been subjected to sexual assault or sexual misconduct, choose "Getting Help" from the menu at the left.

Sexual Harassment is unwanted and repeated sexual, abusive, or lewd language and/or suggestive jokes of a sexual nature. Harassment can include physical contact but not injury.

Homophobic Harassment is directed at persons or groups on the grounds of a perceived or actual sexual orientation (applying equally to homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual men or women).

Getting Help is important.  If you have been sexually assaulted, or think you have been sexually assaulted, the first thing you may want to do is to call (518) 388-6600, Union's Sexual Assault Support Number. The staff there have been specially trained to provide compassionate, confidential support for victims of sexual assault. For more information choose "Getting Help" at the left.

 Confidential Counseling

If you have been sexually assaulted or harassed you may want to call one of the sources on campus for confidential counseling:

  • The Counseling Center. Wicker Wellness Center. The Counseling Center offers confidential professional counseling services to Union College students. (518) 388-6161
  •  Religious programs. Reamer Campus Center 2nd floor. The Reverend Victoria Brooks, the Campus Protestant Minister and Interfaith Chaplain, can provide students confidential counseling regardless of religious background. (518) 388-6618

 The Union College administration offers programs and services that promote a balance of physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual health. It encourages students to respect the dignity and rights of others, while developing a strong sense of their personal self-esteem and development. This includes building healthy sexual relationships, developing communication skills and reducing interpersonal violence.