Additional Resources

Helping a Survivor

Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault, no matter what; no matter how much alcohol was consumed. Alcohol may increase the risk of sexual assault, and may make someone incapable of giving consent or protecting themselves, but it is not the cause of the assault. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator; the survivor is never responsible for the assailant's behavior (75% of admitted date rapists said they used alcohol to get dates drunk so they could have sex; 40% of men in one study thought it was acceptable behavior to force sex on a woman who was drunk).

In the vast majority of sexual assaults against college students, the offender is known to the victim (acquaintance sexual assault accounts for 90% of college rapes). This means that the offender was not a close or intimate friend, but someone recognized by the victim such as a classmate, friend of a friend, lab partner, someone seen around campus, or person met at a party.

Survivors of a sexual assault may experience a range of emotional, physical, and mental reactions to the trauma of being victimized, which may include the following:

  • Self-blame
  • Denial
  • Eating difficulties
  • Embarrassment
  • Confusion
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Shame
  • Anxiety
  • Flashbacks
  • Guilt
  • Mood Swings
  • Fatigue
  • Fear
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Anger
  • Shock
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Rage
  • Disbelief
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feelings of worthlessness

If a friend has been sexually assaulted:

  1. Believe your friend.
  2. Listen non-judgmentally.
  3. Assure your friend that he or she is not to blame for the sexual assault.
  4. Encourage your friend to immediately reach out for help (reporting options).
  5. Empower your friend to make his or her own choices.
  6. Stay with your friend during interviews and examinations if she or he wants you to do so.
  7. Take care of yourself. You may need to talk to someone about how this has affected you.

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  1. Go to a safe location.
  2. Do not blame yourself. The sexual assault was not your fault.
  3. If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
  4. Reach out for help (reporting options).
  5. Understand that you have choices, and you should make the choice that is best for you.
  6. In order to preserve evidence, do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth.
  7. Recognize that healing from a sexual assault will take time. Give yourself the time you need.
  8. Remember, it is never too late to seek help. Many victims do not realize they need help until months or years later.

Campus Spaces

Boyd Meditation Chapel

Boyd Meditation Chapel

The Boyd Meditation Chapel offers a space to meet Albion College's personal and small group spiritual needs. It is located on the south end of the Goodrich Chapel building, down the hall from the front entrance, and is open the same hours as the main building. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to use the room. The Boyd Meditation Chapel is available for "drop-in" use or by reservation to . Storage cabinets are available for reservation by groups (contact to obtain a reservation form). Zabutons, zafus, and "how-to" literature about spiritual practices are accessible to anyone


Spiritual Life Library

Spiritual Life Library

The Spiritual Life Library offers a space for campus spiritual life groups to meet, as well as a home for a student-picked collection of literature and other resources. It is located in Stockwell Library 305, adjacent to the Wendell Will Room, and is open the same hours as the Library. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to use the room. Most of the collection is available for reservation/check-out on an honor system. The Spiritual Life Library is available for "drop-in" use or by reservation to . Storage cabinets are available by groups; contact .


Goodrich Chapel

Goodrich Chapel

Opened in 1957, Goodrich Chapel is often considered the visual hub of the Albion community. Individuals and groups that wish to use Goodrich Chapel can inquire at and . The College Chaplain can also be contacted at to discuss potential use.


Whitehouse Nature Center

Whitehouse Nature Center

For most individuals, spiritual development is deepened through connection with the natural world. The Whitehouse Nature Center offers a space to help this connection. It is easily accessible next to the Athletic complex fields. For more information, visit the Whitehouse Nature Center website.


Office of the Chaplain

The Office of the Chaplain offers a safe space for students and groups to relax and reflect, as well as find resources for advocacy and planning. It is located at 1000 E. Porter St., across from Whitehouse Hall, and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. All members of the Albion College community are welcome. The College Chaplain is available for prayer and discussions of spiritual discernment.


Albion College Spiritual Life Guidebook

Since 2003, the Office of the Chaplain has offered the Albion College community a comprehensive directory of area religious, spiritual, and philosophical communities. This guidebook also includes opportunities on campus (including student service groups) and a list of religious holidays for the academic year. Members of the Albion College community are welcome to stop by the Office of the Chaplain to look up information or receive a copy. Please direct specific questions to .

Partners in the Region

The Office of the Chaplain maintains strong relations with most religious, spiritual, and philosophical communities in the area and in the region. These include Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Jewish, Native American, Pagan, Quaker, Sikh, Spiritual/Not Religious, and Unitarian-Universalist friends, as well as non-religious philosophical communities. Most of these affiliations are included in the Albion College Spiritual Life Guidebook.

Albion Ministerial Association

The College Chaplain is an active member of the Albion Ministerial Association. The group is focused on unified Christian prayer and worship. The group is also active in many community service programs, including Albion Interfaith Ministries, and supporting the public school children. For more information, please contact the College Chaplain.

