August 25, 2016

Confidential advisor to support victims of gender-based violence

SIU has a new confidential advisor who is trained to support victims of gender- based violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.  Any student who has experienced gender-based violence may contact the advisor for confidential support as well as access to resources and information they need to safely continue their studies.

Rebecca Gonnering, who has assumed the role of confidential advisor, is based in Wellness and Health Promotion Services, said Lori Stettler, interim vice chancellor for student affairs.

“Our goal is to help survivors, friends, loved ones and allies find support and information,” she said. “The advisor can help with changes in living arrangements and work assignments, academic support, transportation assistance, help filing a report and more.”

To make an appointment, students may go online to the Saluki health portal, call 618/453-4429, or email

The university created the confidential advisor position in compliance with the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, which went into effect Aug. 1.