Get Help Now Emergency Resources for Students
- W&L Student Health Center: 540.458.8401
Your concern will be assessed by a nurse who can contact the on-call physician or the counselor on-call if needed.
For immediate help or safety concerns
- W&L Public Safety: 540.458.8999
- Dial 911
For immediate medical or psychological care
- Get somewhere safe. You may come to the Student Health Center at any time 24/7 for safety and support. Contact someone who can help you (a friend, police, parents or victim-advocate agency).
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible after sexual assault or abuse. Even if you do not want to report the assault to the police, you may have injuries or health risks that need medical attention.
- If you wish to pursue physical evidence collection for possible prosecution you should not shower, brush your teeth, eat, drink or change your clothes, in order to preserve the most evidence. A forensic examination for physical evidence collection must be performed by a trained forensic nurse examiner, and should be completed as soon as possible. Even if you have eaten or showered, some physical evidence can still be collected up to 72-120 hours (3-5 days) after an assault.
- Student Health Center: 540.458.8401
For a safe place and access to information about resources, next steps and campus-based medical and counseling services and support.
- Project Horizon: 24-hour crisis hotline 540.463.2594. 120 Varner Lane, Lexington, VA
For community-based advocacy, services and support for those affected by dating, domestic and sexual violence.
- Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital: 1 Health Circle, Lexington, VA. 540.458.3300
For STI evaluation/treatment and pregnancy prevention only; this facility does not offer sexual assault forensic evidence collection. Public Safety can assist with transportation.
- Augusta Health: 78 Medical Center Drive, Fishersville, VA. 540.332.4423
The closest hospital ER where a sexual assault forensic evidence collection exam can be done. Project Horizon and/or Public Safety can assist with transportation, which may be coordinated through the Student Health Center.
- Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, 1906 Belleview Ave., Roanoke, VA. 540.981.7000
Another regional hospital ER where a sexual assault forensic evidence collection exam can be done. Project Horizon and/or Public Safety can assist with transportation, which may be coordinated through the Student Health Center.
Changes in four basic physical signs indicate an emergency situation. If one of these signs is out of normal range, call 911 immediately. If vital signs are slowing, do not wait - get emergency help! Remember CUPS:
- Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
- Unconscious or unable to be roused
- Puking repeatedly or uncontrollably
- Slow or irregular breathing (8 or fewer breaths/minute)
- University Counseling Center: 540.458.8590
- After Hours Emergency Counselor-on-Call: 540.458.8401
- Crisis Text Line: Text "GO" to 741-741 (free, 24/7, confidential)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- Rockbridge Area Community Services Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline: 1-855-222-2046
- Faculty, staff, family, or friends concerned about the mental health of a student may contact University Counseling for advice.
- For information about signs and symptoms of suicidal behavior or for information about helping a friend in crisis, please visit our health library resources at go.wlu.edu/healthlibrary.
- If you are worried about a student who refuses to seek help, consider contacting the Dean of Students, who has the authority to act to preserve the safety of the student, or others.
- Public Safety Office: 540.458.8999.
If you are being stalked, threatened, or have concerns about your personal safety, the Public Safety Office can offer assistance and get you home safely.
- Traveller: 540.458.8900
If you need a safe ride, Traveller can dispatch a vehicle to get you home.
Use the anonymous on-line crime reporting form to report bias based or "hate crimes." The link also allows the anonymous reporting of other crimes including hazing and will assist in the annual Campus Security Act (Clery Act) reporting required by law. Information submitted via this link goes only to Public Safety. The identity of the reporting party will not be available to Public Safety or any other office in the University. Public Safety will make every effort to investigate the report, though in some cases it may be difficult to conduct a thorough investigation based only on an anonymous complaint.