Reporting Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
One of the most important things a victim of sexual misconduct can do is tell someone about it, whether that be the police, a friend, a counselor, a family member, a staff member or a rape crisis center. Deciding whom to talk to about your assault can be difficult, as such Babson has a number of resources available to you to help you and to assist you in keeping a sense of control.
Babson will take seriously every report of sexual misconduct, offering complainants appropriate support and allowing them to maintain as much control as possible over their individual situations. The College recognizes that a complainant may desire confidentiality and may request that the College not investigate or pursue resolution of a report. In such cases the College will maintain confidentiality to the extent permitted by law and other safety considerations. However, the College may determine that it must investigate and pursue resolution of a report, and take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to a charge of sexual misconduct in order to protect the rights, interests and personal safety of the Babson community.
If you want your report to remain confidential, your options for confidential resources are: the physicians and nurse practitioners at Health Services; the counselors, psychologists, psychiatrist, and social workers at Babson Counseling Services (provided by Human Relations Services, Inc.); and some of the chaplains in the Office of Faith and Service. Contact information for these resources is below.
The College provides many other, non-confidential resources to students who have been victims of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. Although the College encourages all students to seek help by means of speaking to someone, it is important to keep in mind that the College is required by law to review and attempt to resolve any allegation of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct that is reported to any College official with the exception of those receiving parties that are confidential resources.
The College also has a duty to report sexual misconduct to Public Safety for federal statistical reporting purposes (as dictated by the Clery Act). All personally identifiable information is kept confidential, but statistical information must be reported regarding the type of incident and its general location (on or off-campus, in the surrounding area, but no addresses are given) for publication in the annual Campus Security Report. This report helps to provide the community with a clear picture of the extent and nature of campus crime, to ensure greater community safety.
Students are strongly encouraged to report alleged sexual misconduct immediately in order to maximize the College's ability to respond promptly in an effective manner. The College will investigate all reports of alleged sexual misconduct against a student regardless of the time that has passed since the incident and its reporting. The College will in no circumstances allow an impending graduation to compromise its investigatory and/or adjudicative processes. The conferral of a degree may therefore be held, if necessary, until resolution of any sexual misconduct charges, provided that a hearing opportunity is scheduled in a prompt manner that can accommodate the parties and their witnesses.
NON-CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS
Babson Public Safety
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Community Standards
Colleen Ryan, Director
Jaclyn Calovine, Coordinator
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
Shannon Finning, Dean of Students
Office of Residence Life
You may speak with your RA, your Area Director, the assistant directors, or director of Residence Life
Office of Academic Services
Sexual Misconduct and Assault and Resource Team (SMART)/Dean On Call
Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (SMART) provides resources, support, and advocacy to victims of sexual assault. As advocates, SMART volunteers assist students by providing information about medical and community resources, as well connecting students to information regarding legal options, personal matters, academic accommodations, and College student conduct process. SMART consists of volunteers drawn from the faculty, administration,and staff. SMART strives to educate the Babson community about issues of sexual assault and harassment.
SMART understands the sensitive nature of sexual assault and seeks to provide a supportive environment for survivors to share their feelings about their experience. SMART is one of the resources provided by Health Services, as part of a campus-wide health education program. Contact Public Safety at 781-239-5555 and ask to be put in contact with the Dean on Call. You are not required to indicate why you are contacting the Dean On Call. The Dean on Call may connect you to a SMART member.
CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS
Babson Counseling through Human Relations Service (HRS)
Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrist, and/or Social Workers
Nurse Practitioners and Physicians only
Office of Faith and Service
Daniel P. Horan, OFM
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-Hour Hotline
BARCC provides info and referrals for rape, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence. BARCC also provides individual and group counseling, support groups, and accompaniment to local hospitals and police stations.
Jane Doe Inc./Safelink
Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence confidential hotline).
The Violence Recovery Program (VRP) at Fenway provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) victims of bias crime, domestic violence, sexual assault, and police misconduct.