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Acts of sexual misconduct can be life changing. JMU's campus and community confidential and nonconfidential resources are very beneficial and can help lead to recovery. Everyone recovers differently, so there is a wide variety of different avenues available to make sure that every consideration is given to their well-being. These resources are available to students, employees, affiliates, and visitors. 

Did you know that 34 percent of college student survivors have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and that drug or alcohol abuse (often used by survivors to self-medicate) was reported by 40 percent of college student survivors?

If you personally need to seek professional help or know someone who has experienced sexual assault, please contact the Title IX Office. Let us work together to connect those who need help to resources.

Understanding Confidentiality


In our JMU Policy 1340, confidential resources are University employees who provide or support the provision of counseling, advocacy, health, mental health or sexual assault-related services to members of the university community who have experienced sexual misconduct. These include campus mental-health counselors, social workers, psychologists, health-center employees and any other person with a professional license requiring confidentiality, or an employee in the office who is supervised by such a person. Confidential resources also include affiliates who are pastoral or religious counselors. Confidential Resources are exempt from reporting to a Title IX Officer.


The privacy of an individual is still protected and respected under FERPA. Nonconfidential resources are still required to keep information private, but there could be an instance where information is shared only on a need-to-know basis in the event that interim measures need to be coordinated someone may need to be connected to professional resources. 

Confidential Advocacy Resources

University Health Center
Student Success Center - 1st and 2nd floor Counseling Center
(540) 568-6552
Student Success Center - 3rd floor

The Collins Center and Child Advocacy Center
(540) 432-6430
217 S. Liberty Street, Suite 205, Harrisonburg VA  22801
  • Off-campus crisis counseling, support, and advocacy

Confidential Medical Resources

Sentara RHM Emergency Department
(540) 689-1000
2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA  22801
  • Within 72 hours of the sexual assault, a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) can be performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE Nurse), and a police department investigator from where the assault occurred will be called.
University Health Center - (540) 568-6178
Student Success Center - 1st and 2nd Floor
  • Emergency contraception
  • Medical examinations/STI testing

Confidential Hotlines

Commonwealth Attorney’s Victim Services Program - 800-838-8238 24/7 Virginia Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline

CARE (Campus Assault ResponsE) - (540) 568-6411 – 24-hour student run sexual assault helpline

Nonconfidential Resources

Title IX Office 
Madison Hall
Rooms 4033 and 4035
(540) 568-5219
  • Providing interim measures:  Temporary and immediate measures or interventions to ensure a safe environment, no-contact orders, temporary changes in assignments, classes, schedules or jobs, temporary changes of university housing or restrictions on use of facilities, temporary transportation options, unpaid leave, or temporary suspensions from school or work
  • Getting you connected with counseling and consultation services
  • Talking to your Title IX Officer to just learn more information about your rights and option on moving forward

JMU Campus Police
Anthony Seeger Hall
Lisa Carickhoff, Clery Officer
General Information:  (540) 568-6769
Nonemergency:  (540) 568-6912
Emergency:  (540) 568-6911

Harrisonburg Police Department  
City Hall
409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA  22801
General information:  (540) 432-7701
Nonemergency:  (540) 434-4436
Emergency:  911

Outside Resources

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for Higher Education

Department of Education's Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence: Background, Summary, and Fast Facts, dated April 4, 2011

U.S. Department of Justice 

U.S. Department of Education

Your Rights

  • counseling services
  • medical services
  • academic support like tutoring
  • educational accommodations like retaking a course or withdrawing from a class without penalty
  • alternative housing arrangements in a different residence hall, house, or apartment
  • security escorts by JMU to ensure that you can move safely between classes and activities
  • present your case to law enforcement and look into the legal process at any time; it can happen concurrently with a student conduct process
  • be protected against retaliation
  • be notified of the time frame if JMU conducts a full investigation of the complaint
  • be notified in writing of the outcome of the complaint
  • end the informal process at any time and begin the formal stage of the complaint process

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