Content | Navigation |

Get Help

Medical / Immediate Help

It is strongly encouraged but not required that sexual assault victims seek medical attention following an assault. While some injuries may be immediately apparent others such as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), pregnancy, or internal injuries may be harder to detect. Victims may go to the emergency room for immediate medical care including STI testing, emergency contraception or a forensic medical exam (forensic exam).  Some medications, such as emergency contraception, are most effective when administered as soon as possible. A forensic exam is most effective the sooner it is performed but may be performed up to 96 hours after the assault. A forensic exam is performed by a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) with the goal of preserving physical evidence and assessing the victim for injuries. A victim may receive an STI check, or emergency contraception without participating in a forensic exam.

The emergency facilities at both Sanford Health and Essentia Health have on-call SANEs to assist victims.  Please note: According to Sanford Health, “SANEs are required under N.D. law to report to local law enforcement sexual assaults which may have caused injury. However, the victim has the right to choose to have evidence collected and to decide whether to cooperate with law enforcement by providing information.”

If you're interested in having a forensic exam:

  • It's best not to shower, bath, wash your hands, eat, drink or brush your teeth. 
  • If possible, place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag (no plastic).
  • Leave the area where the assault occurred undisturbed.

Speaking with police is always your choice. If you are unsure if you would like to report to police, a forensic exam may be helpful should you decide later. 

If you decide to go to the emergency room, an advocate will be dispatched from Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, the Fargo/Moorhead area center that works with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The advocate is a trained volunteer or staff member whose focus is solely on the survivor. Advocates are trained to support survivors and help them better understand the myriad of options available following an assault. Speaking with an advocate is completely voluntary and always the survivors choice.

**If you are not in the Fargo/Moorhead area a list of hospitals that perform forensic exams in North Dakota can be found HERE

Emotional Support

If you or someone you know have been impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking or sexual harassment you are not alone. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to react to a traumatic event. An individual’s response to sexual assault or relationship violence varies widely from person to person. Likewise, some survivors may wish to seek counseling immediately following an assault, while others may wait to seek help. Only you can determine when you are ready. Going to counseling for the first time can be scary but many survivors find it helpful.

When you are ready, NDSU and the Fargo/Moorhead area have many staff members and organizations who are committed to supporting survivors. Below are just a few options available.

NDSU Counseling Center
“The mission of the Counseling Center is to encourage individuals to develop their unique potential by providing services and programs in a supportive environment.”
Counseling Center services are free and confidential for all NDSU students.

212 Ceres Hall
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (summer/holidays 7:30am - 4:00pm)
701-231-7671 (available 24-hours)

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
“To offer crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and education to all persons affected by sexual and domestic violence and to provide prevention programs to create a society free of personal abuse.”
All RACC services are free and confidential to anyone impacted by intimate partner violence. 

317 8th St. North
Fargo, ND 58102
1-800-344-7273 (available 24-hours)

The Village Family Service Center
”The mission of The Village Family Service Center is to strengthen individuals we serve through regional community behavioral health services.” 

1201 25th St. S., P.O. Box 9859
Fargo, ND 58106


According to NDSU Policy Manual Section 162 students who have experienced sexual violence, dating/domestic violence or stalking are able to receive several accommodations to “stop, prevent, and remedy the harm to those affected by the prohibited conduct.” Accommodations may be temporary or long-term. Accommodations include changes to housing, a no contact directive, and changes to class schedule, work schedule, parking modifications, referrals or other reasonable accommodations. More information about accommodations can be found in Section 8 of NDSU Policy 162: Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Misconduct, and Title IX Policy 

For more information about how to request an accommodation:

Equity/Title IX Office

   701-231-7708  Old Main, 201
Sexual Assault Prevention 
and Advocacy Coordinator*

   701-231-5733  Wallman Wellness Center, 102
Student Rights and

*Confidential Resource
   701-231-6560  Memorial Union, 250

Please note: to receive an accommodation a complaint must be made to the university but you do not have to consent to a formal university or criminal investigation.

