Sexual Assault Response Team

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


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.All SART advocates, drivers, and board members are volunteers dedicated to helping students.


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 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 ambulance. 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.
  • 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  (Fall 2015)

Advocate Coordinators: Melissa Bebernes (Geneseo Pathways)

Driver Coordinators: Sarina Bevilacqua and Liz Michaud (Geneseo First Response)

Other board members: Jennifer Katz (SARTeam Coordinator, Professor of Psychology),  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:

     offices listed at


Advocate and driver qualifications 

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

Advocates successfully completed a 10 week 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.

SART team reports to the  Advisory Committee for Interpersonal Violence (formerly the Advisory Committee for Campus Security), an open group of faculty, staff, and students working together to address sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on campus. This group is overseen by Dr. Bob Bonfiglio, VP of Student and Campus Life.