SUNY Geneseo SART

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

What is SART?

SART offers free, confidential transportation to Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Rochester for Geneseo students who were recently sexually assaulted. Students will be transported by a trained driver and accompanied to the hospital by a student advocate who is available to provide confidential. Drivers are trained through Geneseo First Response, and student advocates are trained through SUNY Geneseo Pathways. 

What are the hours of operation?

8 pm to 8 am, every day while school is in session. SART is not available over breaks or final exams. 

Is this service confidential?

Yes. Confidentiality is a core value of the SART program. Advocates and drives will maintain confidentiality. Students are driven to Strong in a plain, unmarked car to ensure privacy. The driver will return at a later time to pick up the student as needed. 

Do I have to report the incident if I call SART?

No.  It's completely your decision if you'd like to have evidence collected, report the incident, or both.

What happens at Strong?

Strong provides many options including having evidence collected, receiving emergency contraception, receiving STI testing or medication. You also have the option of contacting professional crisis advocates who can facilitate the medical visit and provide additional support.

How long will it take?

In our experience, hospital visits of this nature usually take at least 6 hours.

What should I bring with me?

Because hospital visits can take multiple hours you may wish to bring snacks, reading material, homework, or a laptop to help pass the time while you're waiting. Additionally, if you choose to have evidence collected and are still wearing the clothes from which evidence will be collected, you may want to bring a change of clothes.

Limitations and Disclaimers

  • Transportation services are offered only to students who have been sexually assaulted within the last few weeks.
  • 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.

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 http://www.geneseo.edu/pathways
  • Drivers undergo 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 collaborates with the Advisory Committee for Interpersonal Violence (formerly the Advisory Committee for Campus Security), an open group of faculty, staff, and students, chaired by Tamara Kenney, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of Care Services and Bonnie Stubblefield, Theater Dept. This group is overseen by Dr. Bonfiglio, VP of Student and Campus Life.

If you have any questions or concerns about SART, please contact any of the following coordinators by email:

  • Advocate Coordinators: Melissa Bebernes and Lizzie Messana (Geneseo Pathways)
  • Driver Coordinators: Sarina Bevilacqua and Liz Michaud (Geneseo First Response)
  • Other board members: Jennifer Katz (SARTeam Coordinator, Professor of Psychology, Kat Galvin, Geneseo Pathways) 

Or contact Pathways at geneseopeeradvocacy@gmail.com from 8 pm to midnight or call (585)-237-8860 from 8pm and 8 am.