- About Us
CARES is a program of the RIT Center for Women and Gender. A group of trained and dedicated volunteers are available 24-hours a day to respond to members of the RIT community that have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence and/or stalking.
A CARES team member is available to provide information, support and advocacy by phone and in person. An on-line reporting system is also available on The Center for Women and Gender's webpage at www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenscenter. You can call or text, the CARES 24-hour hotline number at: 585.295.3533, 7 days a week.
The program is available to any member of the RIT community that has been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence and/or stalking. CARES is gender-inclusive program. Women, men and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to call the hotline for support.
You do not need to file a Public Safety report to receive assistance from CARES. If you decide to file a report with Public Safety, CARES is there.
Interpreters are available to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing community members are served in a timely manner.
The CARES Team can be contacted by phone to provide support and information at any time, day or night. A team member meets with any member of the RIT community who is considering making a report to Public Safety and travels to the Public Safety Department to accompany them. A team member may also travel to another safe location on campus, if a community member is in a crisis related to an incident of sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence and/or stalking and would like a CARES team member present but isn’t comfortable involving Public Safety.