Step by Step Guide for Faculty and Staff
As Boston College faculty and staff you are uniquely positioned to assist students who have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or other forms of sexual harassment because you often see the warning signs first, including absence from class or work, decreased productivity, lower grades, or social withdrawal. Students typically tell people who they trust, so you may be one of the first people a student confides in. Below is some
information to assist you in responding.
WHAT IS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT?
- SEXUAL MISCONDUCT is a broad term that encompasses a range of behaviors including all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, as well as other forms of misconduct or violence of a sexual nature, including, without limitation, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation.
- SEXUAL ASSAULT is any sexual penetration or sexual contact with another individual without consent.
- CONSENT is defined as words or actions that clearly indicate voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent is always freely informed and actively given. Silence or lack of resistance does not imply consent. Consent must be ongoing, and it may be withdrawn at any time. Consent for one sexual act does not imply consent for any subsequent sexual activity.
If a student discloses a sexual assault to you:
Step 1. Care
Care for the student
Ensure that they
WHAT DO I SAY?
Sexual assault can be a difficult topic to discuss, particularly given your reporting responsibilities. Below is a suggestion for how you might approach the conversation:
“I appreciate what you have been able to share with me. Before you tell me more, I want to let you know that I will need to contact Katie O’Dair, the Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator. She is the one person on campus whose responsibility it is to know about incidents of sexual assault and she helps support students and coordinate possible next steps.”
SEXUAL ASSAULT NETWORK (SANet)
Sexual Assault Network (SANet): 617-552-2211
- 24/7 private hotline for anyone affected by sexual violence (even if the caller is not a survivor)
- Staffed by trusted and trained advocates
Advocates assist callers with:
- Understanding all options available to survivors or friends of survivors, including accompaniment through this often difficult journey
- Seeking professional support (on or off campus)
- Seeking medical evaluation and treatment (on or off campus)
- Seeking evidence collection
- Reporting internally or through the police department
Please note that SANet utilizes cell phones and advocates may at times be in areas without service.
Callers are encouraged to leave a message or to call back.
COUNSELING AND SUPPORT
Women’s Center, Office of Health Promotion
Rachel DiBella: 617-552-2735
- Advocates for survivors
- Provides all available options/next steps with survivors or friends of survivors
- Accompanies survivors on their healing journey
University Counseling Services
617-552-3310 (day); 617-552-3227 (nights and weekends)
- Provides professional and confidential counseling; psychologist on-call 24 hours
- Counseling available for survivors as well as friends.
Mission and Ministry
Maura Colleary: 617-552-843 or Rick Rossi: 617-552-6592
- Offer pastoral counseling and spiritual direction to survivors and friends.
STUDENT REPORTING OPTIONS
Office of the Dean of Students
Kristen O’Driscoll: (617) 552–9294; Richard DeCapua: (617) 552–3470; or Administrator On-Call (outside of normal business hours) through Boston College Police.
- Offers information to students about options through the internal conduct system as well as guidance and support regarding academic and housing concerns.
- Provides students with details for stay-away orders and other immediate concerns.
Title IX Coordinator
- Katie O’Dair: 617-552-3482
- Oversees the University’s response to sexual violence reports.
Ensures that appropriate measures are taken to mitigate possible hostile environments.
Boston College Police
- (617) 552-4444 (emergency); (617) 552-4440 (non-emergency)
- Provides assistance with medical treatment and assistance in pursuing legal action both on and off campus.
- Offers transportation to local hospitals for related medical services.
- Will take a report from a student and a specially trained officer will conduct an investigation which may involve questions about the context, the assailiant, the scene of the crime, and any witnesses.