How to File a Complaint within Boston College
The decision to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct is solely up to you. Deciding whether or not to report is very difficult for most survivors and may simply not be a step that is possible for you right now. However, please know that the University cares about you and has many resources available to help you in the healing process, and we encourage our students to come forward.
Sexual Assault Network: (617) 552-2211
The Boston College Sexual Assault Network is a 24-hour/seven-days-a-week hotline staffed by trained advocates who provide resources and support for survivors and friends of survivors as they embark on the healing process. You may file a report through the advocate who receives your call.
The Office of the Dean of Students offers five different internal University disciplinary options to survivors if the perpetrator is a BC student:
- Option 1: Speak to a member of the Office of the Dean of Students to gain advice, support, and information. There is no requirement to divulge your name, the perpetrator’s names, or seek action at this point. A survivor may be accompanied by a person of his or her choosing.
- Option 2: Give a member of the Office of the Dean of Students a written report explaining the case and request that the report be kept on file should the survivor decide to seek action at a later date.
- Option 3: Give a member of the Office of the Dean of Students a written report with the name of the perpetrator and ask that he/she be contacted and given a “Stay Away Order,” which prevents any contact with the survivor. The perpetrator would also be informed that a complaint is outstanding. Further action may be taken at any time the survivor chooses.
- Option 4: Give a member of the Office of the Dean of Students a written report and ask that the case proceed to an on-campus conduct hearing and disciplinary process and/or legal action to be taken.
- Option 5: If you or the survivor were assaulted off-campus, BCPD and the Office of the Dean of Students can assist in pursuing external judicial options.
The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with students to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to address complaints and protect the safety and well-being of survivors.
BC Police are trained and available to respond immediately to Boston College survivors and provide:
- Assistance with medical treatment
- Assistance in pursuing legal action both on and off campus
If you choose to report the incident to the Boston College Police, a specially trained officer will conduct an investigation which involves asking you to describe the assailant and what happened. An officer may ask questions about the scene of the crime, any witnesses, and what happened before and after. The officer will collect any evidence, including assisting you to a hospital to have a sexual assault evidence collection kit performed if you choose, and will assist you in meeting with a Victim Witness Advocate. If you choose to speak with the District Attorney’s Office or the Office of the Dean of Students, the officer will assist you in meeting with them. The officer will support you through the investigation process.