The CARES (Campus, Advocacy, Response, and Support) Team is a group of trained and dedicated volunteers available outside of Counseling and Psychological Services business hours to support RIT students that have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, or stalking. CARES advocates are available to confidentially provide information, support, and advocacy by phone or in-person.

To speak with a confidential CARES advocate:

  • Call Counseling and Psychological Services at 585-475-2261 during business hours and ask for a CARES advocate
  • Call or text 585-295-3533 outside of Counseling and Psychological Services business hours and on weekends

CARES Support

After a CARES team member meets with you, we will complete and submit a form to a clinician. We will then contact you soon after with information about additional services. You may accept or decline services and may discontinue services at any time.

CARES is a gender-inclusive and confidential resource available to RIT students. Women, men, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to call the hotline for support. Our services are accessible to individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing.

The CARES team advocate for the identified survivor/complainant in a case. We do not advocate for or serve the accused identified offender. Advocates who assist offenders are available from other sources at RIT. Although anyone involved in a case has the right to an advocate, CARES strictly serves survivors.

A CARES advocate will meet with any RIT student that is considering making a report to Public Safety, and will travel to the Public Safety Department to accompany them. If you decide to file a report with Public Safety, you can still contact CARES for additional support.

You are not required to file a Public Safety report to receive assistance from CARES. If you are not comfortable involving Public Safety, an advocate may travel to another safe location on campus if a student is in a crisis related to an incident of sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, or stalking. We are there to make sure you are aware of your rights, know what services are available to you, and to support you in an understanding, non-judgmental manner.

The CARES Team can be contacted by phone to provide support and information at any time, day or night. During regular business hours, a staff member from Counseling and Psychological Services is available to assist you. After business hours and on weekends, breaks, and holidays, a CARES team member will respond to hotline calls.

CARES Team Members

Amanda Henry
Assistant Director Student Employment
Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Donna Sandlin
Director of Policies and Compliance
Compliance and Ethics
Emily Zaleski
NTID Interpreting Team for NTID, CET, KGCOE, and GIS
Karen Van Meenen
Senior Lecturer
Department of English
Kelsey Wall
Senior Counselor/Academic Advisor
Counseling and Academic Advising Services
Nancy Kikendall
Associate Interpreter
Interpreting Team for SCB and GCCIS
Nicole Lupinetti
NTID Interpreting Team for NTID, CET, KGCOE, and GIS
Gina Reeder
Senior Staff Specialist
Academic Success Center
Neha Sood
Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability
Office of the President
Hanna Hoekman
Interpreting Coordinator
Interpreting Team for CAD
Karen Liljequist
Senior Manager Research and Instruction Services
The Wallace Center - Research and Instruction Services
md Abdullah al Faruque
Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety
Susanne Scheg
Financial Reporting Analyst/Tax
Treasury and Financial Reporting Services
Jen Connelly
Senior Lecturer
School of Physics and Astronomy
Michael Laver
Associate Dean
Dean’s Office

Community Resources

If you’d like to seek additional support, there are various resources available to RIT students in the community for sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, and stalking.

RESTORE - Sexual Assault Awareness

Willow Domestic Violence Center

Out Alliance

National Domestic Violence Hotline for Women and Men
1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ+ youth