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Santa Clara University values the privacy of its students, faculty, and staff and wants all community members to seek the assistance they need without fear that the information they provide will be shared more broadly than they would like. A reporting party has the right, and can expect, to have allegations taken seriously by the University when formally reported and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through these procedures.
Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings. 
Privacy means that information related to a report of misconduct will be shared with a limited circle of individuals who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, resolution of the report, and related issues.  

Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with a person on campus who is designated as a Confidential Resource will not be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual, unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others, or as otherwise permitted by law.
In cases where the reporting party does not wish for an investigation to be pursued, the reporting party may make such a request to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, who will evaluate that request in light of the duty to ensure the safety of the campus and comply with federal law. The University’s ability to remedy and respond to a reported incident may be limited if the reporting party does not want the institution to proceed with an investigation and/or a formal grievance process.  
It is still the full choice of the individual who has experienced discrimination or harassment, and sexual violence or misconduct to participate in an administrative investigation or university conduct process. In all cases, the University will give consideration to the reporting party with respect to how the reported misconduct is pursued, but reserves the right, when necessary to protect the community, to investigate and pursue a resolution even when a reporting party chooses not to initiate or participate in the resolution process.  
Students, faculty, and staff may access confidential resources on campus and located in the local community that can provide emotional support and counseling.  A Confidential Resource is an individual who by law or designated by the University is exempted from reporting an allegation of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX or to law enforcement. 

Cowell Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 

Cowell Center, Bldg. 701
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm

CAPS Crisis Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Inquiries, Information, & Appointments: (408) 554-4501

After-Hours Concerns & Emergencies: Contact Campus Safety Services: (408) 554-4444

CAPS is staffed by licensed psychologists, a psychiatrist, and psychology trainees—pre-doctoral trainees and advanced practicum students. Services are available to students free of charge. CAPS offers assistance with referral to off-campus mental health providers. To schedule an appointment for psychological or crisis services, call (408) 554-4501 or visit the Cowell Center during business hours.

Wellness Center

Kelly Schumacher - Director of the Wellness Center 

862 Market St. (across the street from Dunne Hall)
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–6:00 pm

Inquiries & Information: (408) 554-4409

The Wellness Center promotes student wellbeing through education, prevention, and outreach services, focusing primarily on alcohol and other drugs, and interpersonal violence. The Wellness Center hosts resources to foster a healthy campus environment and promote self-care. It is the home of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program, the Peer Health Educators (PHEs,) and the Violence Prevention Program (VVP). The Violence Prevention Program (VPP) is a peer-based organization aimed at raising awareness about dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other forms of interpersonal violence, and provides tools for violence prevention and intervention on Santa Clara University campus. Email for more information.

Violence Prevention Program

The Violence Prevention Program (VPP) is a student-based sexual assault prevention, education, and bystander awareness organization at Santa Clara University, operating out of the SCU Wellness Center.

Apply here to get involved.

Campus Advocates

Campus Advocates are trained University faculty and staff who can provide support, help with accessing resources, or provide information about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The Advocate program offered through the Office of Student Life allows for confidential conversations and support to that student during an investigation and conduct process. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX can also provide assistance to reporting parties and respondents with identifying a confidential advisor. Campus Advocates are available 24/7 by contacting the Office of Student Life or Campus Safety Services.

Clergy and Chaplains 

Santa Clara University Clergy and Chaplains who are working within the scope of their licensure or ordination and within their designated role at the University can offer confidential guidance and assistance to students, faculty, and staff.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available free of charge to all faculty and staff at Santa Clara University. EAP professional counselors may be seen on an emergency basis during normal business hours. SCU's Employee Assistance benefits are provided by our third party administrator, MHN, (800) 535-4985, company code: scueap.




The YWCA is there to help minimize the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault and promote safety, mobility, and freedom from abuse for all people. Services include: 24-hour crisis line for survivors, family members, and friends; medical advocacy; legal advocacy; and counseling and prevention programs for children, teens, and the general community.

They provide counseling services which improve the emotional, mental, and behavioral wellness of community members.  They offer short- and long-term counseling to clients of all ages on a sliding-fee scale. Services are offered onsite at their San Jose and Sunnyvale locations and at various schools in the San Jose Unified School District.

