Resources to Help Support and Protect Our Community as a Safe and Inclusive Environment
The College & Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive academic community in which all of our faculty, staff, and students can be successful regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, background, or any other characteristic protected by law. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on these characteristics and all faculty, staff, and students are responsible for ensuring that Boston University is a safe place to work, study, and live. Boston University offers resources to support and protect our community. Please find links to many of these resources below.
Protection Against Gender Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct: Title IX
Title IX of the the United States Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Boston University (BU) is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. BU provides many resources to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, including all forms of sexual misconduct.
Faculty and staff are mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct. This means they have an obligation to promptly report incidents or complaints of sexual misconduct to one of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
For more information on Title IX, visit the Title IX Blog http://title-ix.blogspot.com/
Arts & Sciences Deputy Title IX Coordinators
The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences has three Deputy Title IX Coordinators who work closely with Kim Randall, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity at BU and University Title IX Coordinator.
- Faculty and Staff: Laura Wipf, Director of Faculty Actions, email@example.com, 3-2404
- Graduate Students: Jessica Aither, Assistant Director of Graduate Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 3-2696.
- Undergraduate Students: Kerry Buglio, Assistant Dean for Advising & Academic Services, email@example.com, 3-2400.
The Deputy Title IX Coordinators are trained to receive complaints and address issues of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct within their respective college, school or administrative unit. They are knowledgeable about and provide information on policies, procedures, resources, and options for complaint resolution. They work closely with the University Title IX Coordinator, the Center for Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SARP), and other University resources as needed to provide services and address issues within their departments.
Responsibilities of Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Promptly reporting complaints or incidents of sexual misconduct to the University Title IX Coordinator;
- Serving as a resource to individuals within their school, college or administrative unit in addressing and resolving complaints;
- Providing up-to-date information on BU’s resources, policies, and procedures;
- Making referrals to SARP or other victim resources;
- Recommending and assisting in implementation of any necessary interim measures to ensure a victim’s safety/well-being;
- Where appropriate, facilitating investigations of complaints or alleged misconduct;
- Communicating with affected parties and educating the community to prevent retaliation against complainants or others who have cooperated in an investigation;
- Assessing training needs within their departments and working with the University Title IX Coordinator to provide training
When should you contact a Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Any student, faculty, staff member, or applicant for admission/employment who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct at BU may seek the assistance of a Title IX Coordinator.
In general, you should contact a Title IX Coordinator if you:
- Believe you have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct and wish to understand your options or file a complaint;
- Learn of a situation involving a student or employee that might warrant intervention;
- Need assistance advising someone who has shared a concern about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct;
- Need help handling a situation involving sex discrimination or sexual misconduct that affects you directly or indirectly;
- Seek guidance on informal remedies or administrative measures to alleviate a difficult situation;
- Have questions about Title IX and/or BU’s resources, policies and procedures.