If you would like to seek assistance or support, but do not want the College to investigate or take any action at the time, you may speak with one of the College's confidential resources. These include health and counseling services, licensed mental health professionals, and ordained clergy. Confidential off-campus resources are also available. Confidential resources have the primary mission of addressing the needs of the individual who is reporting, rather than the community as a whole, and have been granted certain legal confidentiality privileges to facilitate this. Thus, individuals may speak with these resources openly without concern of initiating an investigation, as long as there is no immediate threat to safety to the complainant or the community.
A number of private resources are also available on campus. Private resources share information with only those they are required to by law or job function. Private resources are not considered confidential, as they are required to report to the Title IX coordinator.
Confidential Assistance On Campus
- Health and Counseling Services: Health and counseling services offers professional medical and mental health (counseling) services at no charge to students. Medical services include attending to injuries and discussing and providing emergency contraception and STI prophylaxis if there is a risk of pregnancy or of contracting an STI. If you want medical or counseling services, contact health and counseling services at 413.559.5458.
- Liza Neal, director of spiritual life and ordained minister: If you want to report confidentially and receive spiritual counseling call 413.559.5282 or visit the spiritual life website.
Confidential Assistance Off Campus
- Center for Women and Community: The Center for Women and Community (formerly the Everywoman's Center) offers sexual assault and relationship violence services to the Five Colleges and the greater community. It has a year-round, 24-hour hotline, and offers individual counseling and support groups. The Center for Women and Community's services are available to people of all genders; they can be reached by calling 1.888.337.0800.
- The SANE (sexual assault nurse exam): Victim/survivors who are considering filing criminal charges, or who want to keep their options open in the future, are advised to get a SANE exam to collect medical evidence. The exam can be completed for up to five days after the assault, but it is best to collect evidence as soon after the assault as possible. The exam is free of charge, is completely confidential, and is available at University Health Services (UHS) at University of Massachusetts Amherst when they are open, or at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after hours. If you have questions about the services at UHS, please call 413.577.5000 and ask to speak to the triage nurse. Even if you decide not to have the exam, it is advisable to seek medical attention, especially if penetration, bruising, or injury occurred, so that you can receive care and medication to prevent pregnancy or STIs.
- Employee Assistant Program/Wellness Corporation The program offers free confidential assessment and referral services, and short-term counseling to help you and anyone living in your household work through life's challenges. Employees and their household members are each eligible for three voluntary referral counseling sessions, per issue, per calendar year. The EAP has helped people effectively deal with a variety of issues including: anger, anxiety, grief, communication problems, drinking or drug use, domestic violence, eating disorders, marital/relationship/family concerns, mood swings, depression, parenting, stress (at work, home, or financial), suicidal thoughts, work issues, or performance problems, etc.
Legal Action: Sexual offenses are against the law (though legal definitions may vary from the definitions laid out in this policy) and you may choose to prosecute legally and/or seek legal protection through a restraining order or campus trespass order. Even if you do not want to pursue legal resolution at this time, or are unsure, you may want to see the SANE. Campus police can assist in filing a police report, connecting you with the local police department, and the district attorney's office. Additionally, it is always a student's right to contact the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 617.289.0111 or OCR.Boston.ed.gov.
State and Federal Remedies
In addition to the above, if an employee believes that he or she has been subjected to a sexual harassment or offense, the employee may file a formal complaint with either or both of the government agencies set forth below. Using the College's complaint process does not prohibit the employee from filing a complaint with these agencies. Each of the agencies has a short time period for filing a claim (EEOC, 300 days; MCAD, 300 days).
1. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203, 800.669.4000.2. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination ("MCAD") Boston Office: One Ashburton Place, Sixth Floor, Rm. 601, Boston, MA 02108, 617.994.6000. Springfield office: 436 Dwight Street, Second Floor, Rm. 220, Springfield, MA 01103, 413.739.2145.
Private Assistance On Campus
- The Title IX team: This is a group of administrators whose role is to oversee various parts of Title IX compliance. Please visit the on campus resources and support section of hampshire.edu/sexualrespect for a full list of the Title IX team and a description of their individual responsibilities.
- The Wellness Center: Provides educational programming and support resources on many health and well-being topics, including sexual offenses. Visit the Wellness Center or call 413.559.5743 for more information.