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SAVP Director

Contact: Charlotte Strauss Swanson, LMSW
Phone: 845-437-7863
E-mail: chstraussswanson@vassar.edu or savp@vassar.edu

The SAVP coordinator provides private, individualized, and survivor-centered support to survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking on campus. Support and advocacy services include:

  • Emotional support
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance with Title IX reporting 
  • Support and accompaniment to both on and off campus appointments
  • Assistance with accommodations including:
    • Room changes
    • Academic accommodations
    • No contact orders
    • Referrals to both on and off campus counselors
  • Information and Resource Referrals
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SART Advocates

Phone: 845-437-7333 and ask to speak with a SART Advocate

More information: SART

SART Advocates are trained faculty, administrators, and staff who are available 24/7 to provide survivor-centered advocacy and support for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.

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Counseling Services

Phone: (845) 437- 5700 during business hours or 845-437-7333 24-hours for the counselor-on-call

For more information, visit the Counseling Service website.

Vassar College Counseling Service is staffed by psychological counselors who provide confidential assistance to Vassar College students. Services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, educational programs, consultations, assessments, and referrals to off-campus counseling resources. Counseling staff can assist students with any form of abuse whether it is a recent event or in the past. Phoenix Rising, a support group for survivors of sexual trauma, is offered each semester. If you're interested in being a part of the group, please call the Counseling Service to set up an intake.

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Safety and Security

Phone: 845) 437-5221 for non-emergencies
(845) 437-7333 for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
For more information, visit the Safety and Security website.

To promote safety and security on campus, Vassar College provides a range of services to members of the community and visitors as well. Services include around-the-clock protection by the uniformed, unarmed security force, additional evening and weekend support by the Campus Patrol (student foot patrol), escort and shuttle services during evening hours, and crime prevention programs. Vassar Security can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Health Services

Phone (weekdays): (845) 437-5800
Phone (weekends): (845) 437-5807
For more information, visit the Health Service website.

Baldwin Health Service is staffed by physicians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. The Health Service provides routine primary medical care to Vassar students Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Services include, but are not limited to, gynecological exams, contraceptive and general counseling, diagnosis and treatment of infections, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing.

If you have student health insurance, pregnancy and STI testings are of no cost at the Vassar Health Service. If you are using private insurance, testings may be of no or low cost. Health Services is always available to work with students who cannot afford the costs of testing or medications to explore every option available.

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Title IX Office

Phone: (845)437-7924
For more information, visit the Title IX information on the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website.

Vassar College has designated a Title IX officer to coordinate the college’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including the investigation of allegations of discrimination or harassment based on sex as well as such allegations of discrimination based on marital status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression.

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Therapy Dog Services

In collaboration with the Office of Residential Life, SAVP is offering an on-campus supportive service for the 2015-16 academic year: time with a therapydog. If you are interested in spending time with Remy (a longhaired, miniature dachshund; follow her on Instagram at @RemyBearThD), please contact Diane Eshelman, House Advisor & Assistant Director for Campus Life/First Year Programs, (dieshelman@vassar.edu). Please note that Diane is a mandated reporter and cannot keep information confidential.

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