Sexual Violence Policy & Resources

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED AND NEED IMMEDIATE HELP

  • Go to a safe place as soon as you can.
  • Call one or more of the resources below for support.

24-Hour Services

On-Campus
Student Affairs Emergency After-Hours Number                    (617) 217-9211

Off-Campus
Boston Police                                                                         911 or (617) 343-4911
Taunton Police                                                                      911 or (508) 824-7522
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center                                             (800) 841-8371
New Hope Inc. (Taunton Area)                                               (800) 323-HOPE
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (ER)                             (617) 754-2323


 SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Members of the Bay State College community are expected to behave in ways that demonstrate their care and respect for others. Bay State College students are expected to live within a set of community expectations that ensure the health, safety, and quality of life for all. Sexual violence in any form constitutes one of the most serious violations of respect for others and will not be tolerated within our community. Some forms of sexual violence, often referred to as sexual assault or rape, are punishable by both civil and criminal legal action.

When an allegation of sexual violence is brought to the administration and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to ensure that such actions are never repeated. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. The College’s Sexual Violence Policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Students are responsible for being familiar with and abiding by these standards of conduct.

Sexual Violence Policy

Survivor’s Resource Guide

Quick Resource List

 

TITLE IX

WHAT IS TITLE IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

Bay State College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The College provides many resources to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct and assault.

Kate O’Hara, Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, serves as the College’s Title IX Coordinator, and oversees and provides leadership for the activities of the Title IX deputies, compliance-related responsibilities, and Title IX training.

Kate O'Hara is located on the second floor of 31 St. James Avenue and can be reached at kohara@baystate.edu or (617) 217-9225.

TITLE IX RESPONSIBILITIES

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, the College has appointed Title IX deputies to assist in developing an efficient and effective college response to each complaint and, where appropriate, assist with investigations of particular situations.

The Title IX deputies are:

  • Jeremy Shepard, Assistant Dean of Students; 31 St. James Avenue, Second Floor; (617) 217-9218, jshepard@baystate.edu
  • Dustin Martin, Assistant Director of Residence Life; 31 St. James Avenue, Second Floor; (617) 217-9231; dmartin@baystate.edu

WHEN SHOULD YOU CONTACT THE TITLE IX COORDINATORS OR DEPUTIES?

Any student, faculty, or staff member, or applicant for admission who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual violence is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator or a deputy. Contact the coordinator or deputy if you:

  • Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual violence;
  • Learn of a situation that you believe may warrant a College investigation;
  • Have questions about the College’s policies and procedures.