All members of the Williams community are encouraged to report incidents of sexual misconduct, whether they themselves experienced the incident or whether they observed misconduct against another person.
There are several reasons why the college encourages reporting. First, the college has resources that you can use for support and accommodation after an incident. Second, it is important for the college to know about an incident in order to maintain the safety of the community. Finally, the college offers a way to discipline the person who committed the sexual misconduct if they are a member of the college community. The police offer a way to pursue prosecution whether or not the accused person is a member of the Williams community. If an individual reports or seeks care for an incident of sexual misconduct during which they consumed alcohol or drugs, they will not be subject to disciplinary action regarding the alcohol or drug use.
Reports may be made by email, phone, or in person. People reporting may provide as much or as little detail as they feel comfortable with. To report a sexual assault or other sexual misconduct to the college contact:
● Campus Safety and Security at 413-597-4444
● Any Dean at the Dean of the College’s office at 413-597-4261 or by email
● Title IX Coordinator, Toya Camacho by phone at 413-597-3301, by email to [email protected], or in person at Hopkins Hall Room 110
● Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Marlene Sandstrom by phone at 413-597-4261, by email to [email protected], or in person at Hopkins Hall Room 200
To report a sexual assault to the police dial:
● Williamstown Police Department at 413-458-5733
The on-campus reporting option is not exclusive of other reporting options, such as reporting to the police, and both mechanisms may be employed concurrently or consecutively.
Students should be aware that most college employees have an obligation to report any sexual misconduct of which they become aware to the Title IX Coordinator. More information about confidential resources for students, including a list of college employees who are designated as confidential and generally do not have an obligation to report sexual misconduct can be found in the Confidentiality and Privacy section of the college’s Title IX website.
After the college receives a report of sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator (referred to collectively here as “a Title IX coordinator”) will promptly contact the person who was reported as having experienced the sexual misconduct to discuss the availability of supportive measures and to explain the process for filing a formal complaint. Supportive measures, which are available regardless of whether a formal complaint is filed, are discussed in more detail in Section 4 below. If the person reporting is not the person who experienced the misconduct, a Title IX coordinator will usually also contact the person who made the report to determine whether that person would like to further discuss the information provided.