Ensure you are safe.
911 (non-emergency: 507-645-4477)
If you are in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call Carleton Security or Northfield Police. Security can respond to an ongoing situation, provide a safety escort, drive you to the hospital, contact 911, and/or contact the on-call Dean or Student Health and Counseling Counselor. You will be asked your name and number so that the dean or counselor can call you directly. If you are uncomfortable giving your name, a friend or support person can call for you.
Area Directors and RAs
Your Area Director or RA can also help you get immediate care. Friday and Saturday nights, every on-campus residence has an RA on duty. The duty phone numbers are posted on the first floor of each residential building.
Friends and Support People
You may also want to call a trusted friend or support person to be with you or to help you find a safe place.
Seek medical care.
If you have experienced sexual assault, it is important to seek appropriate medical attention.
Available to help you 24 hours a day with the following:
- Provide a full range of medical care following an assault, including testing for the presence of date rape drugs, treatment of physical trauma, pregnancy prevention, and STI testing/treatment.
- Request trained “Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Nurse” to perform an evidentiary exam to collect evidence up to 7 days following an assault. This evidence can be used in legal proceedings, although getting the examination done does not obligate you to file a complaint.
They can be reached at:
- Northfield Hospital (main number): 507-646-1000
- Emergency Room: 507-646-1100
- 2000 North Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057
- Northfield Hospital website
If you require transportation to an off-campus clinic or hospital, you may contact Carleton Security or utilize Northfield Transit or Taxi Services. Carleton Security can provide you with a taxi voucher 24/7.
Student Health and Counseling Medical Staff (SHAC)
SHAC can help you during normal business hours:
- Provide free, confidential medical care for students who have been sexually assaulted, including treatment for minor injuries, pregnancy prevention, and STI testing/treatment.
They can be reached at:
- Phone: 507-222-4080
- Hours: Monday: 8am – 7pm; Tuesday-Friday: 8 am-5 pm
- Located in Ground Davis
- SHAC website
When calling to schedule an appointment, please inform the receptionist that you are calling regarding an urgent sexual harassment or assault issue to ensure that you receive an appointment as quickly as possible.
Seek emotional support.
An experience of sexual assault or misconduct is not something you have to process and struggle with on your own. Talking with others about what you are feeling and experiencing can be an important part of the healing process.
- Seek out someone you trust to support you.
- At Carleton, there are a number of people trained in responding to sexual misconduct and supporting survivors.
- For peer-to-peer support, CAASHA advocates are students who are voluntarily available at any time of the day, and can help you through the steps of responding to a crisis.
- There are also a number of non-Carleton support resources available to you.
Once you have taken steps to care for yourself physically and mentally, you may consider reporting your experience to the College or to Northfield Police.