Vanderbilt University Resources
24-Hour Crisis/Support Hotline: (615) 322-SAFE (7233)
Office: (615) 875-0660 (Walk-ins welcome Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM; call the office line for non-urgent matters or to schedule an appointment)
Call us anytime to talk about what you have experienced, to ask questions, and to get information related to your options for what to do next and where to turn for help. Project Safe Center staff are available 24/7 to provide accompaniment to the Student Health Center and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Department for treatment post-assault and/or for a forensic examination.
Eligibility for Immunity from Disciplinary Action (“The Immunity Rule”)
Vanderbilt recognizes that individuals with information about sexual misconduct may be hesitant to provide that information if they fear that in doing so, they would have to reveal their own violation of other University policies. Therefore, while Vanderbilt does not condone any violations of its policies, the University will generally extend immunity for possession or use of alcohol or drugs and any resulting intoxication to students, and may extend such immunity to other individuals, in order to facilitate reporting and investigation of sexual misconduct incidents. Individuals may be provided with resources on or referred for drug and alcohol assessment, counseling and/or education, as appropriate.
Students are expected to be forthcoming and honest when providing information to contact tracers. A student who provides information about their prior possession or use of alcohol or other drugs and any resulting intoxication, or prior violation of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 protocols, during contact tracing will be eligible for immunity from disciplinary action in order to facilitate accurate information reporting. Similarly, a student who provides information in a Title IX investigation about their prior possession or use of alcohol or other drugs and any resulting intoxication, or prior violation of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 protocols, will be eligible for immunity from disciplinary action in order to facilitate accurate information reporting during the investigation. On the other hand, failure to be truthful and forthcoming during contact tracing will result in disciplinary action.
911 or (615) 421-1911
Vanderbilt Police Department- Walking Escort Service (615) 421-8888
VandySafe is a mobile safety application for iOS and Android smartphones. The app allows users to connect directly from their cell phones to the Vanderbilt University Police Department. With VandySafe, you can contact VUPD for emergency services with two easy taps, submit non-emergency reports to VUPD with text, photos, or videos, submit information to VUPD anonymously, assign contacts to monitor your safety at your request, access information about Vandy Vans, and view VUPD emergency guides. SafeVU is free, available to anyone, and available for iOS and Android.
University Counseling Center
The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers individual psychotherapy as well as an ongoing support group for victims of sexual assault. For more information, visit their website or call (615) 322-2571.
The UCC Acute Care Team (ACT) staff members are available to respond to students affected acutely by a traumatic event, such as sexual assault.
The immediate impact of events like these can be especially devastating if the survivor does not receive effective support to regain stability and safety. The ACT team at the UCC consists of clinicians who can assist students in providing a safe space and support with the personal impact of these events, some of which may include:
- Recurring nightmares and/or memories of the event
- Sleep difficulties
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increase in anxiety or depressed mood
- Relationship or academic difficulties
Please contact the UCC (322-2571) and ask to speak to or schedule an appointment with a member of the ACT team if you think you may benefit from this service or if you have recently experienced a traumatic event and would like support. The student may request to speak with either a male or a female member of the ACT team.
Urgent Psychological Crisis/Triage: Monday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM and Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, you may come into the University Counseling Center and be seen by the clinician on triage, or you may call the University Counseling Center at (615) 322-2571 to speak with triage clinician. The University Counseling Center is located at 2015 Terrace Place (across Terrace Place from the Baker Building).
After 4:30 PM, if you are experiencing an urgent psychological crisis, you should go to the Vanderbilt Emergency Room or the nearest Emergency Room for acute assessment and support. If you decide not to go to the Emergency Room then you may call the UCC after 5PM (615) 322-2571 and, through an answering service, you will be connected to the clinician who is on call at that time.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program of Work/Life Connections-EAP is available to Vanderbilt staff including full-time, part-time and TempForce employees and their spouses.
With experienced, trained EAP counselors; staff at Vanderbilt report that WLC-EAP is a great place to start to resolve personal or workplace concerns. Employees seek services from WLC-EAP to deal with a variety of issues (stress, emotional health, relationships, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, and other personal concerns). WLC-EAP can also help an employee formulate a plan for expanding communication and personal interaction skills which may impact other workplace issues.
Call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 for a confidential appointment.
