Hampshire College encourages survivors of sexual violence to talk to professional staff about what happened, so they can get the support they need and so the College can respond appropriately.
Hampshire staff have differing abilities to maintain a survivor’s confidentiality. Below is a list of campus resources and the confidential disclosure options they provide, so survivors of sexual violence can make informed choices about whom to consult.
If a survivor would like to speak to someone about filing a formal complaint, interim safety measures, or alternate/informal resolutions, that person may talk with someone from the Title IX team. Title IX team members can also help survivors identify and navigate other on- and off-campus supports, including the legal system.
Conversations with the Title IX team members are private; they are not confidential. Private resources share information only with those they are required to by law or job function.
Responsible Reporters: Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of the survivor and alleged perpetrator) to a Title IX team member. A report to these employees (called “responsible employees”) constitutes a report to the College and generally obligates the College to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation. These responsible reporters will report the information you share with them to a member of the Title IX team, who will follow up with the survivor to determine next steps. Responsible employees include:
Other employees may talk to a survivor in confidence, and report to the College only that an incident occurred, without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosure to these employees with not initiate a College investigation.
These private on-campus resources will not take action with the College on information that you report but must report an incident anonymously to comply with the federal Clery Act
Some employees are required to maintain near-complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a "privileged communication."
These confidential on- and off-campus resources resources will not take action with the College on the information you report.
If you are experiencing an emergency on campus and need immediate medical assistance, call campus safety and security at 413.559.5555 or x1911 from a campus phone. Campus safety and security will also provide transportation to an off-campus resource for exams.
Hampshire encourages all students to be active community members and take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct. Here are some steps you can take to intervene:
For more details and a full copy of Hampshire’s Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy, click here.