Free & Confidential Services

The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education (TAC) 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. TAC only reports assaults to authorities with the strict written permission of the victim/survivor. 

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:

Counseling:

  1. 24 hour/7 day Helpline
  2. Telephone or walk-in advocacy services, provide options, or referrals.
  3. Provide a supportive, confidential, and safe environment and respect the survivor’s decision whether or not to report their victimization to appropriate authorities.
  4. Short term crisis counseling/intervention
  5. Provide weekly on-campus support group for University of Minnesota and Augsburg students who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence.
  6. Provide on-going supportive follow-up services

Academics:

  1. Assist in contacting academic faculty/staff/supervisors for academic or work accommodations
  2. Coordinate a change in classroom sections for safety considerations with faculty
  3. Assist (when appropriate) to obtain tuition reimbursements
  4. Coordinate with faculty/security to arrange a change in classroom sections for safety considerations.

Medical:

  1. Accompany to University of Minnesota hospital emergency rooms for evidentiary sexual assault exam, treatment for physical injuries, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  2. Write orders for protection and harassment restraining orders on site and file with appropriate court.
  3. Attend order for protection court hearing with survivor.

Housing:

  1. Arrange for alternate safe housing on or near campus.
  2. Assist to inform proper Housing authorities and Academic/Employee Personnel
  3. Assist students (when appropriate) to obtain residence hall reimbursements

University:

  1. Provide victim/survivor with UMN Victim Rights.
  2. Assist in filing (if applicable) sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking complaints with University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) in conjuction with The Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity and accompany survivors to hearings.
  3. Provide training to internal and external communities relating to issues of all forms of sexual exploitation
  4. Serve as liaison between EOAA, Student Conduct Office, and victim/survivors to facilitate disciplinary proceedings
  5. Accompany victim/survivors to hearing if victim/survivor pursues disciplinary process and agrees to testify.

Legal:

  1. When applicable, assist victim/surivor in applying for Crime Victim Reparations.
  2. Provide referral for appropriate legal options.
  3. 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.
  4. Accompany victim/survivors to court if victim/survivor pursues prosecution and agrees to testify.
  5. Provide on-site assistance with writing restraining orders
  6. Accompany to appropriate County Clerks of Court to obtain Orders for Protection or Harassment Orders.

For more information, see our flowchart of services.