Watkins Health Services provides support to survivors of gender based violence (sexual assault, violence and harassment, stalking, intimate partner/domestic violence, use of alcohol to gain sexual access). Merrill Evans, LSCSW, is the University's CARE (Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education) Coordinator whose primary role is to provide institutional support for students who have been impacted by any form of violence.
The CARE Coordinator services are free and confidential (not mandated to report incidents to University officials or organizations). Services include individualized therapeutic support, education and assistance navigating campus and community resources; support during reporting (both KU and criminal), interim measures (academic/housing needs). If you or someone you know has been affected by any form of gender based violence, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with Merrill by email or 785-864-9255. If WHS is closed, the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center is available 24 hours for survivor assistance at 785-843-8985.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Services from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) are available at Watkins Health Services. A SANE is a Registered Nurse who has received special training in order to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims. The duties of a SANE include collecting and documenting any forensic evidence and providing appropriate information, support and referrals. In addition, a SANE may provide expert testimony if a case goes to trial.
Victims of sexual assault should be seen immediately (no greater than 120 hours). Contact WHS at 785-864-9507. If WHS is closed, students should go directly to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Emergency Department at 325 Maine Street. If transportation to Lawrence Memorial Hospital is needed, call the KU Public Safety Office at 785-864-5900.