Advisory Council on Sexual Misconduct and Campus Safety
Hampshire College has a moral and a legal obligation to assure that every member of our community is protected from sexual assault and harassment, and to take action to investigate and address violations of federal or state laws, College policies, or community standards. Beyond our legal obligations, we are also committed to providing support, counsel, and assistance to those who are victims of sexual assault or harassment, and educating the members of our community about their responsibility to respect and support each other.
The council will document recent concerns expressed by community members and will meet with students, staff, and faculty to gather information and make recommendations to the President by spring 2017 on the following:
Education and Prevention:
Review training procedures to assure that members of the community understand their rights and responsibilities relating to sexual assault and harassment, and that those who have specific roles under our policies feel adequately prepared to perform those roles. In addition, assess the education that is given to student around these issues both in terms of prevention and response. Assessment will include evaluating education around:
- Responsible Reporting
- How to support survivors
- Bystander Intervention
- Prevention of sexual and relationship violence
- Changing rape culture from the bottom up
- Healthy relationships
- Safer sex
- Federal laws and requirements
- Title IX vs. legal (criminal or civil) court process
Assure that processes for handling charges of sexual assault or harassment are accessible, understandable, fair, and effective.
- Current policy can be found here
- Sanctions: What are they and what are they not?
- Title IX process: What happens when someone files a formal complaint
- Ongoing training for the Title IX team
- What are the federal laws and offices that impact Title IX and our response to violence on campus:
Review how the College can improve its support services for survivors of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.
- Peer supports
- Confidential resources
- Counseling Services
- Other counseling and advocacy on campus
- Support for complainant and respondent during the Title IX process
- Are there enough supports for all different populations on campus?
- Is there a wider range of types of supports? How could we broaden this beyond talk therapy?
- Resources in the community outside of Hampshire College
- Other resources ON campus
- Student groups that work on these issues
Evaluate and assess the ways in which information is communicated to the community and how we can clarify and improve this process.
- Who are responsible reporters?
- Where is information on the website and how can we make information easier to find?
- How are students more likely to look for information when they need it?
- How/when/where is the best place for students to ask about rumors and get accurate answers?
- How to address a culture of mistrust?
- Howe do we bridge relationships between staff, student, and faculty members?
- How can/should we use social media to disseminate information appropriately?
- Many people don't want to talk about sexual assault or relationship violence unless it happens to them or someone they care about. How can we encourage individuals to see themselves are part of the solution/prevention?
- Include an implementation of a Campus Climate Survey to collect data from students about awareness of resources, policies, and support around these issues.
- Consider Campus Climate Survey. Working with Hampshire's Title IX team, develop a campus climate survey to issue in FY17
For additional feedback and suggestions, please contact co-chairs Zena Clift, associate dean of advising (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Shannon DaSilva, director of survival support and Title IX deputy coordinator for students (email@example.com). Please be sure to indicate Advisory Council in the subject line.
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Shannon Da Silva
Student Life Coordinator, Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students, Co-Chair
Brianna Deane F15
Elizabeth Lazowski F13
Kaylie Vezina F14