Sexual Misconduct & Title IX
Title IX requires all universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. Universities must take immediate action to eliminate the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. BU is committed to promptly investigating the circumstances of a complaint to determine what occurred, ensure complainant safety, and provide remedies. Learn more here.
Never promise students confidentiality with respect to incidents of possible sexual misconduct. While you can reassure students that you will treat their information with sensitivity and discretion, you are mandated to report the information they convey to you.
If a student tells you about an incident of sexual misconduct, you are obligated to report the incident to one of the Wheelock Title IX Deputy Coordinators or to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Basic information about sexual misconduct and reporting can be found on the Sexual Misconduct Report Form, which should be submitted to the Wheelock Title IX Deputy Coordinators. Learn more about sexual misconduct issues here.
Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP)
The SARP Center provides confidential care, support, and advocacy for victims of sexual assault, while simultaneously promoting awareness and prevention programs on campus. Their assistance to BU students is free of charge. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, but counselors are on call 24 hours a day at 617-353-7277. Learn more about off-campus resources for students, should they prefer to seek services from other providers, and the SARP Center here.