Support and Resources
The health, safety, and well-being of individuals are paramount concerns of the University. A number of confidential and other resources are available to support students.
Sharing information/seeking resources from the following will not generally be reported to the University for investigation:
- Counseling: University Counseling Center: 574-631-7336
- Counseling: S-O-S Rape Crisis Hotline of St. Joseph County: 574-289-4357
- Counseling: RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network): 800-656-4673
- Pastoral: Campus Ministry: 574-631-7800
- Medical: University Health Services: 574-631-7497
- Medical: St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (SANE nurse available 24/7): 574-335-5000
Please read below for more information.
Counseling Resources (confidential)
ON CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING AT THE UCC
Students may receive specialized support from the University Counseling Center (UCC), which is staffed by trained professionals and counselors. Current students may seek counseling at any time, even years after the incident. The confidential services of the UCC are available to any student who may need support or assistance. The UCC can be reached at 574-631-7336 (24 hours). In addition, a Walk-In Crisis Service is available in Saint Liam Hall, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information, go to ucc.nd.edu.
OFF-CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING AT THE FJCOne service of the Family Justice Center is S-O-S, the rape-crisis center for St. Joseph County. S-O-S is staffed by trained professionals and volunteer advocates who are available 24 hours a day. The staff can provide confidential counseling and recovery services, as well as support and information about communication with the police, family and friends. S-O-S Volunteer Advocates provide emotional support and information on the phone and in person at area hospital Emergency Departments around the clock. Specially trained professionals offer confidential counseling, group therapy, information, and referrals. The S-O-S Advocate acts as a liaison between the student and the legal process, and can accompany them to court, if desired. The 24-hour telephone number for the Rape Crisis Center is 574-289-4357
The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County (fjcsjc.org) is a collaboration of civil, legal, medical, and social services which supports individuals affected by relationship violence and sexual assault. The Family Justice Center can be reached by calling 574-234-6900 and their office is located at 533 North Niles Avenue in South Bend. The Family Justice Center website is www.fjcsjc.org.
NATIONAL HOTLINE CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING THROUGH RAINN?
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) (rainn.org) is an anti-sexual violence organization that partners with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. Among its programs, RAINN has two resources available globally: (1) the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, a secure web-based hotline that provides live and confidential help through an interface similar to instant messaging; and (2) the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE), which provides free, confidential services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Vowed religious (priests, deacons, and religious sisters and brothers) working within Campus Ministry and who are operating in that role are confidential resources.
These individuals will honor confidentiality unless there is an imminent danger to the student or to others. In addition, a student’s disclosure during the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) will not be revealed by the priest for any reason, which is a sacred obligation protected by law. Campus Ministry can be reached at 574-631-7800 or at campusministry.nd.edu.
Students who have been injured should seek immediate and appropriate medical treatment for their injuries. Such treatment is also important to preserve evidence that may assist in the proof of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and/or conduct that creates a hostile environment in the event that the student later files criminal charges, or seeks to obtain an order of protection.
Students may visit University Health Services, which is open 24 hours a day during the academic year for confidential and professional medical care. University Health Services is located in Saint Liam Hall and can be reached at 574-631-7497. While the University Health Services staff are unable to perform procedures related to the collection of evidence for the purposes of pursuing criminal prosecution, they can provide medical care including wound care, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and referral and transportation to a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can both provide medical care and preserve evidence of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and/or conduct that creates a hostile environment in the event that the individual later files criminal charges, or seeks to obtain an order of protection. The two hospitals in the South Bend area are St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (sjmed.com) and Memorial Hospital of South Bend (qualityoflife.org). The SANE program of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center offers emergency care and evidence collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Memorial Hospital also provides these services but does not have a 24/7 program, so the availability of a sexual assault nurse examiner may be limited. Under Indiana law, the tests and procedures at the hospitals are free of charge if treatment is sought within 120 hours of the assault. Evidence gathered in this examination is maintained by the hospital and is not provided to the police unless the individual reports the assault to the police. Any decision about whether or not to talk to the police is up to the individual.
In addition to confidential resources, the University offers options for students to report issues and concerns. Sharing information with the following resources will result in a University response.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator (not a confidential resource)
Heather Ryan, the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinator, serves as the primary point of contact on campus for students seeking information or wanting to report sexual harassment/sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with those who believe they have been victimized and can provide information as well as refer to sources of support. Contact Notre Dame's Deputy Title IX coordinator at 574-631-7728 or DepTitleIXCoordinator@nd.edu. Sharing information with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator will result in a response from the University and investigate as appropriate.
Notre Dame Security Police (not a confidential resource)
NDSP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 574-631-5555. Students may also call 911 in an emergency. If the incident occurred on Notre Dame property, NDSP, a duly authorized police agency in the state of Indiana, is an appropriate agency with which to file a report. Off-campus incidents will likely fall in the jurisdiction of the South Bend, St. Joseph County or Mishawaka police departments. NDSP can assist with contacting the appropriate agency. Students are encouraged to notify NDSP or other law enforcement authorities. However, students are not required to do so.
Where the University received a report from another police agency, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (or designee) and NDSP will follow-up and investigate as appropriate.
Residence Hall Staff (Rector, Assistant Rector, or Resident Assistant) (not confidential resources)
Residence hall staff are trained to assist students with a variety of issues. Please know that information shared with residence hall staff regarding alleged sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or conduct that creates a hostile environment will be reported to the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for follow-up and investigation as appropriate.
Office of Community Standards and Other Campus Services (not confidential resources)
The Office of Community Standards is available to meet with students to discuss concerns about student conduct. Community Standards staff will also make referrals to other offices, departments and services both on and off campus to serve students. Please know that information shared with residence hall staff regarding alleged sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or conduct that creates a hostile environment will be reported to the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for follow-up and investigation as appropriate. To schedule an appointment, call 574-631-5551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.