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If you or someone you know has experienced interpersonal violence, you may be trying to navigate next steps. Here are a few key places to start.

In the event of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance. 

Confidential Therapeutic and Counseling Support

OASIS is Boone's local domestic and sexual violence resource agency. OASIS hosts 24-hour confidential crisis line which puts you in touch with a staff member for immediate assistance: 1.800.268.1488.

Counseling and Psychological Services provides free confidential mental health counseling and support to Appalachian students. Located on the 1st floor of the Miles Annas Building, the Counseling Center offers emergency and urgent support connecting students with a Counselor On Call: 828.262.3180. 

Counseling for Faculty and Staff provides free confidential mental health counseling and support to Appalachian employees. Located in University Hall, CFS provides short-term services to faculty, staff, and their family members to identify, preent, and address personal, family, and workplace issues. 

Medical Assistance

Those who experience physical harm are encouraged to seek medical attention.

The Watauga Medical Center, located on Deerfield Road in Boone, provides confidential, 24-hour medical care and assistance to all individuals including a medical exam, testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and the preservation of evidence through a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam.

MS Shook Student Health Services is a primary care ambulatory campus health clinic available to Appalachian students. 

OASIS provides Medical Advocates for those seeking additional support and wanting to learn more about what to expect when seeking medical attention.

Requesting Non-Confidential Assistance

For assistance in reporting an incident, reviewing options for redress and support, or to request adjustments or accommodations, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. April Baer, at baerap@appstate.edu. 

Individuals are also encouraged to fill out  this form to request a meeting with the Office of the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator. The form only asks for your name, contact information and to provide times that work best for you to meet. You do not have to describe any details of your situation on this form or during your meeting. This meeting will provide you an opportunity to understand available resources and options. This resource is not considered confidential - depending on what you share, the University's Title IX Coordinator may need to be informed.

If You Choose Not to Report

If you DO NOT want to report to Law Enforcement or the University, you may still want to seek immediate medical attention. Injuries may not be obvious at first. If you do not want to report the sexual assault you can still request to have a forensic exam to be completed. For more information about this exam and options for anonymous submission of evidence visit: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam.

The Title IX Coordinator or the Office of the Dean of Students can speak with you concerning any of these resources and can assist in submitting documentation for a complaint or filing a report.