While Michigan Tech is one of the safest schools in the country to attend, we still provide resources and support services to ensure that students feel secure at all times and have access to information and assistance that will help ensure their continuing safety. There are also a number of resources and support services available in the local community.
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This is a new iPhone app designed to help protect women and prevent assault. For more information, please visit the app’s website.
The city of Houghton, in partnership with Michigan Tech, operates a bus system that run from 5–11 p.m. daily when classes are in session. If you need a safe ride to or from downtown at night, you can use the public transit system. Visit public transit for more information about bus schedules, routes, and cost.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Courses
The Michigan Tech Department of Public Safety and Police Services offers RAD courses each semester to teach self-defense tactics and techniques. The curriculum begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. These courses are open to any enrolled female student. Interested students can register through Adult Community Programs—offered through the Student Development Complex.
The Michigan Tech Department of Public Safety and Police Services also provides 24/7 escorts to accompany students to or from any location on campus. If you do not feel comfortable or safe walking alone, you may call 906-487-2216 and request a Safe-Walk escort.
Sexual Aggression and Violence Education (SAVE)
The SAVE student organization works to educate, raise awareness, and provide resources about sexual aggression and violence. SAVE does presentations on campus and hosts events such as the Take Back the Night march.
Advocacy and Support Services
Counseling Services, located in Administration Building, Room 301, provides confidential counseling for victims of domestic violence, date rape, and sexual assault. It also offers referrals to those who need legal or medical advocacy.
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home (BKG)
The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home offers temporary shelter for victims and their children in abusive relationships, individual counseling and support groups for shelter residents and non-residents, information and referral to appropriate agencies, and advocates to help victims work with law enforcement and prosecutors in domestic violence cases, including assistance with obtaining personal protection orders. All BKG services are free and confidential. For more information, call the 24-hour crisis line at 906-337-5623.
Campus Victims Advocacy Response Team (CVART)
CVART is a peer support and crisis counseling service offered to Tech students 24 hours per day when classes are in session. CVART is free and completely confidential. If a student needs to talk about issues such as a breakup, abuse, GLBTQ concerns, pregnancy, stress, or sexual assault, they can call CVART (866-661-5589) and an advocate will meet with them.
Dial Help, located in downtown Houghton (609 Shelden Avenue), provides 24-hour crisis intervention, short-term confidential crisis counseling, referrals to local counselors, support groups, assistance with personal protection orders, court accompaniment, legal advocacy (accompaniment and assistance dealing with law enforcement), and medical advocacy (including sexual assault nurse examiner services such as evidence collection, pregnancy prevention, STD prevention, and an advocate to provide follow-up care). The Dial Help hotline number is 906-482-HELP (4357) and the 24/7 victim services number is 866-661-5589.