Student Health Center
The Student Health healthcare providers are trained in the medical evaluation and treatment of all students who have sustained a sexual assault. Our providers are also a confidential source. Students should call 615-322-2254 and request a same-day appointment. Services provided include:
- STD testing and treatment
- Post-Exposure HIV treatment and assessment
- Emergency Contraception
- Referrals (as guided by the student’s desires) to other on-campus resources
Students exposed to HIV (or have had a high risk but unknown exposure such as sexual assault) should start medication as soon as possible after exposure. Students should contact Student Health for a same-day appointment or if after-hours (and without access to Student Health within 12 hours), students should contact the after-hours emergency line at 615-322-2427.
Office of Housing and Residential Education
Office of the University Chaplain & Religious Life
Title IX Coordinator
These local resources are external to Vanderbilt:
The Sexual Assault Center of Nashville
Crisis & Support Line 1-800-879-1999
YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
YWCA Crisis and Information Line: (615) 242-1199 or toll free 1-800-334-4628.
Metro Office of Family Safety
The Office of Family Safety website provides information and resource contact information for a variety of medical, legal, educational, housing, and financial assistance resource information. OFS also provides this PDF Guide of community resources. The mission of Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County’s Office of Family Safety is to improve victim safety and offender accountability through the coordination of services provided to domestic violence and sexual assault victims by Metropolitan Government, its Family Justice Center and nonprofit partners.
For those seeking to obtain an Order of Protection, forms and helpful information may be found on the OFS website here. An Order of Protection is a legal document signed by a judge that prevents an abuser from contacting you or coming around you for any reason. It is a civil procedure which means that you don’t have to involve law enforcement if you do not want to. This also means that it will not go on an abuser’s record as long as they abide by the Order. Violating the Order can result in criminal charges against the abuser for behavior that wouldn’t normally be considered criminal, like calling you. If the judge grants your request for an Order of Protection, the Order can be in place for up to 1 year. You can request an extension of your Order at the end of that year if you still feel unsafe.
Family Safety Center
The Family Safety Center (FSC) is one of the largest Family Justice Centers in the country. The FSC increases the safety of victims of domestic and sexual violence, child and elder abuse, and human trafficking by creating a supportive environment for victims to receive free and confidential services from a variety of providers. Walk-ins are welcome. Services include safety planning, danger assessment, information and assistance in obtaining orders of protection, counseling, crisis intervention, shelter/housing assistance, emergency food assistance, children’s services, support groups, referrals to partner agencies, and address confidentiality assistance.
Domestic Violence Victim Intervention Program (VIP)
Provided through the Metro OFS’s Family Safety Center and staffed by mental health professionals, VIP is available to victims, their families, and other individuals in crisis who come in contact with the police department. Anyone victimized by a crime who wants counseling or court advocacy is eligible for services. A victim’s decision about prosecution does not affect eligibility. Services include crisis intervention, group crisis incident debriefing, counseling, advocacy, resource information and referral, and more.
These national resources are external to Vanderbilt:
SPARC Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center
The mission of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. Available by phone at 1-866-488-7386. Online chat support is also available via the link above.
1 in 6
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. 1in6 offers 24/7 online chat support and weekly online support groups for men.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Available by phone at 1-800-799-7233. For those seeking self-guided resources for safety planning, click the link above to learn more. The Hotline has assisted over 4 million people since its creation in 1994. The NDVH website offers many resources and free online education on many aspects of domestic violence, and they work to empower those who have experienced abuse.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Available by phone at 1-800-656-4673. Online chat support is also available at the link above. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and offers prevention education. Guides for what to do after an assault, how to support a friend or family member, and more are available on their website.
The Clery Center for Security On Campus
The Clery Center is the primary resource for learning more about the Clery Act and the rights it provides and the obligations it imposes.
Men Can Stop Rape
The mission of Men Can Stop Rape is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. A variety of resources on healthy masculinity are available on their website.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. NSVRC also works with the media to promote informed reporting. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. NSVRC is also one of the three founding organizations of RALIANCE, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.
The National Sexual Assault Legal Assistance Hotline
Available by phone at 567-SHATTER (567-782-8837) or complete the online form. The Take Back The Night Foundation legal support team provides free support so those impacted by sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other sexual violence can explore their legal options. To learn more, they offer an FAQ.
To File a Report at Vanderbilt
Equal Opportunity and Access
Vanderbilt Police Department
Emergency: (615) 421-1911
Non-emergency: (615) 322-2745
Reporting Child Abuse and Other Child Safety Concerns
In an emergency, please call 911. To reach the Vanderbilt Office of Risk and Insurance Management, Protection of Minors, please call 615-936-5935. Other resources for reporting include the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Hotline 877-237-0004 and the Vanderbilt University EthicsPoint Compliance Reporting Hotline 844-814-5935 or VU EthicsPoint online reporting form.