Remember that all emotional responses to sexual misconduct are normal. You may feel upset, very calm, or anything in between. Everyone copes differently. Resist the urge to blame yourself or think you should have done something differently. It is important to reach out to a friend you trust and utilize all available resources when you feel ready. You are not alone. We are here to help. If you are in the midst of an emergency, please call 304-696-4357 (HELP) or 6-4357 from any university phone or use one of the 30+ emergency/service help phones located throughout the Huntington campus, which will provide direct contact with the police dispatcher around the clock.
Options for Reporting an Incident
Below are the number of ways someone can report information to get it to the Title IX Office:
- Contact Title IX Coordinator: Jessica H. Donahue Rhodes, Esq.
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the Title IX Office at 304-696-3075.
- Stop by the Marshall University Title IX Office (Old Main, Third Floor, Room 324)
- Tell a Marshall University employee – like a Resident Advisor, Area Coordinator, or other Marshall faculty or staff – employees are required reporters and will get your information to the Title IX Office for appropriate response and follow-up.
- Call MUPD at 304-696-4357 (HELP). An MUPD officer will visit you. In an emergency, call 911.
There are accountability options available to you through the University only, through the criminal system via law enforcement/courts, or through both. If the alleged perpetrator is a Marshall student or employee, the victim/survivor is encouraged to file a complaint with the University. When the alleged perpetrator is not affiliated with the University, there are limitations to the accountability/disciplinary actions. However, there are still resources and supportive measures for students and employees.
If you seek medical attention, the hospital is required by law to report any incident of a sexual offense. However, you are not required to press formal charges at that time and can choose to do so in the future. The hospital will not notify the University if a student goes in on their own seeking a forensic sexual assault examination.