Free & Confidential Services

The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education is a safe and confidential place for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking to receive support and advocacy. It is always the victim's/survivor’s decision whether or not to report the incident to the police or to university conduct officers.

The following is a list of service options that are provided at no cost to all University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty who are victims/survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Many of these services can also be provided to concerned persons:

  1. Help line operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year: 612-626-9111.
  2. Provide a supportive, confidential, and safe environment and respect the survivor’s decision whether or not to report their victimization to appropriate authorities.
  3. Telephone or walk-in referral service.
  4. Telephone or walk-in short-term individual advocacy services including legal advocacy.
  5. Accompaniment to University of Minnesota hospital emergency room for evidentiary sexual assault exam, treatment for physical injuries, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  6. Arrange for alternate safe housing on the University of Minnesota campus.
  7. When requested, assist victim/survivor to inform proper housing authorities and academic personnel.
  8. Assist student in contacting professors should the crime affect the survivor’s academic work.
  9. If the victim chooses to make a police report, TAC will serve as the liaison between the police department and victim to facilitate reporting of the crime.
  10. If the survivor pursues prosecution and agrees to testify, accompany victim/survivor to court.
  11. Write orders for protection and harassment restraining orders on site and file with appropriate court.
  12. Attend order for protection court hearing with survivor.
  13. Assist in filing (if applicable) sexual harassment complaints with University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
  14. Assist in filing (if applicable) complaints to The Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity and accompany survivors to hearings.
  15. Provide victim with Victim Bill of Rights and assist, when applicable, in applying for Crime Victim Reparations.
  16. Provide referral for appropriate legal options.
  17. Provide on-going supportive follow-up services.
  18. Assist students, when appropriate, to obtain tuition and residence hall reimbursements.
  19. Coordinate with faculty to arrange a change in classroom sections for safety considerations.
  20. Provide on-campus support group for University of Minnesota students who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence.

For more information, see our flowchart of services.