Services to Students

Washburn University Campus Advocate

Providing Victim Advocacy and Case Management
Campus Advocate: Molly Steffes-Herman
Office location: Benton Hall 408B
Phone: 785-670-1415
Email: molly.herman@washburn.edu

Washburn University offers confidential advocacy to all victims of crime in the Washburn community.

What is Victim Advocacy?

The Washburn University Campus Advocate is a trained professional hired to support victims of crime by advocating on their behalf, offering assistance in navigating the criminal justice system, providing emotional support, or simply sharing crime victim rights and reporting options. The Campus Advocate offers these confidential services free of cost to all Washburn University and Washburn Tech students, staff, and faculty.

What does "Confidential" mean?

The Campus Advocate is a confidential person on campus to whom you can talk and ask questions. "Confidential" means that you are able to speak openly about your experiences. Crimes disclosed to the Advocate will not be reported to law enforcement or the University. The Advocate will only disclose information you provide with your permission. There are certain limitations to this confidentiality, however. They include Court and other legal proceedings in which records are subpoenaed; if you suggest you intend to harm yourself or others; and suspected abuse and/or neglect of children and elderly. In addition, if the Advocate suspects a safety risk to the campus community, she is required to report it to campus authorities.

What does the campus Advocate do?

The Campus Advocate may provide a variety of services to victims of crime including assistance with the following:

  • Information on victim rights
  • Information on reporting options
  • Accompaniment to medical assistance
  • Safety planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emotional support
  • Assistance filing protection orders
  • Referral to campus and community resources
  • Case Management

Who can contact the Campus Advocate?

Anyone in the Washburn community is encouraged to contact the Campus Advocate if they feel they need assistance.

Who can receive services from the Campus Advocate?

Services can be accessed by anyone in the Washburn Community.

What can you expect from the Campus Advocate?

When meeting with the victim advocate you can expect to receive empathy, compassion, and confidential support.