No Contact Order

In many cases a survivor may want to formalize that their perpetrator is not to contact them. A No Contact Order prohibits written, verbal, physical contact.  Students may file for a No Contact Order with either Student Affairs or Residence Life and may be issued whether or not there is a formal investigation. A No Contact Order is not an indication of responsibility for violation of university policy. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy Coordinator as well as the Equity Office are able to assist in a student in requesting a No Contact Order but neither office reviews nor issues the orders.  

No Contact Orders can be issued by either Student Affairs or Residence Life. To request a No Contact Order contact Emily Frazier in Student Rights and Responsibilities at or Jason Medders in Residence Life at

Click Here for more information on No Contact Orders


What does the advocate do?

  • The advocate’s focus is on supporting the survivor and easing the burden of violence. Advocates are confidential resources that provide information, both on and off campus referrals, emotional support and assist with navigating reporting systems and paperwork. The advocate can be present throughout Title IX investigations. Working with an advocate is always the survivors choice.

Advocacy Is:   

  • Trauma Informed. Advocates understand the impact of trauma on all aspects on a survivor’s life.
  • Always the survivor’s choice. Advocacy should work toward empowering survivors and giving voice to those impacted by violence. We are not here to tell you what to do, but to help you understand your options so you can make the decision that works best for you.
  • Confidential. Survivors should be able to tell their story on their own terms only when they are ready. 

Advocacy Is Not:

  • Advocacy is not therapy. While it is not mandatory, survivors are encouraged to look into therapy/counseling in addition to their work with an advocate.
  • Advocacy is not medical advice. While an advocate can help survivors understand their options, they cannot provide medical advice.
  • Advocacy is not legal advice. An advocate is not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice. 

Off-Campus Resources

Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC)


218 W Broadway, Bismarck


Bismarck Police Department


700 S 9th Street, Bismarck


EAP (The Village)


1201 25th Street S, Fargo


Essentia Emergency Center


3000 32nd Avenue S, Fargo


F-M Rape and Abuse Crisis Center


317 8th Street N, Fargo


Fargo Area Law Enforcement (RRRDC)


300 NP Avenue Suite 206, Fargo


Fargo Cass Public Health


1240 25th Street S, Fargo




4357 13th Avenue S Suite 107L, Fargo


Legal Services of North Dakota


112 N University Suite 220, Fargo


Planned Parenthood


803 Belsey Blvd, Moorhead


Sanford Emergency Center


5225 23rd Avenue S, Fargo


Southeast Human Services


2624 9th Avenue S, Fargo


On-Campus Resources

Counseling Center* (24/7 phone)


Ceres Hall 212

Faculty and Scholar Immigration


Old Main 201

International Student and Study ABroad Services


Memorial Union 116

Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy*


Wallman Wellness Center 102

Student Affairs


Memorial Union 250

Student Health Service*


Wallman Wellness Center 102

Title IX Coordinator/Equity Office


Old Main 201

University Police and Safety Office


University Police and Safety 102




*Confidential Resource



Online Resources

General Resources

Catcalling / Street Harassment

Survivors with Disabilities

LGBTQ+ Survivors

Male Survivors


Native / Indigenous Survivors

 Online Chat

Revenge Porn / Non-Consentual Pornography / Cyber Crimes


State Wide Coalitions


Don’t see what you’re looking for or that we missed a great resource? Email to talk about getting it added to the list! 

NDSU Police - 701.231.8998 NDSU Counseling Center 24-hour On Call Service - 701.231.7671   
NDSU Student Health Service - 701.231.7331Rape and Abuse Crisis Center FM - 701.293.7273    
RAINN Hotline - 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)Crisis Text Line - Text 'Home' to 741741   
National Dating Abuse Helpline - Text 'Lovels' to 22522     



Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

Follow NDSU
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Google Maps


North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7331/ Fax: (701) 231-6132
Campus address: Wallman Wellness Center 102
Physical/delivery address: 18th Street and Centennial Blvd., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2842 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Site manager

Last Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:55:40 PM
Privacy Statement