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:


Assure that processes for handling charges of sexual assault or harassment are accessible, understandable, fair, and effective.


Review how the College can improve its support services for survivors of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.


Evaluate and assess the ways in which information is communicated to the community and how we can clarify and improve this process.

For additional feedback and suggestions, please contact co-chairs Zena Clift, associate dean of advising ( and Shannon DaSilva, director of survival support and Title IX deputy coordinator for students ( Please be sure to indicate Advisory Council in the subject line.

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