Serving international students
The number of international students in the U.S. has quadrupled to nearly 800,000 since the early 1970s. Similarly, at UNH there has been a significant change in the international student body over the past several years. International students may experience adjustment difficulties due to:
- Cultural barriers to meaningful interactions with U.S. students
- Lack of support network
- Pressures regarding high academic expectations
- Lack of financial resources
These factors could lead to an increased potential of being victimized.
SHARPP is committed to providing accessible, free, culturally competent, and confidential services to all international students.
About Services from SHARPP
All who use SHARPP services, by state law, have the right to confidentiality. All information and records pertaining to you will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of SHARPP unless you give us permission.
The only exceptions are:
- If you were to report to us about crimes that happened to you as a child.
- If you seriously intended to hurt yourself or someone else.
- If you reported an incident of elder abuse.
SHARPP can help international students understand the complicated U.S. legal system and UNH conduct systems. We are able to be with students at every step of both processes.
At SHARPP there are free language line services available. When calling our hotline 603-862-7233 (SAFE) just say that you would like language line services in the language of your choice and you will be contacted with a translator.
Important Points to Remember
You can get a protection order as an international student.
A protection order or restraining order is used by a court to protect a person in a situation involving domestic violence, harassment, stalking or sexual assault. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to get a protection order. An advocate from SHARPP can assist you with each step of this process.
It is unlikely that you will be deported for reporting a crime against yourself.
If you are now a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident or possess a valid visa, you cannot be deported unless you entered the United States illegally. Working with SHARPP, the police, and the Office of International Student & Scholars we can get this question answered for your specific case.
If your boyfriend/girlfriend is convicted of a crime, they may be deported, depending on their immigration status and the seriousness of the crime.
Seeking assistance from SHARPP or lawyers is unlikely to result in the deportation of your partner. If you contact the police and your intimate partner is convicted of a crime, they may be deported, depending on their immigration status and the seriousness of the crime. It is important to remember that you must keep yourself safe. It is your partner that has put themself at risk by their actions.
Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) www.unh.edu/sharpp 603-862-3494
SHARPP works to eliminate sexual and intimate partner violence. SHARPP's mission is accomplished in two parts: by providing free and confidential advocacy and direct services to all survivors and their allies; and by offering culturally competent awareness and prevention programs to the University of New Hampshire community.
Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) www.unh.edu/oiss/ 603-862-1288
Ensures University compliance with all U.S. immigration regulations and to assist international students, exchange scholars, faculty and staff to achieve their professional and academic goals. Also to provide assistance regarding not only U.S. immigration and employment regulations, but also education, personal, financial and health issues affecting our international community.
Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) www.unh.edu/pacs/ 603-862-2090
PACS is committed to serving UNH’s diverse campus community by providing students with support and education for their person and academic success through confidential counseling, psychiatric consultation, and outreach and prevention services.
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) www.unh.edu/omsa
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs provides support, advising, advocacy, and student development for African American/Black/African/Caribbean, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islanders, Native American/Indigenous/First Nations, Arab/Middle Eastern/Middle Eastern American, Biracial/Multiracial students, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning students. Supporting First-Generation College Students as well as Ally students is at the heart of our work.
Diversity Support Coalition wildcatlink.unh.edu/organization/DSC
The Diversity Support Coalition (DSC) seeks to promote, educate, and support multiculturalism, diversity, and equality at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) through programming and support of the DSC and its member groups. The DSC strives to keep the acceptance of multiculturalism, diversity, and equality at the forefront of the university culture. These ideas and concepts are supported by the student-run DSC itself and its current member groups (i.e., Alliance, The Black Student Union, Hillel, Mosaico, The Native American Cultural Association, and The United Asian Coalition). The DSC is open to all students who are interested in fostering inclusion and equity at UNH.
Affirmative Action and Equity Office www.unh.edu/affirmativeaction 603-862-2930
Responsible for oversight of the University’s compliance efforts in regard to affirmative action, Title IX, disability laws and regulations, equal employment laws, and campus initiatives aimed at creating a diverse, welcoming and equitable campus.
To see a list of other places SHARPP refers to check out www.unh.edu/sharpp/resources
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) http://www.justice.gov/ovw
The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. A good resource for information about U.S. laws.
You have a Right to Be Free from Violence in Your Home:
Questions and Answers for Immigrant and Refugee Women produced by the Family Violence Prevention Fund. This resource is available on their website in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Russian, and Korean. http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/english.pdf
Created in collaboration with Office of International Students & Scholars