Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

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Students holding signs raising awareness for sexual violence.

Baird Point illuminated in purple as UB recognizes Domestic Violence Action Month in October.

Everyone can make a difference in preventing sexual violence on campus. Resources are available for students, faculty and staff.

Support After an Unwanted Sexual Experience

If you or someone you know needs support dealing with the emotional, physical or legal challenges of surviving a sexual assault or other unwanted sexual experience, we can help you.

See options for after an unwanted sexual experience.

Violence Prevention Events

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Resources

On-Campus Support

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion provides guidance for faculty and staff on how to best respond to a sexual assault disclosure, and seeking help.

Teaching Violent or Sensitive Material?

A simple descriptive acknowledgment prior to presenting sensitive material can enable students to prepare themselves in order to participate in the learning experience when they might otherwise not be able to do so successfully. Bridge the gap to critical campus resources by adding a statement to your syllabus. Use UB's recommended syllabus statement (see "Sexual Violence" under "Recommended Syllabus Components" at the bottom of the page).

Education and Empowerment

We also encourage you to attend educational workshops and programs related to sexual violence prevention, and request a workshop for your class or group.

Good Samaritan Policy

The Good Samaritan Policy eliminates disciplinary consequences for you and the people you are with if you call for help when drinking or using drugs. The health and safety of UB students is our first priority. 

Learn more about the Good Samaritan Policy.

Need Help?

Additional Resources

Sexual Assault

Relationship Abuse and Domestic Violence Support

Video on orders of protection by the UB Family Violence & Women's Rights Clinic and the University at Buffalo Police

Hotlines

  • NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence 24-hour Hotline  1-800-492-6906
  • Domestic Violence Shelter 24-hour Hotline (716) 884-6000
Crisis Text Line

Need to talk? The Crisis Text Line provides 24-hour support for people experiencing a mental health or situational crisis. Users are connected to a trained Crisis Counselor, who will help them develop a plan to stay safe. Messages are confidential, anonymous and secure. Data usage while texting the Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill. Text: “GOT5” to 741-741