OPEN’s Sexual Violence Resource Center (SVRC) provides free, confidential, trauma-informed support services to Northeastern students who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or abuse, domestic/dating violence, and/or stalking. We serve students who have been affected personally (whether recently or in the past), and those who are looking for resources to support others.

To schedule an appointment with SVRC staff, fill out this confidential service request form (log in with your Northeastern credentials.)

Please email open@northeastern.edu with any additional questions. OPEN staff monitor service request submissions and email Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and will reply to requests as soon as possible.

 

Our Approach & Services

OPEN staff members at the center provide free, confidential, trauma-informed services. We are here to listen and provide information so that you can make the choices that feel best for you.

WE PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT: Reporting and investigative processes, medical care and forensic evidence collection, rights and interim remedies available to you (eg., no-contact orders, housing changes, academic support), on- and off-campus counseling and resources.

REFERRAL AND ACCOMPANIMENT: Staff will work to understand your needs and get you quickly connected with resources. We can also accompany you to on-campus services like the Office for University Equity & Compliance (Title IX) if desired.

GROUNDING KITS AND TECHNIQUES: Grounding is a technique that can be used to cope with symptoms of trauma. Email to request a kit with supplies like mints, a stress ball, and Play-Doh. Students can pick up Grounding Kits during a meeting with SVRC staff or by filling out this request form. 

 

Confidentiality & Accessibility

The Sexual Violence Resource Center is a confidential resource. Staff are not required to report disclosures of sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation to the Office for University Equity and Compliance (Title IX).

All students have the right to access resources and services. Phone translation services are available in over 200 languages including ASL. SVRC staff will work to accommodate any other accessibility needs.

Common Questions and Quick Links

The Office for University Equity and Compliance (Title IX) is charged with investigating and responding to allegations of sex and gender-based misconduct at Northeastern. If you wish to file a complaint or have questions or concerns, please contact them via phone or email to arrange a meeting. Alternatively, reports can be submitted online at (anonymous option available). To understand more about on-campus reporting options, including a step by step description of the investigation and adjudication process, please see the University Title IX Policy and Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment.

You may also contact the Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) to make a university report or to discuss options for pursuing criminal charges. NUPD is a 24-hour service.

If someone’s health or safety is at risk, call immediately.

If desired, NUPD can act as a liaison with other police departments to investigate incidents that occur off campus. Reporting sex or gender-based misconduct to NUPD does NOT commit you to future legal action.

 

To understand more, please see the Title IX policy and the Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment.  The appendices include a step by step description of the process.

During business hours, University Health and Counseling Services (on campus at 135 Forsyth Building) can provide confidential:

  • Assessment and treatment of physical injury
  • Pregnancy assessment and prevention
  • Evaluation, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections
  • Psychological assessment, brief therapy, and community referrals

Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am-8:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturdays: 12:00 pm -4:00 pm (September-June)
Walk-in appointments available during business hours

Local SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) hospitals can provide evidence collection in addition to medical treatment 24 hours a day. If you have experienced sexual assault, some services can only be accessed in a certain time frame and are best accessed as soon as possible.

Pregnancy prevention: within 72 hours of assault
HIV prophalaxis: within 72 hours of assault
Toxicology screen: within 96 hours of assault
SANE exam: within 120 hours of assault

Nearby SANE hospitals include: Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Cambridge Hospital.

NUPD can provide transportation to local area hospitals.

Regardless of where or when an incident occurred, as a student you have the right to:

  • Report or not report the incident to the police and/or the Title IX Coordinator
  • A no contact order which prohibits university members from direct or indirect communication
  • Discussing options for a judicial restraining order or harassment prevention order through an off-campus district court and/or pursuing criminal charges
  • Move into a temporary safe room
  • Housing relocation
  • Transportation to local hospitals or area courts
  • Academic support, schedule changes or remedies
  • Exploration of emergency or medical leave, if appropriate
  • Confidential medical care and counseling on or off campus

Most faculty and staff are considered “responsible employees” meaning that they are obligated to notify the Title IX Coordinator if they are made aware of an incident of sexual violence.

The following offices are designated as confidential and do not have this reporting obligation:

  • Center for Spirituality Dialogue & Service
  • The Office of Prevention and Education
  • University Health & Counseling Services
  • The Sexual Violence Resource Center
  • The Confidential Resource Advisor

There are some exceptions to confidentiality. Staff within each of these offices can review their policy with you. Examples of times when a staff member will not maintain confidentiality include: 1) When they are given permission to share information by the person who disclosed it; 2) When there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others; 3) When the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18 or of an elder; 4) When otherwise required by law or court order.

Please see Northeastern’s Title IX Policy and the Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, which includes definitions of sexual violence and consent.

You can also read more about consent on our page Learn: Consent.