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How to Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in ending personal power-based violence on our campus.

Getting involved in prevention activities is an excellent way to work towards creating a safer environment for all Mountaineers! 

Start by knowing your resources .  U.S. federal law guarantees students the right to an education free from sexual violence and harassment. Students who know their rights can better advocate for themselves and for each other. Learn about the relevant laws such as Title IX and the Clery Act, and teach others. If you feel you have been violated contact your Title IX Coordinator, James Goins Jr. at (304) 293-5600.

  1. Break the silence – talk with other students about their options and experiences and share resources.
  2. Have a positive social media presence, #ItsOnUs, #WVUPeerAdvocate.
    1. Other resources you should know:

WVU Peer Advocate Program

WVU Peer Advocate Program offers students a minimum of 60 iServe hours in a three credit course designed by the Title IX office and the Center for Service and Learning. Within this course, students receive critical prevention information and response protocols for sexual assault and power-based personal violence. Students will learn medical response, legal, and judicial proceedings, counseling options, and criminal protocols. Additionally, students enrolled in the course will explore gender identity, human sexuality, and LGBTQ perspectives. All are welcomed to attend current classes and encouraged to enroll in the course fall of 2016 to receive course credit. Contact either Title IX Education Specialist: 

Mariana Matthews
(304) 293-5600 office
(304) 906-9930 mobile
Mariana.Matthews@mail.wvu.edu

Brooke Bailey
(304) 293-5600 office
(304) 960-1920 mobile
BaBailey@mail.wvu.edu

P.R.O.T.E.C.T.

If you are interested in learning more about self-defense, contact University Police department for more information about their PROTECT/RAD program. 

To schedule a P.R.O.T.E.C.T class please contact:

Sergeant Phillip Lemon
Training Coordinator
Phone: 304-293-COPS
Email: phil.lemon@mail.wvu.edu 

RDVIC

The  Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC) has several volunteer opportunities. Contact them at 304-292-5100 if you are interested in volunteering.

Seeking help?

If you are fearful for yourself or another person in your current environment or situation call 911 immediately.

Find an emergency contact

West Virginia University Campus Police: 304-293-3136.

WELLAWARE

An interactive bystander intervention training program that teaches students to realistically and effectively intervene in high-risk situations.

Learn more about WELLAWARE

File a complaint

File a complaint regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual & domestic misconduct (including sexual assault), stalking, or retaliation.

File now

Prevention Programs

Learn more about sexual assault and power-based personal violence prevention programs offered at West Virginia University.

View available programs.

WVU Peer Advocates

Get involved and make a difference

West Virginia University signed onto the national It’s On Us campaign in 2015 to continue violence prevention efforts and reinforce Mountaineers’ rights under Title IX.

Under the It’s On Us campaign, the University coordinates the WVU Peer Advocate program. Through this initiative, expertly trained students work to end sexual assault and power-based personal violence on campus through immediate crisis intervention and prevention awareness events.

Any student is welcome and encouraged to become a WVU Peer Advocate and can become involved by contacting a Title IX Education Specialist.

  • To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
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