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OASIS at the Wellness Center

American University's Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence (OASIS) provides free and confidential advocacy services for anyone in the campus community who is impacted by sexual violence (sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking). For more detailed information about advocacy, go here.


Contact OASIS at or (202) 885-7070.

The University is dedicated to promoting and fostering a safe environment for all students, staff, and faculty. The AU campus community does not condone sexual, power-based, or gender-based violence in any form. AU honors survivors of sexual violence by adhering to policies that emphasize confidentiality to the highest level possible. AU is dedicated to due process and appropriate response to each case of sexual violence.

The University provides a variety of resources for prevention, awareness, and response. The webpages listed in the left-hand navigation bar under "Sexual Violence Resources" include more detailed information about the resources provided by the University.


AU Knows Consent: Empower AU

During Welcome Week of 2015, incoming students participated in a new consent-based sexual assault prevention workshop. Empower AU is a peer-led workshop focusing on consent, communication, and bystander intervention. The curriculum builds on the Eagle Summit session "What Would You Do?" and complements Step Up, the bystander intervention initiative of American University.

Learning objectives for Empower AU include how to: identify and communicate boundaries, ask for and communicate consent, recognize non-consensual behavior, and be more than a bystander. All new undergraduate students are required to attend the training.

If you missed Empower AU during Welcome Week, you can sign up for a make up session here.


Get the UASKDC App

U Ask DC allows students to get immediate access to critical information needed in the event of a sexual assault on any of DC’s eight college campuses. The application is quick, confidential, and free. U Ask DC is an invaluable tool for any DC college student. Click one of the links below or search "U ASK DC" on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.

Your Rights Under Title IX

Know Your IX is a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX. Armed with information, sexual violence survivors will be able to advocate for themselves during their schools’ grievance proceedings and, if Title IX guarantees are not respected, file a complaint against their colleges with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Considering visiting the Know Your IX website for more information.

In addition to the Know Your IX website, here's a short video that will show you 9 things to know about Title IX in 89 seconds!

AU's Title IX Officer is Heather Pratt. For more information, visit the Title IX website, the Dean of Students website, or consult the University's Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy.


On-campus: If you or somebody you know is in immediate danger, call Public Safety at 202-885-3636 and inform the operator that you require safety assistance.

Off-campus: call 911.

List of Police Departments

Phone Assistance

DC Rape Crisis Center
24-Hour Hotline
(202) 333-7273

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

DC SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program 800-641-4028

Get the App

Wellness - UASKDC

Confidential. Safe. Free. Get immediate access to the information needed most in the event of a sexual assault on one of DC’s eight college campuses — quickly, confidentially and free. An invaluable tool from UASKDC for any DC college student. Click one of the links below.

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