If a Student Reports Misconduct to You

    1. Tell them you want to offer support but that you’re required by college policy to report the incident to the Title IX coordinator. If they prefer to talk to someone allowed by law to keep it confidential, refer them to these colleagues.
    2. If the person’s health or safety is an immediate concern, contact Campus Safety at 413.597.4444 or local emergency services at 911.
    3. Listen to the person. Ask them if they want help connecting to counseling or Campus Safety. Respect their answers. People who have experienced misconduct may be reluctant or scared and need time to consider their options.
    4. As required by campus policy, immediately report the incident to the Title IX coordinator at 413.597.3301 or [email protected]; or to any of the deputy Title IX coordinators listed below. They can also help with questions about what more you can do.
  • All college employees are required to report to one of the following college resources:

    • Campus Safety, 413.597.4444
    • Title IX coordinator, 413.597.3301
    • Dean of the College/Deputy Title IX coordinator, 413.597.4261
    • Dean of the Faculty/Deputy Title IX coordinator, 413.597.4351
    • Director of Human Resources/Deputy Title IX coordinator, 413.597.2058

    The only exceptions are those few employees who operate with statutorily protected confidentiality (i.e., health services, counseling, clergy and sexual assault advocates). If you have questions about whether to report, please call the Title IX coordinator at 413.597.3301.

    • To ensure that the complainant has access to all available resources now and in the future.
    • To help identify individuals displaying patterns of behavior.
    • To identify and address trends or systemic problems.
    • To keep our campus safe.
  • "I am required to connect you to the Title IX coordinator, who will meet with you to help you take care of your own personal safety and your physical and emotional well-being, direct you to resources and explain your options if you want the college to take action.

    "There are many resources available to help you, both at the college and in the community.

    "The Title IX coordinator will keep your information private and will only share it with those who need to know. You have the right to choose to whom you will speak, what resources you will use, what you will say and when you will say it.

    "If you would rather keep this information confidential, there are confidential employees you can talk to."

  • A. Prohibition. Retaliation of any kind against the person who reports sexual misconduct or against any person who participates or chooses not to participate in the adjudication process is strictly prohibited. Any retaliation will be treated as a new and additional violation of the code of conduct.

    B. Forms of Retaliation. Retaliation is harmful action taken against someone who has made a report, filed a formal complaint, provided testimony, assisted, or in some other way participated or chosen not to participate in any manner in a disciplinary investigation or process. Retaliation could also include actions taken against someone who has intervened as a bystander to stop or attempt to stop misconduct.

    Retaliation can include intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against an individual because of their participation or failure to participate in a disciplinary process, or because they opposed behavior that was a violation of the college’s code of conduct. Retaliation may also include bringing charges against someone for code of conduct violations that arise out of the same facts or circumstances as a report or formal complaint of sexual misconduct, such as for drug or alcohol use.

    If the actions directed at that individual would deter a reasonable person in the same circumstances from reporting misconduct, participating in a disciplinary process, or opposing behavior in violation of the college’s code of conduct, it is deemed retaliatory.