Sexual Assault Response Team 

Contact us via Geneseo Pathways at:  (585) 237-8860   8 pm to 8am daily while classes are in session during fall and spring semesters

 SART services will resume the first day of classes Fall 2014.

Our service

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a free service to Geneseo students seeking medical transport following a sexual assault.  This service began during Fall 2012. Students will be transported by a trained driver and accompanied to the hospital by a student advocate who is available to provide confidential, nonprofessional support.  Upon arriving to the hospital, an advocate specifically trained in sexual assault will be contacted to provide assistance at the hospital, including during the medical visit.  The driver will depart and return at a later time to pick up the student as needed.  Drivers are trained through Geneseo First Response, and student advocates are trained through SUNY Geneseo Pathways. 

This is a confidential service. Students transported by the SARTeam are not required to report the incident.


Our goals

Our goal is to ensure that medically stable students who are sexually assaulted can obtain specialized medical attention, a forensic evaluation, or both. We plan to provide a confidential transportation service, in most cases, to Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Rochester, which staffs a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). 


Hours of operation

We will offer this service during the fall and spring semesters when students are on campus and classes are in session (i.e., not over breaks). During these times, at least one advocate and one driver will be on call from 8 pm to 8 am, 7 days a week. There will also be a back up advocate and driver on call.


Limitations and disclaimers

  • Transportation services are offered only to students who have been sexually assaulted within the last few weeks.
  • Transport will be to SMH, or in special circumsances agreed upon by the advocate and driver, another hospital in the greater Rochester area.
  • The SARTeam can transport Geneseo students only if they are medically stable, coherent, and not severely impaired by drugs or alcohol. In the event that a student requires emergency medical care, the SARTeam will call for an ambulence. The student requiring emerency treatment will be responsible for ambulance fees.
  • Geneseo students must be available to be picked up within 5 miles or 15 minutes of campus, whichever is farther.
  • The SARTeam will not be able to transport friends or family with the student seeking assistance unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Misuse of the SARTeam services will incur financial costs based on NYS travel reimbursement guidelines plus a fee added to the mis-user's college account.


Our administrative board  (for Fall 2014)

Advocate Coordinators: Melissa Berbenes and Colin Peartree  (Geneseo Pathways)

Driver Coordinators: Jamiie Tyler and Karl Parnell (Geneseo First Response)

Other board membersJennifer Katz (SARTeam Director, Associate Professor, Psychology) Melinda DuBois (Health & Counseling) and Scott Kenney (University Police)


More on campus resources 

The SARTeam works closely with staff from RESTORE, formerly known as Livingston County Rape Crisis. Additional on campus advocacy resources include:

     a) Melinda DuBois, Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Advocate for Students and Administrative Director of Health and Counseling (during normal business hours) -- 585-245-5736

     b) offices listed at


Advocate and driver qualifications 

Advocates and drivers are SUNY Geneseo students who have completed training offered through the psychology department, though Geneseo First Response, or both.

Advocates successfully completed a 10 week voluntary training focused on general helping skills. For more information, see

Drivers undergo a less extensive training on ethics, confidentiality, sensitivity to crisis situations and sexual assault. In addition, drivers must have a clean driving record, be cleared through the college LENS program, and complete a practice run to SMH.


To be involved in the Advisory Committee for Campus Security, a group that discusses sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on campus, please come to our meetings on Wednesdays at 2:30 to 3:45 in Milne 105. Meeting dates for the 2014-2015 year are: