Resources for Law Center Students
If interested in reporting an act of sexual misconduct to the University, click here for reporting information.
If unsure of where to start, start with a confidential counselor from CAPS or Health Education Services (HES).
If you are the survivor of a sexual assault, many medical options are available to you on and off campus. An individual may choose to seek medical services at any time. However, for evidence collection, disease and STI prevention, and better medical care, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Confidential counselors are available to speak with you about all of your options.
Urgent medical care is available from any hospital emergency room, a private medical doctor, or a clinic. As the home of the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners Program, MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. provides the most comprehensive care for survivors of sexual assault and, if possible, should be the first place survivors visit for medical care.
If you choose to seek medical care, consider taking the clothes that you were wearing at the time of the assault with you to the hospital in a paper bag. Avoid storing the clothes in a plastic bag in order to preserve evidence. You should also bring a change of clothes.
Confidential counselors at Georgetown University are always available to talk about the options and resources available to you.
DC Forensic Nurse Examiners Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Emergency Department
110 Irving St, Washington, D.C.
To access all services of the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners (including a free Uber ride, if needed) you can call or text the DC Victim Hotline (24/7) | 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732)
D.C. Forensic Nurse Examiners Program (9:00 am -5:00 pm, M-F) | (202) 742-1736
As the home of the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners Program, MedStar Washington Hospital Center provides access to free forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault:
- Evidence collection by nurses with specialized training
- STI testing and treatment
- Support services provided by victim advocates
- Referrals to counseling and crime victim compensation
- Follow-up care
Georgetown University Student Health Center
Student Health Center
120 F Street, NW
Gewirz Student Center
Lower Level, Suite LL102
Washington, DC 20001
For medical care following an assault or follow-up care, you can make an appointment with Student Health during regular office hours.
If you are in a life-threatening situation, call the police immediately.
- Main campus: call 202-687-4343 to reach the Georgetown University Police Department
- Law Center: call 202-662-9325 to reach the Georgetown Law Department of Public Safety
- SCS: call 202-907-3061 to reach Emergency Assistance at SCS-640 Mass Ave
- Off-campus: call 911 to reach the Metropolitan Police Department
The police can provide protection from the assailant and can collect evidence and testimony for criminal charges.
To talk through whether these options would be helpful, please contact Georgetown’s confidential counselors.
Georgetown Law Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Click here for more information on how to file a report with the Georgetown Law Department of Public Safety.
Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
MPD provides police, fire, and emergency medical services. MPD can also conduct criminal investigations if requested.
Please note that if a survivor wishes to pursue a criminal action, MPD must be notified. GUPD may assist in notifying MPD at the individual’s request.
GUPD and MPD systems operate independently. GUPD strives to act consistently with an individual’s wishes and typically will not report to MPD unless there is an imminent safety concern.
The filing of an incident report with GUPD or a criminal complaint with MPD will not preclude individuals from pursuing the other option. If both options are pursued, the investigations will proceed simultaneously, as best as possible.
The people listed below are professional counselors who can help with crisis intervention and counseling services, including assistance in accessing medical care, student and/or criminal judicial systems, safety planning, academic assistance, support groups, and housing relocation. All services are confidential and most are free of charge.
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison (SARVL)
Sarah Stanley I firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) (Law Center)
Dr. Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D.
Gewirz Center, Suite 110A
(202) 661-6585 | email@example.com
After hours, call (833) 960-3006 to reach Fonemed, a telehealth service; individuals can ask for the on-call CAPS clinician
Poulton Hall, Suite 101
1437 37th St. N.W.
Main Campus: Ground Floor, East Side of Darnall Hall
If you have urgent mental health concerns, you can call the Main Campus at (202) 687-6985 and press “1” to speak with a clinician at any time. Alternatively, you can call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Ordained Clergy (i.e. Brahmachari, Fr., Imam, Rabbi, or Rev.)
Within the Office of Campus Ministry, ordained clergy, acting in their pastoral roles, are fully confidential; this includes both Chaplains in Residence and Jesuits in Residence when acting in their pastoral roles. Individuals in those roles do not report any information to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator or the University’s Title IX Coordinator. They must, however, appropriately report any safety concerns as required by their professional licenses (child abuse, elder abuse, harm to self or others, etc.). Since identifying information has not been shared, there is no outreach to the student from the Office of Title IX Compliance.
All chaplains and staff members, other than ordained clergy, in the Office of Campus Ministry are considered semi-confidential (ordained clergy acting in their pastoral roles are fully confidential). Individuals in those roles report non-identifying information to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Names and other identifying information will be kept confidential. Since identifying information has not been shared, there is no outreach to the student from the Office of Title IX Compliance.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE (24/7 hotline)
RAINN’s on-line hotline provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual assault and their families.
DC Rape Crisis Center
(202) 333-RAPE (24/7 hotline)
DC Rape Crisis Center offers services that help survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence including crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.
Interim Supportive Measures
A confidential counselor or the Title IX Coordinator can work with an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct to provide interim supportive measures, understand reporting options, and help coordinate reasonable protective measures to help prevent any detrimental acts related to the allegations of misconduct and provide a safe educational and work environment.
Please Note: Requests for interim supportive measures can be made whether or not you decide to file a complaint with the University or with the police. The range of interim supportive measures varies and may include the following actions at the discretion of the University based on the circumstances.
Potential Interim Supportive Measures For Students:
- No-contact notices (similar to a restraining order)
- Modification of class schedules
- Alternate housing arrangements
- Academic modifications (such as paper extensions and alternative test dates)
- Georgetown police escort | call (202) 687-4343
- General safety planning