The University of Massachusetts Amherst

How to Get Support and How to Report Assaults

How to Get Support and How to Report Assaults Involving Students

Who Should report: All “Responsible Employees’ who become aware of a potential incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking or other assault or harassment involving a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst—either as victim[1] or perpetrator[2]—on or off campus, must promptly report the incident(s).  This is subject to exceptions that can apply to attorneys; licensed clinicians, certified rape crisis or domestic violence counselors, or clergy.

All 'Responsible Employees' which include; 

  • Faculty with administrative or supervisory responsibilities (deans and associate deans, heads and chairs, graduate and undergraduate program directors; faculty athletic representatives and directors of centers and institutes);
  • All staff that are academic advisors;
  • All coaches and trainers;
  • All advisors to Registered Student Organizations, intramural sports, and other student groups;
  • All supervising travel external to the university and any contractors doing the same;
  • All personnel in Student Affairs with the exception of confidential employees;
  • Staff in managerial and supervisory roles and
  • Campus police officers (but, see exception noted below);

Exception: Although campus police officers are designated as Responsible Employees, if a student or employee reporting sexual assault or domestic violence requests confidentiality, the campus police officer must not disclose the name of the reporting party to the Title IX Coordinator.

Who to Report to: The Responsible Employee should immediately report the matter to:

  • Your supervisor (who should promptly report to the Dean of Students Office) or report directly to the Dean of Students Office.

What will Happen: The Dean of Students Office will undertake all such investigations, as appropriate under the circumstances and take every precaution to ensure privacy. Cases involving students will be handled by the Dean of Students Office.

How to Help: Encourage the victim/survivor to get support.  The Center for Women & Community provides crisis intervention; advocacy and assistance in getting medical attention for victims/survivors of all genders.  The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health provides mental health crisis counseling.  Both services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are confidential resources.  Victim/Survivors can also contact the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD) and/or the Dean of Students Office.  You can let the victim/survivor know that Dean of Students Office will reach out to them.

What Not to Do: Do not attempt to investigate the matter.

How to Get Support and How to Report Assaults Involving Employees or Contractors

Who Should report: All “Responsible Employees’ who become aware of a potential incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking or other assault or harassment involving faculty or staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst—either as victim[1] or perpetrator[2]—on or off campus, must promptly report the incident(s).  This is subject to exceptions that can apply to attorneys; licensed clinicians, certified rape crisis or domestic violence counselors, or clergy.

All 'Responsible Employees' which include; 

  • Faculty with administrative or supervisory responsibilities (deans and associate deans, heads and chairs, graduate and undergraduate program directors; faculty athletic representatives and directors of centers and institutes);
  • All staff that are academic advisors;
  • All coaches and trainers;
  • All advisors to Registered Student Organizations, intramural sports, and other student groups;
  • All supervising travel external to the university and any contractors doing the same;
  • All personnel in Student Affairs with the exception of confidential employees;
  • Staff in managerial and supervisory roles and
  • Campus police officers (but, see exception noted below);

Exception: Although campus police officers are designated as Responsible Employees, if a student or employee reporting sexual assault or domestic violence requests confidentiality, the campus police officer must not disclose the name of the reporting party to the Title IX Coordinator.

Who to Report to: The Responsible Employee should immediately report to:

  • Your supervisor (who should promptly report to the Office of Equal Opportunity (EO)) or report directly to EO.  

What will Happen: The Office of Equal Opportunity will undertake all such investigations, as appropriate under the circumstances and take every precaution to ensure privacy. Cases involving non-students will be handled by the Office of Equal Opportunity.

How to Help: Encourage the victim/survivor to get support. The Center for Women & Community provides crisis intervention; advocacy and assistance in getting medical attention for victims/survivors of all genders.  The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health provides mental health crisis counseling.  Both services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are confidential resources.  Victim/Survivors can also contact the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD) and/or the Office of Equal Opportunity.  You can let the victim/survivor know that the Office of Equal Opportunity will reach out to them.

What Not to Do: Do not attempt to investigate the matter.

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[1] UMass recognizes that an individual may choose to self-identify as a victim or survivor. On this website, we may use victim, survivor, reporter, reporting party, complaining party.
[2] On this website, we may use perpetuator, accused, respondent, responding party.