1717 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Tel: (408) 298-1717

Linda Haskell Empowerment Center
375 South Third Street
San Jose CA 95112

Tel: (408) 295-4011

For immediate in-person crisis assistance and counseling services, contact the 24-hour Sexual Assault  and Domestic Violence Crisis Line at (800) 572-2782.

Victim Services Unit

The Victim Advocates Unit serve as your connection to prosecutors, law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies, and help to ensure that you have a voice in the criminal justice process.  Your Victim Advocate will link you with local resources, provide you with case updates, and support you during court hearings and testimony. 

The Victim Services Unit helps victims from all walks of life and experiences, regardless of age, background, or immigration status.  Walk-ins are welcome and all services are free. Your Victim Advocate can assist you even if a suspect is not identified or if criminal charges have not been filed. 

70 W. Hedding St., West Wing 
San Jose, CA 95110


Tel: (408) 295-2656

Rapid Medical Evaluation & Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Individuals who have experienced any form of sexual or relationship violence are encouraged but not required to seek medical attention as soon as possible (i.e., within 72 hours) after the assault.  The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provides medical and forensic response to victims of sexual assault, 12 years and older, who come into their Emergency Department, 24 hours a day. 

In Santa Clara County, SART exams are performed at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose. Trained medical professionals will address an individual’s medical needs related to the assault as well as collect evidence at no cost to a victim of sexual violence.

SART nurses maintain Counselor/Victim Privilege of Confidentiality as legally required under California Evidence Codes. 

Victims have the option to speak with the police or not. The ability to have a medical-legal exam performed is not dependent upon speaking with the police or filing a police report; however, hospitals in the State of California are required to notify the police if a physical injury has been sustained, and will contact law enforcement. 


Berkeley Mental Health Adult Services

Crisis, Assessment, and Triage

Short-term crisis counseling, assessment, evaluation, brief clinic based treatment services, and linkages to community based resources. 

Comprehensive Community Treatment (CCT) Program

Case management and support services designed for people with serious and persistent mental disabilities. Comprehensive Community Treatment patients are people with histories of psychiatric hospitalization who are in need of mental health, and other medical and social services, and who require long-term comprehensive services to maintain stability in the community.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Program

Comprehensive case management and support services for people whose problems have resulted in multiple and lengthy hospitalizations or whose health and mental health status puts them at critically high risk. Patients are seen on a daily basis, when necessary, to obtain assistance with multiple and complex needs.

General Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Crisis Response Hours

Sunday–Saturday, 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Phone: (510) 981-5254 (Voice message)


2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Tel: (510) 981-5290
Fax: (510) 981-5265
TDD: (510) 981-6903

Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) 

Founded in 1971, BAWAR was the first rape crisis center in the country. It was founded with the two-part goal of establishing a place where rape and incest survivors could receive the quality counseling and advocacy they need, and to provide community education regarding sexual assault.

24-Hour Hotline, English and Spanish: (510) 845-7273

Bay Area Women Against Rape
470 27th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm PST (Excluding Federal Holidays)

Tel: (510) 430-1298
Fax: (510) 430-2579

Medical Services and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)  

Alameda County has two hospitals that provide both forensic exams and medical care. Other hospitals in the county provide medical care only, and are not designated as forensic exam facilities.

Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602

Tel: (510) 437-4800 

Washington Hospital
2000 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA 94538

Tel: (510) 797-1111

Tri-Valley Haven

Each year, Tri-Valley Haven receives between 3,000 and 4,000 crisis calls. That’s almost 10 calls every day, from survivors in need. These crisis calls are handled compassionately and knowledgeably by trained staff and volunteers—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Through their crisis line, they provide crisis intervention and referals to services such as their Domestic Violence Services, Sexual Assault Services, Restraining Order Clinics, Sex Trafficking Services, Homeless Services, Food Pantry, and Counseling & Support Groups. They also provide referrals to other domestic violence shelters, community partners, and resources.

Tri-Valley Haven's Community Building is located at:
3663 Pacific Avenue
Livermore, CA 9455

24 Hour Crisis Lines: (925) 449-5842 or (800) 884-8119

Study Abroad Students

Pathways to Safety International (Formerly Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center) empowers victims of interpersonal & gender based violence abroad. Pathways undertakes the global challenge of assisting victims who are enduring extreme suffering in isolated situations where support seems minimal and many obstacles block the path to safety. Services are provided 24/7/365 via technology on a global scale to American victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and forced marriage.

