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Student Affairs offices are operating remotely. Visit individual department pages for services and contact information. Visit our event calendar for virtual events. To speak with a Student Affairs staff member about any questions or concerns you may be experiencing, please visit our virtual office hours page

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If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or relationship violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation, the University is committed to giving you the help and support you deserve.

No matter the circumstances, you are not to blame. Give yourself permission to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. You are entitled to receive the full range of resources and support services the University has to offer, including academic, employment, or housing accommodations; medical care; emotional support; and advocacy services.

We Are Open 

During the remote instruction period, the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response, Gender Equity Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services remain open and available to support students. Please contact these offices, or email to initiate discreet support that is specific to your circumstances. 

Domestic Violence Support during COVID-19
Movement restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased domestic violence concerns worldwide. Abuse can be carried out by anyone, not just a relationship partner.

If you are concerned about the safety of yourself or someone else, we are here to help. Our offices are open and available to provide support. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
Email us to initiate discreet support

Understanding Domestic and Relationship Violence 

Relationship abuse takes many forms. You do not need to be in a romantic or sexual relationship to experience unhealthy behaviors and abuse. Parents, siblings, relatives, and even housemates can make you feel unsafe just like a spouse or romantic partner. If you feel as though you are experiencing mistreatment from the people you are sheltering in place with, please contact our offices for support.

Finding a Safe Space

Finding a safe and confidential space to speak is important. Our offices are understanding, and offer flexible appointments to meet students needs. We can also help students brainstorm ways to access our services safely. 

Protecting Victim Survivors

No matter when or where you are treated badly, Penn State is here to support you. Even if the abuser is not affiliated with the University, we are still able to help by providing critical resources including counseling, safety planning, academic accommodations, referrals to community resources, and more.

Supporting Victim Survivors 

If you suspect a friend is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, talk to them about it and remind them that you will be there if and when they need help to leave. Encourage them to engage in the following essential steps:

  • Develop a safety plan
  • Practice self-care
  • Reach out to a support network of friends and family

Additionally, The National Network to End Domestic Violence has created a tip sheet to help individuals support friends and family members who may be experiencing domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“ To all the survivors out there, we believe you. For those of you currently experiencing mistreatment, violence, or abuse, you are not alone. We can help you regain a sense of safety, even while sheltering in place. ”
Penn State Gender Equity Center

Helpful Apps

  • ReachOut Editions 
    • Anonymous resource guide proving Penn State specific information and a step-by-step guide to helpful resources for survivors at any point in their healing  journey.
    • Speak with someone immediately or link to additional resources for support, prevention, and advocacy.
    • Special instructions: After downloading the app, select "U.S. Colleges and Universities and search for "Pennsylvania State University." You can then explore information specific to Penn State.
  • MyPlan 
    • Created by the One Love Foundation to provide individuals impacted by relationship abuse with resources and safety planning information.
    • Password protected, free, and discreet assistance.

Private Messaging Apps

  • Telegram
    • End-to-end encryption means messages are unrecoverable and only you and the recipient can read those messages. Self-destruction functionality enables you to make your messages, photos, videos and files automatically disappear from both devices after a set amount of time or after they have been read or opened by the recipient. 
    • Messages cannot be forwarded. Deleting messages on your side of the conversation will remove them from the recipients' side as well.
  • Whatsapp
    • Send private individual and group chats and calls.
    • End-to-end encryption means no third party can view the messages. This security is automatic without turning on any additional settings.
  • Threema
    • Users receive a randomly generated ID, so messages and contacts are not shared with the app and a phone number, email, or other personal information is not required to used the app.
    • Messages are protected against hackers and deleted after delivery.