Hillel International & Lester and Jewell Morris (MSU) Hillel

The Office of the Chaplain maintains a connection with the Jewish community, and Albion College has available professional Hillel staff through the Lester & Jewell (MSU) Hillel (East Lansing, MI). Albion College Hillel is a member of Hillel International. For more information, please contact the College Chaplain.

Other Associations

The Office of the Chaplain also has association with the following organizations:

For more information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain. Learn more about the College's affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Resources for Personal Growth

Tips for Individual Spiritual Practice

The Office of the Chaplain offers one-page "tips" for spiritual practice in a variety of traditions.  Most of these ideas can be practiced alone; a few require participation in a group. Students are welcome to stop by the Office of the Chaplain to pick up one-page "tips" on any of the following traditions:

  • Buddhist
  • Christian
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Spiritual but Not Religious


Many students seek to integrate meditation into their life. There are a number of ways on campus to find help in this:

  • Yoga Class.  Taking this for-credit course is one of the most accessible ways to learn to meditate.
  • Buddhist Sitting Group.  Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, this group will be focused on Buddhist traditions of meditation.
  • Counseling Services.  Many of the counselors on staff can help resource individuals interested in meditation.
  • Idiot's Guide to Meditation is available in the Boyd Meditation Chapel, along with other how-to literature (e.g., Zen).

Bible Studies and Prayer Groups

Many Christian groups on campus host Bible studies and prayer groups, using a wide variety of curriculum.  For more information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain if you are interested in learning more, attending, or leading a study/prayer group.

Counseling Services

Many students find support for their spiritual growth through counseling sessions at Counseling Services. To learn more, call their office at x0236.

Meet with the Chaplain

Many students find support for their spiritual growth, as well as prayer and pastoral presence, through meeting with the College Chaplain.  To learn more, call the office at x0492.

2016-17 Student Handbook


The purpose of the Albion College Student Handbook is twofold. It informs students of opportunities for involvement — with people, special programs, and issues — that are available at Albion College. It describes programs and services that will help increase the quality of every student’s educational experience. The handbook also informs the College community of many of the policies governing students while at Albion College. These policies express expectations of behavior, convey a respect for community, and provide for the protection of the rights of the individual. Each student or student group is held responsible for the policies and procedures of the College that are currently in effect or, from time to time, put into effect by the appropriate authorities of Albion College. Please be aware that the handbook (1) is not a complete statement of all policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of Albion College; and (2) that the College reserves the right to change any procedures, policies, programs, and so on, that appear in the Student Handbook. The College will give notice to students of changes within a reasonable amount of time. Albion College acknowledges that best practices which include state and federal laws and/or regulations, continue to change, e.g., 2013 Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Consequently, if College policies and procedures conflict with or are not in line with current best practices, then current best practices, including state and federal laws and/or regulations, will take precedence over conflicting College policies and procedures.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.

Important Telephone Number Extensions

Campus Safety Emergency Line


Campus Safety Business Lines

1234, 0213, 0255

Student Health Services


Chaplain's Office


Counseling Services


Women's Center


Residential Life


Oaklawn Hospital Local Number


Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs


Sexual Assault Counselor
(24 hour on-call, press the # sign first)


Title IX Coordinator - Lisa Locke


Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotlines

Gryphon Place


Michigan Suicide Hotline

800/784-2433; 800/273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Spanish only)


Summit Point Crisis Line


To all students:

What an exciting time to be at Albion College!

As we consider the challenges that must be addressed by the national and international communities, we are reminded of the importance of colleges like ours. Like they have done so many times before, graduates of private, residential, liberal arts colleges will provide the leadership and wisdom to resolve the tough issues of our day. Since Albion is one of the best of this select group, in only a few short years the world will look to you to do remarkable things.

I hope you are expecting great joy in the weeks and months ahead. College should be lots of fun. At the same time, I hope you are expecting repeated challenges. In fact, you should insist that we push you to do your very best work. Embrace the opportunity to pursue excellence in the classroom, on stage, on the field, in your sorority or fraternity, and every place in between. Never again will you be in an environment where everything is aligned and designed to help you develop as a person of influence.

Explore all the opportunities available and then create some of your own. Work as hard as you can in all of your classes and then spend some time thinking about how those classes inform each other. Learn to persuade your classmates and then learn to be persuaded by them. Find ways to learn and develop through things that others are doing only as recreation. Ask questions of everyone and give your best ideas to those who ask your opinion.

Use this document as one of many handbooks to help you get the greatest value for the time and resources you invest in Albion College. We are committed to your success, so take advantage of all we have to offer. We will enjoy watching your Albion successes, and, in a few years, we will take pride in what you are doing as a force for good around the world.

Mauri Ditzler

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.

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