This is achieved via an international toll free crisis line, 833-SAFE-833, accessible from over 120 countries, serving a population estimated at 9 million American civilians living overseas, 80 million Americans traveling overseas, and the 450,000 American military personnel and their dependents.

833-SAFE-833 | International Toll-Free



Reporting to University Officials 

Individuals may make a report to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, Office of Student Life, Campus Safety Services, Human Resources, a supervisor, a provost/vice provost, dean, or department or program head.  In general, when one of these offices or employees receives a report, the University must begin a preliminary inquiry to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe that the University's policies against discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct has been violated. 

Reporting to University officials still affords privacy to the reporter, and information will be shared as necessary. The circle of people with this knowledge will be kept as tight as possible to preserve an individual’s rights and privacy. Reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, or retaliation may be made using any of the following options listed below.

Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX

Loyola Hall
425 El Camino Real, Suite 140
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX: Belinda Guthrie 

Inquiries & Information: (408) 551-3043

Office of Student Life

Benson Memorial Center, 2nd Floor
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Inquiries & Information: (408) 554-4583

The Office of Student Life (OSL) offers programs and services that integrate student learning with personal development and responsibility. It serves as a resource for students in all areas of campus life, and maintains the community living standards for all resident and non-resident students including overseeing the University’s Student Judicial System. OSL assists students by informing them of their rights, providing information about on- and off-campus resources, reporting options, and options through the University Judicial System. The office also assists with academic and living accommodations for students in crisis.

Campus Safety Services

Located on the ground floor of the parking structure, Campus Safety Services is responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and peace on campus and is on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency Phone: (408) 554-4444
Main Phone Number: (408) 554-4441

Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Sexual Assault Team

The Sexual Assault Team handles Statutory Rape Vertical Prosecution Grant and Child Abuse Vertical Prosecution Grant both funded by the State of California, felony violations of the sex registration laws, and prosecutions of sexual assaults on adult and child victims. Each year the sexual assault team handles over five hundred felony sexual assault cases and over one hundred and fifty felony violations of the sex registration laws. Many of the cases prosecuted by the Sexual Assault Team carry potential life sentences mandated by the "One Strike" laws that apply to aggravated circumstances such as multiple victims, kidnapping, and burglary.

Victims of sexual assault are guaranteed anonymity throughout the court process and victim’s address is protected by state law from disclosure, California Penal Code Sections 293 and 293.5. The Sexual Assault Team also obtains search warrants of defendants’ blood to test for HIV on behalf of sexual assault victims where there is probable cause to believe that there was an exchange of bodily fluids, California Penal Code Section 1524.1. The local health department will inform the victim of the result in a medically confidential manner and provide professional counseling, California Penal Code Section 1524.1(f)(g)(h).

For More Information Please Contact:

Sexual Assault Team
70 West Hedding Street, West Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

Tel: (408) 792-2793


Resources exist on- and off-campus for individuals to report crimes to law enforcement.  

Campus Safety Services

Individuals should contact Campus Safety Services to report an emergency, report a crime, or request immediate assistance. Reports can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. People are not required to file an incident report with Campus Safety Services or file a criminal report with law enforcement in order to access resources and support services on- or off-campus. 

Law Enforcement 

The University encourages individuals to pursue criminal action for incidents that may also be crimes under California criminal statutes. Proceedings under this Policy may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus. The University will assist a complainant in making a criminal report and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if a complainant decides to pursue the criminal process to the extent permitted by law. A complainant may also choose not to pursue criminal action, and under most circumstances, law enforcement will not force an individual to participate in an investigation or pursue charges if they are not willing to do so. 

Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD)

601 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Office Hours:
Monday–Friday, 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Closed Sunday

Inquiries & Information: (408) 615-4700

Berkeley Police Department

2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704


If you are calling to report a crime in progress, dial 9-1-1.  For all non-emergencies, reporting suspicious activity, or making an initial report, please call the Department's non-emergency number (510) 981-5900.


Individuals may file a complaint additionally or alternatively with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime