How and when to report
If you have experienced sexual violence, there are a number of ways to report the incident and multiple channels for obtaining information, assistance and support to ensure your health and safety, both physical and emotional.
To support our community of students, faculty and staff, Webster University offers resources through the Counseling and Life Development Office. If you are experiencing personal issues, please know that we are here to help. For support, call the office at 314-968-7030 or visit the Counseling and Life Development Staff webpage.
The Title IX Office offers annual trainings for new students, faculty, and staff. As part of Webster’s commitment to providing a harassment free learning environment, all new students will need to complete an online sexual harassment awareness and training course. This course provides students with information on University resources and presents bystander intervention techniques. Undergraduate and Graduate Students will receive email communications with information to access the training.
New undergraduate students who enroll in Webster will automatically be enrolled in the course approximately one week after classes commence for the term.
All new graduate students are required to complete a similar non-credit, online course. New graduate students will automatically be enrolled in the graduate student version of the course approximately one week after classes begin for the term in which they join the Webster community.
Additional programming opportunities will be provided at the Webster Groves campus.
All Webster University employees are required to complete the annual SafeColleges Title IX Training. The training takes about 30 minutes to complete. You will receive an invitation to participate in the SafeColleges Training through an email communication. Questions may be directed to email@example.com. There is also more information about reporting to responsible employees in our policy.
In addition to the annual online training through SafeColleges, the Title IX team offers personalized training sessions for faculty and staff. If you are interested in scheduling a training session, please submit a scheduling request or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more *details.
*Scheduling requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the requested training date.
To support our community of students, faculty, and staff, Webster University offers resources through the Counseling and Life Development Office. If you are experiencing personal issues, please know that we are here to help. For support, call the office at 314-968-7030 or visit the Counseling and Life Development Staff webpage.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. There is a hotline available at 800-656-4673. For more information and online support, please visit their website at rainn.org.
The Women's Center 24-hour Crisis Hotline
This organization offers 24-hour hotline support. To call the hotline, dial 817-927-2737. For more information and online support, please visit womenscentertc.org.
This agency offers a 24-hour crisis helpline, individual therapy, prevention education, classes, workshops and social groups. To call the hotline, dial 314-531-2003. For more information and online support, please visit safeconnections.org.
ALIVE is an acronym for Alternatives to Living In Violent Environments. It offers counseling, emergency shelter, and other critical services to domestic abuse survivors and their children. A 24-hour crisis line is available by calling their toll-free phone number at 800-941-9144. You may also visit alivestl.org for more information.
Loveisrespect was the first 24-hour resource for teens who were experiencing dating
violence and abuse and is the only teen helpline serving all of the United States
and its territories. Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy
to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We
also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers,
counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential
phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365. Visit https://www.loveisrespect.org/ for more information.
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Pregnant on Campus
Being a parent and a student is difficult but possible. Whether you are pregnant or
parenting, you do not have to sacrifice your educational and personal goals! This
website is designed for you– the pregnant or parenting student. You are not alone. We’re here to help. Visit https://pregnantoncampus.org/resources-for-students/ for more information.
Each party is required to have an advisor whose purpose will be to provide cross-examination at the hearing. An advisor is not required to be an attorney providing legal representation to the party. No prior training or qualification is necessary for a person to serve as a provided advisor. The Title IX Office provides training to advisors prior to participating in the role. Parties retain the opportunity to select their own advisor of choice. If a party does not exercise that opportunity then Webster University will provide an advisor of the University’s own choosing, to that party, merely for the purpose of relaying the party’s cross-examination questions to the other party and witnesses so that a party never personally conducts cross-examination.
The role of the advisor is also one of emotional support. The right to an advisor is extended so that the complainant or respondent can identify someone that they want to assist them with navigating and understanding the investigation process, including providing support during each portion of the process and accompany the party to any meeting or interview that is associated with the investigation process. The advisor may not be someone who is intending to provide witness testimony to the allegations. An advisor may not speak or act on behalf of a complainant or respondent, including answering questions on their behalf; stand in for, or represent a party; disseminate by any medium or form any information shared or learned throughout the investigation process with anyone other than the complainant or respondent for whom they serve as an advisor, or the Title IX Officer; act as or represent themselves or another as an investigator for the Title IX process during the investigation process; contact a witness or other party participating in the investigation process; or impede the investigation process or act in a manner that obstructs the investigator or disrupts the investigation process.
If you are interested in being an advisor for a complainant or respondent, please email the Title IX Office at email@example.com.
Sexual Offense Advocate (University level)
Samantha Sipple is the Webster University Sexual Offense Advocate. She may be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by mobile phone at 314-422-4651.
St. Louis Area Support
The Sexual Offense Advocate can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by mobile phone at 314- 422-4651, through Public Safety at 314 968-6911 or 314 968-7430, or during office hours in the Counseling and Life Development Office at 314-968-7030.
Additional phone resources:
- YWCA: 314-726-6665
- Health Services: 314-246-4207
- St. Mary's Hospital: 314-768-8000
- Safe Connections: 314-531-2003
- St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Victim's Services Division: 314-615-4872
- St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Victim Services: 314-622-4373
- St. Louis County Law Enforcement: 314-889-2341
- St. Louis City Law Enforcement: 314-231-1212
- Webster University Public Safety Emergency Number: 314-968-6911
- Webster University Non-Emergency Number: 314-968-7430
- Webster University Title IX Coordinator: 314-246-7780
- ALIVE 24-Hour Crisis Line St. Louis: 314-993-2777
- St. Louis Men's Clinic: 314-942-8880
- MO Safe at Home: 1-866-509-1409
This club brings awareness to the Webster community about domestic violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence.
The Title IX Office has many plans for the academic year to bring interesting programming and education, and ally support to survivors of sexual or gender-based violence. If you are interested in learning more or joining, please contact Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Lori Watson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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