FAQ

When is the VIP Center open?
We're here Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where is VIP located?
We're located in lower level Frazee Hall, next to the construction for the brand new student center. 

What do I do if I, or someone I know, need to talk about what happened?
Come by VIP anytime 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to speak confidentially with a staff person. There is no cost. You can share as little or as much as you want and we will listen and help you explore options and resources. For more information on what services we provide at VIP, check out the "Help for you or a friend" page.

If you need to speak to someone right away when we are not open, here are a few places you could call: 

  • Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center- 24-hour line, 1-800-656-HOPE

  • GreenHouse17 (formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program)- 24-hour line, 1-800-544-2022


What can I expect when walking in to the VIP Center for the first time?
People come to the VIP Center for the first time for many reasons. Many want to get involved or learn more about us, and others walk in because they or someone they care about has been impacted by sexual or gender based interpersonal violence. No matter your reason for walking in, expect to be warmly greeted and immediately connected to the resources you are seeking.

I'd like to talk to someone about what happened to me. What will happen next?
Each person will be the guide to the services they receive. We won't press for details, force you to make a police report or direct you toward any services you don't want. We will do whatever is necessary to provide you with the support YOU need.

Do I need an appointment?
You may call (859) 257 - 3574 to schedule an appointment with an advocate, or walk in during our office hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to speak with a staff person and set up an appointment with an advocate.

Who will I be speaking to?
All staff members are trained, confidential advocates and are full time staff members, not students.

I want to get involved with VIP. Where should I start?
We have several options for students and alumni to get involved! Check out the Get Involved portion of our website to learn more.

Are guys involved with your mission at VIP?
Absolutely! In fact, we depend on the men of this campus to be part of the solution... we can't do it without them. Stop by the VIP Center to meet some volunteers who are men and learn how they are contributing.

What if I'm in a position at UK (RA, student organization, campus ministry, student government) and I want to work with VIP?
Great idea! Email vipcenter@uky.edu or stop by the VIP Center so we can talk with you specifically about collaborating! .

I am a faculty or staff member here at UK and I'm concerned about a student. What should I do?
You can contact the VIP Center by phone at (859) 257-3574, or stop by during regular business hours. The VIP Center can provide you with helpful resources and information, or discuss strategies for reaching out to the student you're concerned about.

I don't know what to say to my friend who has been hurt.
If you say nothing else, let them know you believe them, that it isn't their fault and that you are so glad they shared this with you. If possible, share VIP's number and suggest they stop by for more support.

Does the VIP Center address ALL types of violence?
While we can certainly connect any student to the resources we have available at UK, we deal with sexual and gender based violence, which can include sexual assault, rape, stalking, and partner violence. Even if you're not sure VIP is the right place for your needs, feel free to contact us and we will help you get the help you need.

What is VIP's space used for?
Our welcoming space, located in the basement of Frazee Hall, is a hub where education meets action. Students can stop by anytime to fill up on knowledge and learn the potential power of a bystander and the specific role they play in prevention. We hold many Green Team, VIP, and Green Dot related programs in the common space, as well. Most importantly, the Center serves as a place where students, faculty, and staff in the UK community can seek confidential services.

Who can come to the VIP Center?
All students, faculty, staff from all backgrounds who want to learn how to be a proactive bystander and how to spread green dots is welcome to stop in to learn how to get involved. We also provide free and confidential services to anyone in the UK community who has experienced sexual and gender-based interpersonal violence, or cares about somebody who has.

So, what is this Green Dot thing I've heard so much about?
Green Dot represents any single moment in time when people choose to state their intolerance of sexual and gender-based interpersonal violence through words, choices, or actions. With enough people spreading enough Green Dots, we can combat the violence (Red Dots) on this campus. With everyone's help, UK can become the safest university in the country when it comes to sexual and gender-based interpersonal violence. If you're interested in signing up for a Green Dot training, stop by the VIP Center or email us at vipcenter@uky.edu.

How can I be in the know about VIP programs, events, and trainings?
Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for announcements of VIP or SPARC programs, events, trainings, and more!

I didn't see the answer to my question here - who can I contact?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have! You can call us at (859) 257-3574, email us at vipcenter@uky.edu, or feel free to just drop by and see us!