What to Do If You or Someone You Know Has Experienced Sexual Assault or Sexual Misconduct at UMass Amherst – Title IX

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to fulfilling requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to foster a safe learning environment by responding promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct.

What to Do

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault/sexual misconduct:

Get to a safe place as soon as you can.

This can be your room, a friend’s room, a public space – anywhere you feel safe. You can call 911 or the UMass Police Department (UMPD) at 413-525-2121. The Center for Women and Community's Rape Crisis hotline is available 24/7. 

If it’s night, and you don’t want to walk alone, campus safety escorts are available 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. during the academic year.

Seek medical attention.

Go to University Health Services (UHS) or call UHS at 413-577-5000 as soon as possible, before showering. Exams must be performed within five days of the assault to assure evidence quality.

UHS is a designated SANE site, providing confidential, compassionate services for female, male and transgender survivors. SANE certified nurses and physicians are specially trained to provide quality care and forensic evidence collection to sexual assault survivors. You don’t need to make a police report to get medical care or have evidence collected.

UHS can help you obtain the services of a counselor advocate from the Center for Women and Community (CWC) and or work with the UMass Police Department and other police departments as necessary. 

The UHS Shuttle offers free rides from residence halls to the main UHS building. Rides can be scheduled until a half hour before UHS’ closing time by calling UMass Transit, (413) 577-7425. 

Report the incident.

We strongly encourage you to report any incident of sexual assault or sexual misconduct as soon as possible, even if you are unsure if you will seek to prosecute your assailant.