Policies

Babson College uses its Title IX Policy to address reports from Babson students and employees, or individuals seeking to participate in College programs or activities, who claim they were harmed by Babson community members who engaged in Title IX Prohibited Conduct (as defined in the Title IX Policy). In accordance with Federal law, Babson’s Title IX Policy has limited scope and jurisdiction. However, Babson’s Gender-Based Misconduct (GBM) Policies broadly prohibit all Babson students, employees, and affiliated persons from engaging in any form of gender-based misconduct (defined in the GBM Policies), regardless of where an incident occurred.

Some conduct is prohibited under both the Title IX and GBM Policies. If someone reports that they have experienced gender-based misconduct, Babson’s Title IX Coordinator will assess whether the report falls under the scope and jurisdiction of Title IX, such that Babson’s Title IX Policy’s grievance process would apply if the complainant chooses to file a formal complaint. A notable difference between the grievance process under Babson’s Title IX Policy, and the grievance process under GBM Policies, is that under the GBM Policies, investigators appointed by the Title IX Coordinator reach findings of fact and also determine whether the respondent is responsible for violating policies as charged, and the parties do not have to participate in any common meetings or hearings; alternatively, the Title IX Policy’s grievance process includes an initial investigative fact gathering process, followed by a subsequent independent Hearing where a Hearing Panel decides, based only on evidence presented at the live hearing which includes cross examination of participating parties and witnesses, if a respondent more likely than not violated Title IX.

Any individual, regardless of their status or affiliation with Babson, can disclose concerns about potential gender-based misconduct to Babson’s Title IX Coordinator and receive information about available support and the options to file a formal complaint with the College under applicable policies, and/or to file a report with law enforcement, without having any obligation to participate in a College grievance process, or take any other action. Individuals who have questions about any of the below policies are encouraged to contact Babson’s Title IX Coordinator, Betsy Rauch.

Any Babson College faculty member or other Babson community member who has academic responsibility towards students (as defined in section 6.2.4 of the Faculty Handbook), is strictly prohibited from engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with any currently enrolled Babson College student—even if both parties in the relationship believe the relationship is consensual, and even if the non-student community member does not teach, evaluate or advise the student now or intend to do so in the future. Such romantic or sexual relationships violate both section 6.2.4 of the Faculty Handbook and Babson’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Faculty, Staff and Affiliated Persons.

Babson College non-student community members who do not have academic responsibility towards students, but whose job duties or responsibilities include advising, coaching, mentoring, or evaluating students, or who are responsible for students’ physical or emotional well-being, are also strictly prohibited from engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with any currently enrolled Babson College students.

Non-student community members who serve in other roles at the College are strongly discouraged from engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with currently enrolled Babson students, as they may be found responsible for violating College policy if their conduct creates a hostile environment related to sex for any member of the Babson community.