An advocate provides emotional support and information to anyone who has experienced sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.

Advocates provide a safe, confidential space for a survivor to talk about what happened, what the survivor is feeling, and help empower the survivor to navigate the path to healing.

Advocates know about the different offices, services, or reporting processes that are available to survivors and can help explain how each may be helpful so that the survivor can make informed decisions.

Experiencing sexual or interpersonal violence can make succeeding in school very difficult. In collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, the SARP Office can work with you and your faculty to help you continue to be safe and successful at school and complete your education.

Some academic options may include:

  • Authorized absences to make a police report or get a forensic exam
  • Communication with faculty to request flexibility and grace with deadlines or attendance policies

Additional options may be available, depending on your specific academic and personal situation. Visit the SARP Specialist to talk about what you need and we will do our best to assist you.


No matter how you wish to proceed, our primary concern is your safety and well-being.  The SARP Office can help you take steps to keep yourself physically and emotionally safe through a process called Safety Planning. A safety plan can help you think about the available resources and options and develop a plan to keep you safe in both the short and long term.

To make a Safety Plan with the SARP Specialist, please make an appointment or just drop by whenever you are comfortable. The SARP Office is in the Health & Recreation Complex, Room 119.

If you are not ready to meet with the SARP Specialist, you can learn more about Safety Planning.

If it is safe for you to download onto your phone, there is also a free Safety Plan app for your smartphone.

View the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The purpose of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at Butler University is to establish and improve upon protocols for victim response and treatment, create a plan to help survivors through the maze of community services available to them, and use the experience of survivors to improve upon those services.

Members of the SART include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual Assault Response Prevention Office
  • Butler University Police Department
  • Student Health Services
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Student Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Residential Life

View a PDF list services available from the offices, programs, and departments on the SART.