The Campus Violence Prevention Program raises awareness and promotes the primary prevention of interpersonal violence to create a safe campus environment. The Campus Violence Prevention Program Education and Outreach Coordinator plans and coordinates programs (i.e. trainings, workshops) to educate students, faculty, and staff on the realities of violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Education and Outreach Coordinator participates in a variety of directed activities to provide direct support to students who experience sexual assault and interpersonal violence. The program informs students and employees of their rights regarding reporting instances of violence and ensures access to counseling, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and supportive services available on campus and in the community. The program serves a vital role in promoting bystander intervention and educating the campus to prevent interpersonal violence.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Though often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Southeast Missouri State University. While compliance with laws is everyone’s responsibility at Southeast, listed below are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance. The Title IX Coordinator’s duties and responsibilities include monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX compliance at the University, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community.

Title IX Coordinator
Sonia R. Rucker
Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Academic 010
(573) 651-2524

There are a few Deputy Title IX Coordinators on campus as well. These deputy coordinators are responsible for specific areas of campus

For complaints against students:
Dr. Randy Carter
Assistant Dean of Students
UC422, MS1500
(573) 651-2264

For complaints against faculty, staff and visitors:
Title IX Coordinator
Sonia R. Rucker
Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
Academic 010

For Students and Employees in Athletics:
Cindy Gannon
Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
1221 Broadway, MS0200
(573) 651-2997

Though reporting Title IX violations is important, Southeast Missouri State University is also committed to providing support and counseling to those who have experienced sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking.

Request A Presentation

The Campus Violence Prevention Program provides educational and engaging presentations to faculty, staff, and students. Please see below for topics, or, enter “other” to work with us to create a presentation specifically tailored to your needs!

Presentation requests must be received 12-hours in advance to be considered.

Campus Violence Prevention Text Line

(573) 427-2877 (CVPP)

The Campus Violence Prevention Program’s text helpline is for SOUTHEAST STUDENTS ONLY. If you are not a student, and are currently looking for services related to dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, please utilize the following FREE community services:

Beacon Health Center (sexual assault services): 
PH: (573) 332-1900
After Hours Crisis Line: (877) 820-6278

Safe House for Women (domestic/dating violence):
PH: (573)335-7745
24 Hour Crisis Line: (800) 341-1830

The Campus Violence Prevention Program offer services through a text-only phone number. This number does not accept voice phone calls and responds only to SMS text messaging. Incoming phone numbers ARE visible to the staff-responders and will be utilized in the case of an emergency.

All transcripts of texts are purged regularly. Any information that is temporarily maintained is core to our evaluation of services provided to persons contacting the Campus Violence Prevention Program text line. All text line responders are employees of Counseling and Disability Services and are legally bound to confidentiality.

All staff-responders outside of Counseling and Disability Services are considered mandatory reporters. Student will be made aware that in situations regarding the welfare of a minor or an elder person, as well as harm to self or others will be reported to the appropriate authorities using locating information.

A student’s information, including any personally identifiable information, will only be shared with persons implicitly linked to Campus Violence Prevention Program operations. This may include the Office of Student Conduct, or Department of Public Safety.

We do not sell, trade, or rent personal information that students provide. Nor will your phone number be used to send newsletters, alerts, or other information.

The University is legally required to submit, to the federal government, any information about crimes that occur on or near their campuses, or that involve their students. The information submitted will not include any personally identifying information, only information about the crime itself.

Students who engage in this service will be charged standard text messaging rates relative to their provider's plans. Users should be aware and mindful that text messages sent using modern smart phones are saved indefinitely and could compromise their safety. Users concerned for their physical safety and well-being are encouraged to contact Southeast DPS at (573) 651-2911, or Cape Girardeau Police at 911.

There are a number of places that you can report an incident of dating or domestic violence, sexual assault,and/or stalking, whether the incident occurred on or off campus. The Campus Violence Prevention Program partners with both on-campus and off-campus locations that allow reporting. There is also a third party reporting option available to those who wish to report on someone else's behalf.

More information reguarding reporting locations:

On Campus:

Campus Violence Prevention Program
Counseling & Disability Services
Office of Student Conduct
Residence Life
Department of Public Safety

Local Community:

Safe House for Women, Inc.
Cape Police Department
Beacon Health Center:


Donna St. Sauver, Coordinator
Text: 573.427.2877

Dearmont B1 Wing (Eastern Side)
Counseling and Disability Services
One University Plaza, MS 2030
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Campus Violence Prevention Video
Campus Violence Prevention Program