Academic or Financial Support
How can I get support around my academics?
Often experiences of violence make it hard to pay attention or even go to class, concentrate on homework, and more. Sometimes you are able to ask for extensions or flexibility from your professors.
If you feel comfortable, you are always welcome and encouraged to communicate with your professor(s) directly. Keep in mind-- all faculty are responsible reporters, meaning they are required to share what you tell them about sexual or other violence with the Office of Equal Opportunity. If you don't want that to happen, you can either choose not to share specifics of why you need some flexibility or you can use PARC to protect your privacy.
Similarly, you can also talk to your academic advisor. Especially if you need flexibility with more than one course, your academic advisor can support you by communicating with them on your behalf. Like faculty, academic advisors are required to share with the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Speaking with a professional staff member at PARC is the only guarantee that your information will not be shared with the Office of Equal Opportunity (unless you would like it to be!). With your written permission, PARC can reach out to your academic advisor to ask for the flexibility you need without sharing any details about what is going on with you.
How can I get financial support?
Depending on what you need financial help with, PARC may be able to cover the cost for you or help you access another fund that can. PARC has access to some donations that can be used to cover emergency expenses such as transportation to and from the hospital or off-campus counseling, replacing items lost or damaged during violence, and other relatively small expenses.
For larger expenses, you may consider applying for Victim's Compensation funds from the state. Victim's Comp can cover medical costs, counseling costs, and much more. However, you are required to have reported to the police in order to be eligible.
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