The College encourages individuals who have experienced gender-based misconduct to promptly talk to somebody about what happened, so that they can get the support they need and the College can respond appropriately. The College will take seriously every report of gender-based misconduct, offering appropriate support and allowing individuals to maintain as much control as possible over their situation. When considering who to speak with about something that happened, it is important to understand the difference between confidential, and non-confidential resources.
There are some individuals that are considered confidential resources and therefore, are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator, or others at the College, without an individual’s permission. For more details about confidential resources , please visit the Confidential Reporting website.
A “responsible employee” is a College employee who has the authority to redress gender-based misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of gender-based or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. All Babson College staff and faculty members, with the exception of those listed on the confidential reporting website, are considered responsible employees. Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors are also considered responsible employees. When a complainant tells a responsible employee about an incident of gender-based misconduct, the College will review what happened without delay and address the matter promptly and equitably.
A responsible employee must promptly report to the Title IX coordinator all relevant details they learn from any source about alleged gender-based misconduct committed by or impacting any community member. The College will then take steps to provide the reported victim/survivor with rights and resource information. Responsible employees must tell the Title IX coordinator all information they know relating to a report of potential gender-based misconduct – including the names of the victim and accused (if known), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.
To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with those responsible for handling the College’s response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the complainant’s consent or unless the complainant has also reported the incident to law enforcement or the employee is otherwise required by law to do so.
Before a complainant reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should, if possible, seek to ensure that the complainant understands the employee’s reporting obligations. If the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, the employee should direct the complainant to confidential resources.
If the complainant wants to tell the responsible employee what happened, but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the complainant that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Title IX coordinator of the complainant’s request for confidentiality.
Responsible employees will not pressure a complainant to request confidentiality or to make a full report if the complainant is not willing to do so. The College will seek to honor and support the complainant’s wishes.