The College encourages survivors of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened so they can get the support they need and so the College can respond appropriately. There are multiple channels for reporting to the College, to law enforcement, or to both or to neither. Survivors may also decide they want to talk to someone confidentially first or during the time they are also making a report. This document is intended to raise awareness to our students of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available so they can make informed choices about where to turn should they or someone they know become a victim of sexual violence.
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.
You can find more information about support and resource options at hampshire.edu/studentlife/sexual-respect.htm.
Other employees may talk to a survivor in confidence, and generally only report to the College that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not initiate a College Title IX investigation into an incident against the survivor’s wishes. They must report anonymously for Clery Act purposes.
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).
If a survivor would like to speak to someone about filing a formal complaint, interim safety measures, or alternate/informal resolutions, they 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. Title IX team members are private, not confidential. Private resources share information with only those they are required to by law or job function.
Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both 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:
If you are experiencing an emergency on campus and need immediate medical assistance, call campus police at 413.559.5555 or x1911 from an on-campus phone. Campus police will also provide transportation to off-campus resources for exams.
Finally, you are a campus resource. 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 at Hampshire:
Call campus police at 413.559.5555 if you are concerned for someone’s safety.
If you hear someone acting or speaking in a manner that is offensive, demeaning, or abusive to a targeted person or group of people, let them know it makes you uncomfortable and ask them to stop.
If you are aware that sexual misconduct has taken place, you may report the offense yourself and/or encourage the victim/survivor to report the offense and seek support.