It may feel strange or intimidating to discuss the details of a student’s private life, especially in an academic setting. However, don’t reject your student’s attempt to reach out to you. Be supportive, suggest resources, and be clear with the student about any school policies that make it necessary for you to alert the administration, public safety, or health services about the assault.
If a student discloses a Title IX related incident to you, it is important that you notify your supervisor and the University’s Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible.James Goins, Jr.
Title IX Coordinator
1085 Van Voorhis, Suite 250
Morgantown, WV 26506
Trusted faculty members, including coaches, residence hall advisors, religious leaders and advisors are often the first person to which a student will report their assault. Empower yourself to be an ally by learning key policies and procedures survivors may need.
Title IX Training
You can request an in-person Title IX training by contacting the Office of Equity Assurance at (304) 293-5600.
WVU Peer Advocates
Anyone who wishes to support a survivor can contact a student WVU Peer Advocate to discuss options and on- and off-campus resources while remaining anonymous. A WVU Peer Advocate can be reached by contacting one of the Title IX Education Specialists:Mariana Matthews
Senior Title IX Education Specialist
Office - (304) 293-5600
Title IX Education Specialist
Office - (304) 293-5600
WVU Title IX On Call
While the WVU Peer Advocates and Title IX Education Specialists serve as anonymous resources for all students, faculty and staff, please note that under most circumstances they cannot discuss specific cases with third parties – such as friends and family – due to the students’ rights under FERPA.
- “Help a Loved One” from RAINN
- “Self-Care for Friends and Family Members” from RAINN
- In addition, family members and friends of survivors are welcome to use the RAINN phone hotline and online hotline, as well as seek counseling through rape crisis centers at 1-800-656-HOPE or https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
- Pandora’s Aquarium. There is also a forum within this site for secondary survivors to discuss how to best help survivors and take care of themselves.
- “20 Things Never to Say to a Friend Who Confides in you that They’ve Been Sexually Assaulted” at Feministe