Student Member Requirements:


  1. Sophomore or Junior status at Drake University preferred, but all are welcome to apply; Graduate level or Law students are highly encouraged to apply as well.
  2. Current cumulative grade point average of 2.5 preferred; ability to balance volunteer hour load with academics and/or other involvement.
  3.  Maintain full time student status during duration of involvement in program.
  4. Student advocates are required to make a full academic year commitment to the program (both Fall and Spring semesters). Students studying abroad will still be considered and should note the term off campus on their application.
  5. May not be a current paid student employee in the following areas: Residence Life, Student Life, Admissions, Human Resources, Public Safety to be a campus advocate 


  1. Holds interest in advocating on gender violence issues.
  2. Complete a V.I.P. Application/Volunteer Application for Crisis Intervention Services (CIS) and Domestic Violence Services (DVS).
  3. Provide required references (minimum of 2).
  4. Interview with the Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Counseling Center Staff (Drake University V.I.P. Interview Team) and CIS and DVS Campus Outreach Coordinators.
  5. Pass the required criminal and Child Abuse Registry background checks and University Conduct Management System check.
  6. Complete driver history/release form.
  7. Complete V.I.P. Charter Agreement form.

 Training and Service Expectations:


  1. Complete the 30-hour required state advocate training provided by DVS/CIS in accordance with Iowa Code 915.20A Victim Counselor Privilege (training will be held a week prior to the start of the Fall semester).
  2. Provide advocacy services as needed to survivors of sexual assault which includes, but is not limited to, 24 hour phone support, providing of information and resources, immediate crisis response, accompanying the survivor to an exam site, assisting the survivor with the development of a “safety plan” and other additional appropriate follow-up.
  3. Be the “on-call” advocate on campus one to two weeks each semester (contingent on number of advocates; may not be required to function on University breaks).
  4. Attend bi-weekly group meetings to overview campus cases and obtain additional extended training as applicable.
Report to Title IX
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Confidential Resources

Quick contacts to reach a confidential advocate

  • VIP peer-student advocacy
    515-512-2972 (call or text)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy
  • Cowles Library 109 during the academic year
        - Tuesdays 2:30-4:30
        - Thursdays 9:00-11:00