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FAQ

Q. WHAT IF I WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED LAST YEAR?

A. There is no time limit for reporting incidents of sexual assault, and there is certainly no time limit to reach out to someone for assistance in dealing with an assault. Its normal for victims to not want to come forward at first, so don’t feel as though if you haven’t come forward to talk about it that you can’t. You can openly discuss your rights and options with a Title IX Education Specialist, and if you would like to report the incident, you can report it to Title IX at any time.

Q. WHAT IS THE UNIVERSITY DOING TOWARDS PREVENTION?

A. 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.

Title IX training is available for students, faculty and staff through West Virginia University. The in-person training sessions provide education on individuals’ rights under Title IX and resources that are available both on- and off-campus. Additionally, conversations on sexual assault, power-based personal violence, consent, and prevention efforts are facilitated.

Other related trainings are also available for West Virginia University faculty and staff:

Q. I HAVE SUGGESTIONS OR CONCERNS, WHO DO I CONTACT?

A.If you have concerns specific to a particular incident, contact the Title IX Coordinator, James Goins, Jr. at 304-293-5600 or james.goins@mail.wvu.edu.

If you have concerns regarding the processes that are in place, services or prevention efforts, please contact one of the Title IX Education Specialists:

Mariana Matthews
Title IX Education Specialist
Mariana.Matthews@mail.wvu.edu
Office - (304) 293-5600
Mobile - (304) 906-9930

Brooke Bailey
Title IX Education Specialist
BaBailey@mail.wvu.edu
Office - (304) 293-5600
Mobile - (304) 960-1920

Q. HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

A.If you are interested in getting involved in shifting the culture on campus or educating other students about sexual assault, or if you are interested in being a part of WVU’s It's On Us campaign, contact one of the Title IX Education Specialists:

Mariana Matthews
Title IX Education Specialist
Mariana.Matthews@mail.wvu.edu
Office - (304) 293-5600
Mobile - (304) 906-9930

Brooke Bailey
Title IX Education Specialist
BaBailey@mail.wvu.edu
Office - (304) 293-5600
Mobile - (304) 960-1920

Q. DOES THE UNIVERSITY OFFER SELF DEFENSE CLASS?

A. Yes. If you are interested in taking a self defense class, contact the University Police Department at 304-293-COPS (2311).

Q. WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS RELATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE ON CAMPUS?

A. For questions or concerns related to the sexual assault response on campus, contact either the Title IX Coordinator, James Goins, Jr., at james.goins@mail.wvu.edu, or one of the Title IX Education Specialists:

Mariana Matthews
Title IX Education Specialist
Mariana.Matthews@mail.wvu.edu
Office - (304) 293-5600
Mobile - (304) 906-9930

Brooke Bailey
Title IX Education Specialist
BaBailey@mail.wvu.edu
Office - (304) 293-5600
Mobile - (304) 960-1920

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

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

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Prevention Programs

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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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