AU is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students and employees. There are resources available on-campus for community members covered by Title IX, including:
Medical Support (confidential)
If you have experienced sexual, relationship or other violence, you are encouraged to seek confidential medical support as soon as possible following the incident. A medical provider, such as the options below, can address any health concerns and preserve evidence.
- AU Student Health Center - on-campus medical care for AU students
- DC Forensic Nurses
Forensic nurses provide medical forensic evaluation and documentation for District of Columbia victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault (SANE).
IPV and SANE exams are conducted 24/7 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Emergency Department. You can access services by contacting the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732)
You are encouraged to consider preserving evidence as soon as possible after an incident regardless of whether you have made the decision to contact law enforcement and/or to report the incident to the University. You have the right to a free, confidential exam, whether or not you report to law enforcement.
Emotional Support (confidential)
Victim Advocacy Services – Well-Being Center - 202-885-3500, https://centerofwellbeing.youcanbook.me/
Psychological Services – 202-885-3500, www.american.edu/ocl/counseling
RAINN Hotline - National Sexual Assault Hotline is free, confidential, and 24/7
DC Rape Crisis Center - the nation's oldest rape crisis center includes a 24/7 crisis hotline (202-333-7273) and individual and group counseling in both English and Spanish
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program - confidential support for employees
The Title IX Office ensures that all students, faculty, and staff receive appropriate resources, support, response, and reporting options to eliminate and address sex- and gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.
Students seeking academic support measures, housing support measures, no contact orders, or other supports are encouraged to contact the Office of Equity & Title IX directly.
Students contemplating supports, but unsure about contacting Title IX are encouraged to seek confidential support from the victims' advocates in OASIS, Wellness Center, Hughes Hall.
Staff seeking accommodations or supports should contact Human Resources - Deputy Title IX Program Officer, Beth Muha, firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty members seeking accommodations or supports should contact the Dean of Faculty - Deputy Title IX Program Officer, Monica Jackson, email@example.com
Other Support Options @ AU
You are encouraged to contact the Title IX Office or other confidential resources following an incident to support and interim protective measures. You may also consider contacting any of these options if you feel more comfortable approaching them or if you have specific requests they can directly address.
- Academic Support and Access Center
- Center for Diversity & Inclusion
- Dean of Students Office
- Housing & Residence Life
- Office of Human Resources
- Dean of Faculty - Office of the Provost
- Center for Diversity & Inclusion - on-campus, Mary Graydon Center 2nd Floor
- The DC Center - The DC Center for the LGBT Community offers individual and group mental health support services for LGBTQ survivors of violence and crime in the District of Columbia. More information can be found here.
- Whitman-Walker Health - health center with special expertise in LGBTQ care, including free therapy groups
- The Trevor Project lifeline - 1.866.488.7386 including chat and text options via the web
Student With Disability Support
- National Sexual Assault Hotline at RAINN 1.800.656.4673 (voice only)and 24/7 chat line via the web
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (voice); 1-855-812-1001 (videophone); 1-800-787-3224 (TTY); and 24/7 chat available via the web (En Español)
- JED Foundation's ULifeline online resource for college mental health
- Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741-741 from anywhere in the USA; Counselors who are POC or Deaf are available
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255; has chat line
- National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) - NCCSD@ahead.org; 1-844-730-8048; 1-651-583-7499 (videophone)
For College Student with Disabilities who need help finding disability resources or student organizations on campus
DC Area Support
The following resources in the District of Columbia offer information and services to those who have experienced a range of behavior, including discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. These resources are independent of the University and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University.
- Network for Victim Recovery of DC - free case management and legal services to victims of crime
- DC SAFE - is the 24/7 crsis intervention agency for domestic violence in DC
- DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The Women's Center - The mission of The Women’s Center is to significantly improve the mental health and well-being of all members of the community through counseling, education, support, and advocacy.
- DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants - hotline and crime victim compensation
Northern Virginia and Maryland Support
Maryland Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Programs
- Montgomery County: Shady Grove Adventist Healthcare Center
9901 Medical Center Dr, Rockville, MD 20850-3357; (240) 826-6000
Prince George's County: UM Prince George's Hospital Center
3001 Hospital Dr, Cheverly, MD 20785-1189; (301) 618-3154
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) - provides information and support statewide
Virginia Sexual Assault and relationship Violence Exams in Arlington, Fairfax, and Alexandria
- Alexandria, VA & Fairfax County: Call Alexandria Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at 703-683-7273 (TTY 711) to speak with an advocate and have an advocate accompany you to Inova Fairfax Hospital for a forensic nurse exam
- Arlington, VA: Doorways provides a 24/7 hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault at 703-237-0881 and provides accompaniment for sexual assault nurse examiner exams