This document is intended to provide information about receiving PEAR services. Please read it carefully. If you have any questions, please ask a PEAR advocate.
I understand that I am eligible for PEAR services as long as I am currently enrolled as a Salem State University student, including undergraduate and graduate students.
Scope of Services
I understand that PEAR offers a variety of services to survivors and supporters of survivors of sexual assault, domestic and relationship violence, and/or stalking including, but not limited to: empathetic support and advocacy; education about students’ options and rights; safety planning; assistance in reporting to on or off campus authorities, if a student chooses; connection to on-campus resources and referrals to local resources.
I understand that PEAR provides short-term support and does not provide therapy or counseling services, but an advocate can refer students to Counseling and Health Services or off campus resources, if requested.
I understand that I have the right to remain anonymous when calling/texting the advocacy line, although staff may ask for some demographic data for documentation or other purposes.
I understand that this document applies whether I am receiving services from PEAR in-person or via the confidential advocacy line.
PEAR is staffed by the Program Coordinator and Salem State graduate assistant(s). All staff receive training in trauma-informed care and receive supervision from the Program Coordinator and/or Counseling & Health Services licensed staff. In general, all communications between a PEAR advocate and a student are considered confidential. However, in order to coordinate effective care, your advocate may share information or consult with another PEAR advocate, a supervisor, or other licensed professional in Counseling and Health Services, all of whom are required to maintain confidentiality.
I understand that PEAR advocates maintain confidentiality in accordance with their roles on campus. PEAR will not share information about me without my written permission, except under the following circumstances:
- If I present a serious danger to myself or another person;
- If I am under 18 years of age and disclose abuse or neglect to my advocate;
- If I disclose that a minor child, dependent adult, or elderly person is currently at risk for abuse or neglect from me or someone else;
- If a valid subpoena is issued on my records, or my records are otherwise subject to a court order or other legal process requiring disclosure;
- In the rare case where the office of the Dean of Students and/or the University Police has a serious concern about my safety or the safety of the community.
- PEAR follows all university protocols and complies with all regulations, including Title IX and the Clery Act, which requires staff to share non-identifying or anonymous information about incidents on campus.
I understand that I can sign a Release of Information if I would like the PEAR advocate to communicate with others about my services, whether they are on or off campus.
I can use email to communicate with PEAR for scheduling appointments or accessing resources, but I understand that email is not a confidential form of communication. If I would like to discuss confidential information, PEAR recommends calling the advocacy line or speaking to an advocate in person. I also understand that email is not monitored 24/7 and we cannot guarantee how often we read or respond to emails.
I understand that PEAR does not provide documentation for absences or tardiness for classes.
I understand that PEAR does not provide emergency services. PEAR in-person advocacy is generally available during business hours when the university is open. The call/text advocacy line is available from 8am-8pm during the academic year.
If you need free 24/7 support, please contact these resources:
- YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center: 800.922.8772
- HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change): 800.547.1649
- Lahey Psychiatric Crisis Team: 978.744.1585
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255
- Get Help Now: Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741.741
If you are experiencing an emergency, including a mental health or physical emergency, call University Police at 978.542.6111 if on campus, 911 if off-campus, or go to your nearest emergency room.