Reporting

The University strongly encourages you to report any incidents 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.

Where to Report

You may report sexual misconduct to on-campus authorities, off-campus authorities, or both.

You can pursue criminal charges by working with the Boston University Police Department or other local law enforcement agencies, including the Boston Police Department and the Brookline Police Department.

In addition, you can report sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. If the assailant is a BU student, he or she may have violated the Code of Student Responsibilities and be subject to University sanctions.

On Campus

All forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, are violations of Boston University’s policies. You may report sexual misconduct to any of the following University officers or departments:

Off Campus

Many forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking, are crimes. You can report sexual misconduct to Boston University Police or to your local police department, including:

Your report is not a commitment to prosecute.

Whether you report to the University police or an outside police department, it is likely that the University’s Title IX Coordinator will follow up with you. It is up to you whether to cooperate with the Title IX Coordinator’s investigation and/or the University’s disciplinary procedures.

If you need assistance making a report, please contact the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) at 617-353-7277 or sarp@bu.edu, or the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 617-353-9286 or krandall@bu.edu.

What Happens When You Report

Reporting to BU Faculty/Staff

With few exceptions (discussed below under “Confidential Resources”), if you report an incident of sexual misconduct to a University faculty or staff member (including resident advisors), that faculty or staff member is obligated to report the incident to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing investigations of sexual misconduct.

Although the faculty or staff member must notify the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will try to respond to the report, consistent with your request for confidentiality. However, you should know that a request for confidentiality may limit the University’s ability to investigate the matter and, in certain circumstances (when your safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, for example), it may not be possible to maintain confidentiality.

On Campus

Faculty and staff members acting in their capacities as physicians, therapists, or clergy members are exempt from the obligation to report sexual misconduct reports to the Title IX Coordinator:

Off Campus

BU’s Disciplinary Process

If your allegation of sexual misconduct is against a Boston University student, the University will follow the procedures outlined in the Student Procedures, which are summarized below.

  1. The Office of Judicial Affairs will investigate the allegation.
  2. The Dean of Students may take interim measures (discussed below) to stop the misconduct, as appropriate.
  3. Using a preponderance of the evidence standard (see below), Dean of Students determines whether there has been a violation of the Code of Student Responsibilities.
  4. If the Dean of Students determines (either initially or finally) that sexual misconduct has occurred, he or she will impose sanctions.
  5. Both you and the accused student have an opportunity for appeal.

Interim Measures

If you report sexual misconduct, the University will take appropriate steps to protect you, as necessary, including taking interim steps before the final outcome of the University’s investigation. For example, the Dean of Students may relocate an accused student’s residence or issue a “stay away” order to the accused student. If you make an anonymous report or decide not to pursue recourse through the disciplinary process, the University will still make reasonable efforts to address your allegations.

Evidentiary Standard

In all matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct against students, the University will use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard to determine whether a violation occurred. This standard requires that the evidence supporting a finding is more convincing than the evidence against the finding.