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Apply to be a SAPA

Thank you for your interest in the SAPA program at CMU. SAPA conducts a rigorous and thorough review of each applicant. To apply to be a SAPA, please review the eligibility requirements and application process below.


  • Must be a CMU student or transferring to CMU by Fall of the following academic year.
  • A one-year commitment is required, but a two-year commitment is strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to attend interviews, two-weekend fall training, and a one-weekend spring training (dates located on the application).
  • Must clear criminal background check. 
  • See the cover letter of the application for dates, interview process information, and further details.

Application process

Applications are now available for becoming a SAPA member during the 2024-2025 academic year. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, March 13, 2024. After you have completed the application please see the below options for how to submit it. If selected, a virtual 15-minute application review will occur. Please read the first page of our application for complete details.

Ways to submit applications:

  • Email the application to sapa@cmich.edu.
  • Bring your application in a sealed envelope to Foust Hall 150, the Director of Sexual Aggression Services' office. (If the door is closed you may slide the application underneath it)


Meet the SAPAs and other events 

Curious to know more before you decide to apply? We have a few options for you! Each year SAPA hosts a number of free “Meet the SAPAs” panels and other events. Panels are centered around providing information on becoming an advocate, what it’s like be an advocate, and the interview process. See our Upcoming Events to find information on the next “Meet the SAPAs” panel or other events. 

Upcoming Events

Can’t make it to an event? Want to speak with somebody more directly? Contact us at sapa@cmich.edu to set up a time to meet with an advocate one-on-one. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of SAPA.