Sexual Misconduct Reporting

At Simmons College, we recognize the inherent dignity and worth of each member of our community which includes the right to live learn and work in an environment free from sexual misconduct. In compliance with the Massachusetts State Law Chapter 151B, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws, Simmons College prohibits any student, faculty, vendor, staff or visitor from engaging in gender-based misconduct or discriminating against any other member of the Simmons College community.

Sexual misconduct is an umbrella term used to identify a number of forms of unwelcome behavior, of a sexual nature, that are prohibited by law and Simmons policy. The term sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, behaviors often described as sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, stalking, sexual exploitation, and intimate partner or relationship violence. These behaviors violate our community standards and are inconsistent with mutual respect, dignity and personal integrity. Sexual misconduct may occur in any sex or gender configuration — between members of the opposite sex or the same-sex — regardless of gender or gender identity.

The College takes allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and is committed to providing information, resources, and clear direction to the members of the Simmons community so that, together, we can help prevent and address this conduct.

The College supports the principle and spirit of equal employment opportunity for all persons, based on each individual's qualifications and fitness and ensures that all decisions concerning hiring and promotion of faculty and staff, or the educational process of students, are based on considerations appropriate to an academic institution without regard to race, color, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.


The College has designated the Vice President of Talent & Human Capital Strategy as the Title IX Coordinator to comply with Title IX and the College's sexual misconduct policy, Section 504 and other equal opportunity regulations and law. Questions or concerns about Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of the College's equal opportunity or harassment policy should be directed to:

Regina Sherwood
Vice President of Talent & Human Capital Strategy & Title IX Coordinator
THCS Office — Main College Building, C-210
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2082
regina.sherwood@simmons.edu

Regina's office also has primary responsibility for overseeing misconduct reports involving Simmons employees, both faculty and staff.

For student complaints and inquiries, as well as those involving Athletics, the College has a Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Sarah Neill
Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Main College Building, C-211
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2123
sarah.neill@simmons.edu

Simmons College is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working and living environment. Simmons College will not tolerate acts of sexual misconduct or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. When sexual misconduct or sexual violence has occurred and is brought to the attention of Simmons College, the College will take steps to end the prohibited conduct or violence, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects immediately.

Student-on-Student Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct violations are criminal actions defined by lack of consent. These acts can be perpetrated by someone known or unknown, including an acquaintance, spouse, partner, date, relative, friend, or stranger. It can be perpetrated by individuals of any gender, gender identify and expression, and sexual orientation.

Giving consent means freely communicating, through words or actions, your agreement to engage in sexual activity. Silence, a past sexual relationship, a current relationship, or the use of alcohol and/or other drugs by the perpetrator are not excuses for rape or sexual assault and do not imply consent.

Non-consensual sexual contact includes, but is not limited to, actual or attempted nonconsensual or forcible sexual touching, including fondling, kissing, groping, attempted sexual intercourse, digital penetration, and/or penetration with an object.

Non-consensual sexual intercourse (sexual assault) is characterized by penetration, which may be oral, vaginal, or anal, by either a body part or object. It may include an implicit or explicit threat and/or use of force. It can also include circumstances in which an individual is not capable of giving consent because she/he is intoxicated, unconscious, physically incapacitated, mentally impaired, or under the age of 16.

Confidential Resources:

 
Students that wish to keep the details of an incident of sexual misconduct strictly confidential may utilize the following resources:

Simmons Health Center Clinical Staff 94 Pilgrim Road  617-521-1020
Simmons Counseling Center Clinical Staff Palace Road 617-521-2455

Limits on Confidentiality

While Simmons College remains committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a sexual misconduct or sexual assault incident, campus officials that receive notice, whether directly from the student or a third party, are obligated under federal law to initiate an administrative investigation. Immediate steps must be taken to eliminate the sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and respond to the incident's effect on the community, which may include issuing timely campus warnings, coordinating support resources, and initiating educational efforts.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct:

Reporting sexual misconduct does NOT mean that the student has made a commitment to pursue criminal proceedings.

 
Public Safety is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 617-521-1111

 
During business hours, you may also contact the Deputy Student Life Title IX Coordinator:

Sarah Neill, Vice President for Student Affairs & Associate Provost C219-MCB, 617-521-2123, sarah.neill@simmons.edu

300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator will work closely with student affairs deans and directors of the schools in overseeing all investigations. Concerns may be reported to the following individuals:

College of Arts and Sciences  Renee White  617-521-2079 
Raymond.ou@simmons.edu
Graduate School of Library Sciences Eileen Abels  617-521-2882
eileen.abels@simmons.edu
School of Nursing and Health Sciences Judy Beal  617-521-2139
judy.beal@simmons.edu  
School of Management Cathy Minehan 617-521-3806
cathy.minehan@simmons.edu   
School of Social Work Suzanne Sankar 617-521-3946 
Suzanne.sankar@simmons.edu  
Associate Dean for Student Life Raymond Ou    

617-521-2125 raymond.ou@simmons.edu

Associate Dean for Student Life Susan Antonelli    617-521-2117 susan.antonelli@simmons.edu
Director of Athletics         Ali Kantor

617-521-1038 alice.kantor@simmons.edu

 

College Response to Complaint of Sexual Misconduct:

  1. The complainant will be assigned a resource coordinator, who will offer guidance on reporting options and available resources. 
  2.  Interim measures, such as rearranging class schedules, extracurricular activities, dinning, and housing options may be taken. 
  3.  College issued no contact orders may be issued to the complainant and the respondent.

Non-Retaliation Policy

Simmons College is committed to responding to reports of sexual misconduct and encourages members of the community to report such incidents without fear of retaliation or intimidation. Threats, acts of retaliation, or any act of intimidation that discourages reporting or participating in the investigative and/or disciplinary process will result in immediate disciplinary action. Any individual who is threatened should immediately report the concerns to Public Safety at 617-521-1111 or Sarah Neill, VP for Student Affairs/Associate Provost and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at 617-521-2123.

Reporting Options

Option 1: Formal Criminal Complaint

Students have the option of filing a formal complaint through Simmons Public Safety. A Public Safety Officer will document the incident in an official report and arrange a meeting for you with a Rape Investigator from the Boston Police Department. In addition, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator or designee will be notified and follow up with the student as appropriate.

Option 2: Simmons College Disciplinary Process

Students have the option of initiating disciplinary proceedings by filing an official report with any of the staff listed above or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  A thorough and impartial investigation process will be conducted.

The investigation is typically completed under 60 calendar days. If extenuating circumstances warrant additional time, the student affairs administrator must communicate to the complainant any changes to the expected timeline for concluding the investigation.

Option 3: Utilizing both options 1 and 2

Students may choose to utilize both options 1 and 2. A student has the option of pursuing both a criminal investigation and the college's disciplinary process simultaneously.

On-Campus Resources:

Public Safety   E-008

617-521-1112 (non-emergency)

617-521-1111 (emergency)

Student Life MCB, C-211    617-521-2124
Residence Life 94 Pilgrim Road    617-521-1096
Health Center 94 Pilgrim Road 617-521-1020 (ask to speak with a nurse)
Counseling Center Palace Road 305 617-521-2455
After Hours/On-call residence staff
access through Public Safety
617-521-1111 (ask to speak with RD on call)

 

Off-Campus Resources

Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center   617-667-8141
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 617-492-RAPE
Boston Police Department,
Sexual Assault Division
911 or 617-343-4400
Fenway Community Health Center's
Violence Recovery Center
617-927-6250
Casa Myrna Vasquez, Inc. 800-992-2600