Sexual Offense Resources
Hampshire College believes that sex is an experience that should be freely chosen, respectful, consensual, and enjoyable. We strive to create a violence-free campus and are committed to implementing prevention strategies and providing victims/survivors with support, services, and information.
Resources for Students Regarding Sexual Violence
If you are in need of support, please use the resources listed below during the academic year.
Individuals on campus have been identified to a survivor without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the College. A survivor can seek assistance and support from these individuals without initiating a College investigation that could reveal the survivor’s identity or that the survivor has disclosed the incident.
While maintaining a survivor’s confidentiality, these individuals or their office(s) should report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX coordinator. This limited report--which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the survivor--helps keep the Title IX coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on and off campus so the coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX coordinator, these individuals will consult with the survivor to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX coordinator.
- Emily Rimmer, director for Queer/Women Services, Center for Feminisms 413.559.5320
A survivor who speaks to a professional or non-professional counselor or advocate must understand that, if the survivor wants to maintain confidentiality, the College will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator. A survivor who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the school or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates will provide the survivor with assistance if the survivor wishes to do so.
Even so, these counselors and advocates will still assist the survivor in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working, or course schedules.
NOTE: While these professional and non-professional counselors and advocates may maintain a survivor’s confidentiality vis-à-vis the College, they may have reporting or other obligations under state law.
Taken from: Hampshire College Student Handbook, “Privileged and Confidential Communications,” https://handbook.hampshire.edu/node/170 (accessed 2 Sept 2014)
If you want to report sexual violence that has taken place on the Hampshire campus, please contact Zauyah Waite, Title IX coordinator, VP of student affairs and dean of students, Merrill Student Life Center, 2nd floor, 413.559.5412, zwSA@hampshire.edu
Center for Women and Community (sexual offenses, domestic violence, and intimate partner violence)
- University of Massachusetts Amherst, 180 Infirmary Way, New Africa House Amherst, MA
- Free individual counseling; possibly support groups; police advocacy
- Local students can be put on waitlist for groups
- 24-hour hotline and 24 hour medical advocacy, 413.545.0800
- Website is http://www.umass.edu/ewc
Safe Passage (domestic violence)
- 43 Center Street, Suite 304, Northampton, MA, 413.586.1125
- Free individual counseling, support groups (including a drop-in group, requiring no prior sign up, and support groups specifically for women of color and Spanish speakers)
- 24-hour hotline
- Shelter in a confidential location (call for openings)
- Legal advocacy
- Children's Advocate.
- Website is http://www.safepass.org
- Womanshelter/Companeras in Holyoke, MA http://www.womanshelter.org, 413-536-1628. 24 hour hotline 877.536.1628.
- YWCA in Springfield, MA, http://www.ywworks.org. 24 hour domestic violence sexual assault hotline 413.733.7100.
- New England Center for Women in Transition (NECWIT) in Greenfield, MA, http://www.nelcwit.org. 24-hour hotline 413.772.0806.
Mass.gov lists Massachusetts rape crisis centers (Each state government's website lists the rape crisis centers in their areas)
- Centralized hotline for all openings in domestic violence shelters in MA
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Centralized hotline for all openings in domestic violence shelters in all 50 states
The Victims Rights Law Center
- 617.399.6720, x19
- Helps survivors who have experienced a sexual assault with the legal process.
If you have questions about this information, support options, or resources, please contact the dean of students office at 413.559.5412.