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 the Gatton Student Center at 160 Avenue of Champions, Rm. C316, Lexington, KY 40506-0676.
What do I do if I need to speak with an advocate?
Come by VIP anytime 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to speak confidentially with a staff person. We support all students, faculty, and staff in the UK community. There is no cost. You can share as little or as much as you wish and we will listen and help you explore options and resources.
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 confidential resources you are seeking. 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 a HIPAA compliant Zoom session.
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.
What if I'm in a position at UK (RA, student organization, campus ministry, student government) and I want to work with VIP?
We want to work with you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The VIP Center can provide you with helpful resources and information or discuss strategies for reaching out to the student you're concerned about.
Someone important to me disclosed that they are a survivor of interpersonal violence. How do I support them?
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. The VIP Center is also here for supportive others and you’re welcome to stop by.
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 intimate 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?
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.
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 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 email@example.com, or feel free to just drop by and see us!