The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) provides free and confidential crisis intervention, advocacy, and support for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual harassment who are University of Michigan students, faculty and staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATE: Currently, all SAPAC appointemnts will be virtual or over the phone. If you are interested in an appointment please fill out a request form here.
Can I walk-in or do I need to make an appointment?
We typically try to make an appointment for your first meeting with a member of the SAPAC Survivor Care Team. For your first appointment at SAPAC, please fill out this request form. If you have questions before completing this, please email us at SAPAC@umich.edu or call our front desk at 734-764-7771.
If this is your first visit to SAPAC and you choose to walk-in without an appointment, we will make every effort to connect you with an advocate as soon as possible. However, an advocate may not be available at that time, and would then not be able to see you immediately. In this case, the person at the front desk will work with you on next steps for setting up an appointment. You always also have the option to call SAPAC’s crisis line at (734) 936-3333 and speak to a confidential advocate by phone immediately.
How do I make an appointment at SAPAC?
For your first appointment at SAPAC, please fill out this request form. If you have questions before completing this, please email us at SAPAC@umich.edu or call our front desk at 734-764-7771. For added convenience, after your first appointment, you may contact your advocate directly.
What can I expect when I arrive at SAPAC for a scheduled appointment?
Most SAPAC appointments will be conducted over Zoom. So when you sign into the meeting, the advocate you are meeting will let you in from the waiting room. If you have requested to use a private space in the SAPAC office, when you arrive you can let the person at the front desk know you are there to use a space for your appointment and they will guide you to the office that you can use for your appointment. From there you can sign in to the Zoom as usual.
What can I expect in my meeting with a SAPAC advocate?
The SAPAC advocate will assess your immediate needs. You are not required to share any information you do not want to share. Survivors and support people come in for a variety of reasons. This includes but is not limited to: assistance in defining an experience, help with emotional processing, guidance in considering options and resources available to you on and off-campus, facilitating academic, medical, legal and housing advocacy and support.
Does SAPAC provide therapy?
No. SAPAC provides crisis intervention, advocacy, support, and referrals to counseling resources. SAPAC assists in connecting clients to resources for therapy within the university and in the community.
Will my information be kept confidential?
Yes. SAPAC is a confidential resource, which means we will not share any information with anyone unless we assess that you are a harm to yourself or others. If you would like your advocate to be able to speak about your situation to anyone else, we would receive your written permission to do so before contacting others.
What can SAPAC help me with?
SAPAC can help you with a variety of requests. SAPAC specializes in legal, academic, medical, and housing advocacy. Examples of what advocacy may look like include, but are not limited to: emotional support and processing, helping you to define your own experiences, speaking with your professors or GSIs to help you receive an extension on a class assignment, providing step by step assistance with Title IX student sexual misconduct process, connecting you with follow-up medical care after an assault, assisting with room and housing relocation, assisting with personal protection order paperwork, and connecting you with a variety of other campus and community resources, including counseling options.
Can I bring a family member or friend to my appointment?
Yes. You are welcome to bring any support person or people with you to your SAPAC appointments.
What if I have an immediate safety need? Can a SAPAC advocate see me right away?
If you are in immediate danger or experiencing an emergency, we urge you to contact the police by calling 911.