Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Advocates are trained Vassar faculty, administrators, and staff who are available 24/7 to provide survivor-centered advocacy and support for survivors of sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. They will discuss your options with you, even if you are not ready to take any action. They will go over your rights, give you support, and make sure that you have as much control of the process as possible. They can also accompany you, if you wish, to access resources on or off campus. SART Advocates will let you make decisions based on what is safe and comfortable for you.
SART Advocates are private resources on campus, which means that they do not have to let anyone know that you came forward for support or help, unless there is imminent danger or community safety concerns. However, if you would like to formally report an incident to the Title IX Office or law enforcement, an Advocate can assist you during that process. Advocates do fill out an anonymous report (without any identifying information) that is kept confidentially with the SAVP Office.
SART Advocates can be reached by calling the Campus Response Center (CRC) at (845) 437-7333 and asking to speak to a SART Advocate.
Upon initial contact, SART advocates can:
- Offer resources and referrals that you might use to address personal, medical, psychological, safety, and academic concerns related to the incident.
- Offer to make initial contacts to connect you with resource providers and support services, both on and off campus.
- Clarify distinctions between campus, civil, and criminal adjudication procedures and help you make contact with offices/agencies on or off campus.
- Remain in close contact with the SAVP Director and other SART Advocates to ensure a coordinated, timely, and appropriate support system for you.
Arianna Schlegel, Library
Carollynn Costella, Library
Dayle Rebelein, Staff, Campus Activities
Eva Woods, Faculty
Gretchen Lieb, Library
Lydia Murdoch, Faculty
Nicole Wong, SAVP Office
Tracy Wright-Mauer, Library