Sexual Misconduct

Boston University is committed to fostering a safe learning environment for all members of the University community and preventing sexual misconduct. All forms of sexual misconduct, including rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment are violations of Boston University’s policies, whether they happen on campus or off campus.

What to Do

If you have experienced sexual misconduct or are a friend or relative of someone who has, some suggested next-steps are described on this site, including getting to a safe place, reporting the incident, and connecting with experienced counselors. Read more

Reporting

BU strongly encourages you to report any incident of sexual misconduct as soon as possible, even if you are unsure whether you will seek prosecution of the assailant. Your report is not a commitment to prosecute. Here, you’ll find detailed information about reporting, confidentiality, BU’s disciplinary process, and counseling and other resources. Read more

Title IX & BU Policies

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. BU has appointed a Title IX Coordinator and created policies to ensure compliance with this important legislation. Read more

Definitions

Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to: sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person or persons. It’s not always obvious if something is sexual misconduct—this site includes some examples of sexual misconduct as well as definitions of sexual harassment, sexual assault/rape, and consent. Read more

Legal & Educational Resources

Find legal resources as well as information on sexual misconduct prevention and educational resources, including self-defense classes offered by the BUPD. Read more