An advocate from the Mather Center is available to provide confidential short-term crisis intervention, support, resources, and advocacy to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have experienced any form of sexual, dating, or power-based violence. All services and sessions are free and confidential.
Where Can You Find an Advocate?
As of January 2022, the advocate is located in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 248, Mondays-Fridays 9 AM – 5 PM.
If you need assistance outside of the advocate’s office hours, please call the CWRU Confidential 24/7 SAFEline 216.368.7777.
What is the Advocate's Role?
- Assist students understand, evaluate and choose among resources and services available on and off campus
- Provide immediate crisis intervention and safety planning
- Orient survivors to different systems; legal, medical, etc.
- Clarify the University process for sexual misconduct incidents
- Act as a liaison for students between the various systems
- Provide ongoing support and accompaniment
- Explain the effects of trauma and provide appropriate resources
What is Sexual Harassment?
Under CWRU policy, sexual harassment includes:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault
- Non-consensual contact or activity
- Non-consensual intercourse
- Forced contact or activity
- Forced intercourse
- Intimate partner violence (dating & domestic violence)
How is Harassment Reported to Title IX?
- University Staff, Faculty, and Police are Mandated Reporters, and must report misconduct witnessed or reported to them.
- Confidential resources include: Advocates, Counseling Services, Health Services, Inter-Religious Center, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
- Students are NOT mandated reporters, but have anonymous reporting options, including speaking with an Advocate.
Options for Obtaining Support and Accessing the Complaint and Investigation Process
CWRU strongly encourages persons who experience sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to report their experience so they receive assistance and support, and to access the Office of Equity complaint and investigation process.
- Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment may choose to report it with the Office of Equity, as well as with local law enforcement.
- In cases where students do not want to participate in an investigation, but the situation indicates possible danger to the larger campus community, the Office of Equity may still conduct an investigation.
- Students can share information with the Office of Equity anytime following an incident of sexual harassment, although the time from the incident to the investigation may limit the available evidence, as might the fact that the person reportedly responsible for the misconduct is no longer a member of the CWRU community.
- If the university receives an anonymous report of sexual harassment, the university will conduct an inquiry as much as possible, but the limited information may impact the university's ability to determine what occurred and take effective action. A person who wants the person reportedly responsible for the sexual harassment to be sanctioned by CWRU must report the situation to the Office of Equity.