SAIV-RT Members

SAIV-RT Members

The Sexual Assault & Interpersonal Violence Response Team, often abbreviated as SAIV-RT, is a multi-disciplinary team designated to respond to reports and disclosures of interpersonal violence, including but not limited to sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment. Initiated by the Division of Student Affairs, the SAIV-RT works to provide care to victims of all forms of interpersonal violence. Resources are committed to providing assistance that is culturally-sensitive and affirming to our diverse clientele, which includes students of color, students with disabilities, international students, students of all sexual orientations and gender identities, student veterans, and students from all socioeconomic backgrounds with varying religious/spiritual beliefs.

The SAIV Response Team

Coordinated by the Women’s Center Director, Starsheemar Byrum Taylor, SAIV-RT provides an efficient and supportive response to victims. Through SAIV-RT, the campus community has many safe and supportive resources including confidential options to report sexual assault and to receive assistance, medical help, counseling, advocacy, and academic intervention following a sexual assault. All members of the SAIV-RT will use discretion and honor confidentiality to the best of their ability. * These members are empowered by law to maintain confidentiality.

Contact: Starsheemar Byrum, Director of the Women’s Center, Coordinator of the SAIV-RT
Services: Starsheemar provides advocacy, supportive services including accompaniment during reporting and investigations, information and referral services to survivors of past, present or attempted: intimate partner violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. The Student Ambassadors of the Women’s Center provide supportive services to all students through special events, interactive workshops, guest-lectures, and panel discussions.
Location: Student Center, Room 116
Phone 1: 860-465-4314
Phone 2: 860-465-4313
Contact: Lisa Hamilton, Police Sergeant at the Eastern Police Department
Services: Lisa is responsible for all criminal investigations and apprehensions. In cases of relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking, she will assign an officer to be the primary contact with the victim throughout the investigation. The Eastern Police Department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be contacted anonymously through the confidential hotline at 860-465-0242.
Location: Public Safety Building, 44 Charter Oak Road, Room 205
Phone: 860-465-5310
Contact: Chris Ambrosio, Interim Director of the Office of Student Conduct
Services: Chris handles reports of violations of the Student Code of Conduct and provides advisement to both parties involved. Students may initiate a report, if they experience interpersonal violence, against a student or a student group through this office.
Location: Wood Hall, Room 240
Phone: 860-465-0063
Contact: Dr. Joseph Cherepon, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services *
Services: Joe directs and oversees CAPS and works with therapists and counseling staff at CAPS to provide both immediate crisis intervention and therapy to victims of interpersonal violence including but not limited to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Even if the incident happened prior to the victim’s time at Eastern, these staff members can still provide counseling and psychological services to those who need it. Counseling staff can be accessed by appointment.
Location: CAPS Building, 192 High Street, Room 110
Phone: 860-465-5779
Contact: Jane Neu, Associate Director of Student Health Services *
Services: Jane provides accessible health services and follow-up care for current students who are victims of violence. She can conduct testing for STIs and pregnancy, and can provide emergency contraception if requested. Physicians and nurses can be accessed by appointment. For urgent care and medical emergencies, call 911.
Location: Health Services Building, 185 Birch Street, Room 102
Phone: 860-465-5263


These resources collaborate with the SAIV-RT of Eastern Connecticut State University, but are not part of campus. They still maintain confidentiality. Information is kept strictly confidential and will not be released, under any circumstances, without the written consent of the student or employee.

Contact: Victim Advocates at SACCEC *
Services:
The Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut is a private, non-profit agency offering free and confidential, comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and abuse. SACCEC is a member center of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS), the statewide coalition of sexual assault crisis agencies. Advocates are available 24/7. Information is kept strictly confidential and will not be released, under any circumstances, without the written consent of the student or employee.
Location: 90 South Park Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone 1: 860-456-2789
Phone 2: 1-888-999-5545
Contact: Victim Advocates at United Services Inc. *
Services:
United Services Inc. provides domestic violence shelters and services throughout Northeastern Connecticut. The Domestic Violence Program offers an array of services designed for families to become free of abuse. Advocates are available 24/7. Information is kept strictly confidential and will not be released, under any circumstances, without the written consent of the student or employee.
Location:
132 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone 1:
860-774-8648
Phone 2: 860-456-9476
Contact: The Staff at OVS
Services: The Office of Victim Services is the state’s leading agency in providing supportive services to victims of violent crimes, such as stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and homicide. Services include, crime victim compensation, court-based victim advocates, toll-free helplines, community education and training programs, and sexual assault forensic examinations.
Location: 225 Spring Street, Fourth Floor, Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 1-800-822-8428


The SAIV Resource Team

The Sexual Assault Resource Team provides assessments and safety planning along with the assistance and support of the Response Team. The Resource Team also  helps to provide outreach programming and  educational materials to the larger Eastern campus community. All members of the SAIV-RT will use discretion and honor confidentiality to the best of their ability. * These members are empowered by law to maintain confidentiality.

Contact: Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Vice President of the Office of Equity & Diversity, Title IX Coordinator
Services: Stacey investigates complaints made by any Eastern employees or students who believe themselves to be harmed by sexual harassment and interpersonal violence. Students may initiate action against administrators, faculty, and staff through this office. In addition, he investigates Title IX complaints against the university and complaints of retaliation related to Title IX violations.
Location: Gelsi Young Hall, Room 255
Phone: 860-465-5791
Contact: Michelle Delaney, Interim Dean of Students
Services: Michelle assists victims with academic and personal concerns that arise after an incident of interpersonal violence or sexual harassment. Along with other student services, Michelle supervises Student Affairs units including the Intercultural Center, the Pride Room and the Women’s Center.
Location:
Gelsi Young Hall, Room 222
Phone: 860-465-5244
Contact: LaMar Coleman, Director of Housing and Residential Life
Services: LaMar provides students impacted by interpersonal violence with alternatives to on-campus residential living. Overseeing the residence halls, he works to ensure that all Hall Directors, Resident Assistants and Office Assistants receive ongoing training on the issues of interpersonal violence. Accommodations managed by him include providing relocation and on-campus temporary living arrangements.
Location:
Wood Hall, Room 243
Phone: 860-465-0072
Contact: Amy Coffey, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences
Services: Amy meets the educational needs of students impacted by interpersonal violence. She serves as liaison to the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Professional Studies, and faculty in all academic departments. She addresses the unique needs of victim-survivors, such as academic support, the need for make-up exams, extensions on deadlines for class withdrawal or credit/no credit, and the coordination of withdrawal from the university.
Location: Webb Hall, Room 263
Phone: 860-465-5383
Father Larry LaPointe, Catholic Minister at the Interfaith Campus Ministry *
Services: Father Larry engages in all aspects of faith life on campus and provides support to those who may have experienced interpersonal violence. He can discuss reporting options, available resources, and rights. Information is kept strictly confidential and will not be released, under any circumstances, without the written consent of the student or employee.
Location:
Newman Hall, 290 Prospect Street
Phone: 860-423-0856


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