Prevention, Advocacy, and Wellness Services (PAWS)

Prevention, Advocacy, and Wellness Services (PAWS) helps students achieve academic success and personal growth, establish healthy relationships, and realize well-being by providing direct support and connection to appropriate University and community resources. We seek to create a safe, healthy, compassionate, and enriching environment for all students and members of the SUNY Fredonia community.

This comprehensive program coordinates initiatives; facilitates collaboration; provides training, advocacy, and intervention services; and educational opportunities in the following areas:

  • Alcohol and other drugs

  • Rape and sexual assault

  • Relationship issues including dating and domestic violence

  • Stalking and harassment

  • Sexual health

PAWS provides advocacy and support for Fredonia students that are survivors of interpersonal violence (rape, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and harassment). We can answer questions, be someone to talk to, offer emotional support, and provide referrals. You can make an appointment with the PAWS office at the Counseling Center by calling the office at (716) 673-3424, or emailing the PAWS coordinator at Julie.Bezek@fredonia.edu.

The Counseling Center, Residence Life, and Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention are planning an Out of the Darkness Event for April 24, 2021.  Out of the Darkness is designed to raise awareness of suicide prevention and related mental health concerns, and is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide (AFSP).  Typically Out of the Darkness is hosted as an in-person walk.  With uncertainties related to COVID-19, a final decision has not been made as to whether Out of the Darkness will be held as in-person walk (with appropriate social distancing procedures) and/or as a virtual event.  We asking interested students to complete the following form so we are able to gauge interest and send information to students once a decision has been made regarding in-person vs. virtual.  Questions regarding Out of the Darkness can be sent to Julie.Bezek@fredonia.edu or Miranda.Nellis@fredonia.edu

Click below to complete interest form:

AFSP Out of the Darkness



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How do I contact PAWS? Appointments can be made by emailing Julie.Bezek@fredonia.edu or phoning (716) 673-3424.

Hours of Operation:
Appointments are available Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PAWS is closed June & July. Individuals in need of assistance during the summer months should contact the Division of Enrollment and Student Services at (716) 673-3271.

Fredonia Sexual Assault Resources: Information for Fredonia students regarding options and resources available to survivors of sexual assault.

Information for Faculty and Staff on Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking: A guide for faculty and staff on how to assist students who are survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.






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