As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to my role as a faculty member. It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in this class. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct with the University. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting the Sexual Assault Network (SANet) at 617-552-2211 or by going to the Women’s Center (Maloney 441) Care Team Drop-In Hours which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/bc-sanet-support. (adapted from Purdue University)
In the event that you choose to write or speak about having survived sexualized violence, including rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, Boston College policies require that, as your instructor, I share this information with Melinda Stoops, Boston College’s Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator. Melinda will contact you to let you know about accommodations and support services at Boston College as well as options for holding accountable the person who harmed you. You are not required to speak with her.
If you do not want the Title IX Coordinator notified, instead of disclosing this information to me, you can speak confidentially with the following people on campus and in the community. They can connect you with support services and help explore your options now, or in the future.
- BC’s Sexual Assault Network, available 24/7 at 617-552-2211
- Women’s Center (Maloney 441) Care Team Drop-In Hours. The hours for the semester can be found at https://tinyurl.com/bc-sanet-support
- University Counseling Services at 617-552-3310
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), available 24/7 at 800-841-8371
- Fenway Health, a LGBTQ+ focused care center, available at 617-927-6250
Boston College is committed to upholding standards that promote respect and human dignity in an environment that fosters academic excellence and professionalism. Sexual misconduct and relationship violence in any form are antithetical to the university’s mission and core values, violate university policies, and may also violate federal and state law. Faculty members are considered “Responsible Employees” and are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and relationship violence to Melinda Stoops, Boston College’s Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator. If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking or sexual exploitation, please visit https://tinyurl.com/bc-sanet-support to access information about university support and resources. (Adapted from the University of San Diego)