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Get Answers: Understanding Your Options After an Assault

IMMEDIATE HELP: If you or someone you know has been assaulted in the last five days (120 hours):


Go to a safe place as soon as you can.  Call the Boston College Police, SANet, or University Counseling Services. Taking care of yourself is the first step in the healing process after an assault.

24 Hour Services:

  • Boston College Police: (617) 552-4444. The BC Police can also be reached by activating the blue light boxes located throughout campus. The BC Police can assist you in reporting an assault that occurred off campus to the appropriate municipal authorities.

    Please note that if you call the police an investigation will occur.

  • SANet: (617) 552-2211
    The Sexual Assault Network is a 24-hour/seven-days-a-week hotline staffed by trained advocates to provide resources and support the survivor or friend of the survivor as they embark on the healing process.

  • University Counseling Service: Call (617) 552-3310 during the day and (617) 552-3227 on nights and weekends.

    For information on preserving physical evidence and seeking medical attention click here.

REPORTING OPTIONS: HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT IN 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.

Office of the Dean of Students: (617) 552-3470

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.

Title IX Coordinator: Katie O’Dair, katherine.odair@bc.edu or assaultreport@bc.edu | (617) 552-3482

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.

Boston College Police: (617) 552-4444 (emergency); (617) 552-4440 (non-emergency), Maloney Hall

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.