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 – reporting form.
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.
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:
- Dean of Students Office | 617-353-4126
- Title IX Coordinator Kim Randall | 617-353-9286
- Deputy Title IX Coordinators
- Boston University Police Department | 617-353-2121
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:
- Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit | 617-343-4400
- Brookline Police Detective Bureau | 617-730-2244
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the University’s Title IX Coordinator at 617-353-9286 or email@example.com.
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.
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:
- BU Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center
617-353-7277 | firstname.lastname@example.org
930 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
- Boston University Chaplains
- Student Health Services
- Behavioral Medicine
- Office of the Ombuds
Charles River Campus: 617-358-5960
Medical Campus: 617-638-7645
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.
- The Office of Judicial Affairs will investigate the allegation.
- The Dean of Students may take interim measures (discussed below) to stop the misconduct, as appropriate.
- 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.
- If the Dean of Students determines (either initially or finally) that sexual misconduct has occurred, he or she will impose sanctions.
- Both you and the accused student have an opportunity for appeal.
Upon the filing of a sexual misconduct complaint, the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students, OJA, or a Title IX Coordinator will review the allegations and determine the necessity and scope of any supportive measures to prevent further acts of harassment, misconduct, or retaliation and to provide a safe educational and work environment. The range of supportive measures may include, but not be limited to:
- Moving the complainant’s or respondent’s residence.
- Adjusting the complainant’s or respondent’s work schedule, assignment, or location for University employment. Changing the complainant’s academic schedule, allowing the complainant to take an incomplete in one or more courses, allowing the complainant to drop (or retake) a course without penalty, or attend class via web conference.
- Changing the complainant’s transportation arrangements or providing an escort to ensure safe movement between classes and other activities.
- Allowing the complainant to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, or extending deadlines for examinations or other assignments.
- Reassigning the complainant or the respondent to another section, if the complainant and respondent are enrolled in the same lecture, discussion class, academic team, or project group.
- Providing access to tutoring or other academic support.
- Issuing an administrative “stay-away” (no contact) order.
- Interim suspension of the respondent.
The University will maintain as confidential any accommodations or supportive measures provided to the complainant and respondent to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the University to provide the accommodations or supportive measures.
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.