This collection of university and professional organization resources and policies is updated regularly. The Archaeology Program welcomes suggestions for additions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. BU policies & Title IX
- Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy: This policy defines key terms, gives examples of covered conduct, discusses confidentiality, and provides guidance on reporting sexual misconduct throughout the University.
- Workplace Violence Prevention Policy: Prohibits violent behavior, physical attacks, verbal or physical threats of violence, physical intimidation, and stalking and property damage, and describes procedures for reporting such situations.
- Policy on Consensual Relationships with Students: Applies to relationships between students and the faculty, staff, or other affiliates who supervise students.
- BU Code of Ethical Conduct: Boston University trustees, officers, and employees are expected to undertake their responsibilities on the University’s behalf with diligence and professionalism and to comply with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness.
- EthicsPoint: Confidential reporting hotline.
II. Statements on diversity, inclusion, equity from BU and archaeological professional organizations
A. BU Statements
- Boston University is committed to fostering an environment that is free from all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment. In support of that commitment, BU takes steps to increase awareness of such misconduct, eliminate its occurrence on campus, provide support for survivors, diligently investigate all reports of sexual misconduct, and deal fairly and firmly with offenders. Creating a safe campus environment and a culture of respect is the shared responsibility of all members of the BU community, individually and collectively.
- As described in more detail below, in this Policy “sexual misconduct” is intended to refer to a broad range of conduct focused on sex and/or gender that may or may not be sexual in nature. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and relationship violence are all forms of sexual misconduct prohibited by law and this Policy.
- Boston University recognizes that sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and other forms of sexual misconduct can have a profound impact on a person’s personal, academic, and work life. The University encourages anyone coping with such a situation to seek help and support. Students who are uncertain of their options or simply need help should call the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (“SARP”) at (617) 353-7277. Faculty and staff may contact the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office (“FSAO”) at (617) 353-5381 for assistance.
- Boston University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment free of all forms of discrimination and harassment for all members of the University community. The University prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, veteran status, or any other protected class.
B. BU Equal Opportunity
- Boston University is committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and secure working environment for its faculty and staff, employees, students and visitors. Violent behavior, threats of violence, or physical intimidation will not be tolerated in the Boston University workplace. If such conduct occurs, it should be promptly reported to the proper authority and investigated. The University will take appropriate action in response to reports of such conduct. Employees found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate dismissal. In addition, the University may assist in pursuing civil penalties, criminal penalties, or other appropriate action against the offender. Student offenders will be subject to the Code of Student Responsibilities in addition to this policy.
- Prohibited conduct in the Boston University workplace includes violent behavior, physical attacks, verbal or physical threats of violence, physical intimidation, stalking, and property damage committed by or against any faculty or staff, or any postdoctoral, graduate, or undergraduate student employed at the University.
C. Professional Societies
- The Society for American Archaeology has a code of conduct (excerpt follows): Everyone is entitled to a safe and harassment-free experience when participating in SAA activities. The SAA understands that participation at its events is an important part of career development and affirms the values of respect, equity, multicultural pluralism, and nondiscrimination at these gatherings. Harassment harms the individual. Harassment also damages the SAA community by discouraging participation in SAA events and compromising the exchange of ideas that is at the center of the SAA’s mission to promote and stimulate interest and research in the archaeology of the Americas and beyond. Because of the importance of the meeting to career development and concerns at the Society about inclusion of marginalized groups in the Society’s events, the SAA has elected in this Policy to give priority to survivors of harassment and assault and to ensure their ability to participate freely in SAA events.
- The Archaeological Institute of America and Society for Classical Studies have set a professional conduct policy (excerpt follows): The AIA and the SCS and their members seek to create an atmosphere at their Annual Meeting in which participants may learn, network, and converse with colleagues in an environment of mutual respect. The AIA and SCS do not seek to limit the areas of inquiry of their members or to curtail robust scholarly debate, rather, the aim is to promote critical and open inquiry free of personal harassment, prejudice, and aggression. Everyone who attends the Annual Meeting is entitled to an experience free from harassment, as well as any kind of bullying or intimidation.
- The Society of Ethnobiology has set a code of conduct (excerpts follow): SoE is committed to ensuring its conferences, meetings, and events foster thoughtful and productive exchanges of information and ideas in a safe and inclusive setting that is free from harassment, discrimination, or violence of any kind. All meeting participants are to be treated with respect and consideration. We encourage members to be mindful of their behavior and reflective on their interactions with others. Registration for Society meetings and events is considered explicit agreement to abide by this Code of Conduct.SoE is devoted to creating a welcoming community where everyone can thrive in their ethnobiological pursuits. The Society intends that conferences, meetings and events are fora where individuals may share their experiences and beliefs while they respect the perspectives and values of others. The Society will strive to hold meetings and events in inclusive spaces by choosing venues that do not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, marital choices, health, epistemological backgrounds and approaches, or other personal choices of participants. Members are encouraged to be welcoming and hospitable to Elders, students, new members, and caregivers.
- The Register of Professional Archaeologists is the organization that establishes and enforces ethical conduct by archaeologists. Their code of conduct and standards of research performance can be found here.
III. What to do when harassment occurs
BU Title IX Reporting
- With few exceptions, 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.
- Visit BU Safety’s Reporting website to review Confidential Resources.
- Faculty & Staff Assistance Office
- Sexual Misconduct Policy
IV. BU resources and support for Title IX, harassment, and assault
Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (“SARP”)
930 Commonwealth Ave.
24-hour hotline: 617-353-SARP (7277)
By email: email@example.com
SARP is a confidential resource that acts outside Massachusetts General Law mandatory reporting requirements.
Student Health Services/Behavioral Medicine
881W Commonwealth Ave., 1st Floor
24-hour hotline: 617-353-3569
Faculty & Staff Assistance Office
Charles River Campus
270 Bay State Road, B-30
Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Ctr.
85 East Newton St., 818 B
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Ombuds
Charles River Campus
930 Commonwealth Ave., 1st Floor
Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Ctr.
85 East Newton St., Suite 818
NON-CONFIDENTIAL CAMPUS RESOURCES
Boston University Police Department
32 Harry Agganis Way
In an emergency: 617-353-2121
Detective Unit: 617-353-3436
Dean of Students Office
George Sherman Union, 3d Floor
775 Commonwealth Ave.
Office of Judicial Affairs
19 Deerfield St., 3rd Floor
Charles River Campus
25 Buick St., 2nd Floor
801 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 400
Student Financial Assistance
881 Commonwealth Ave.
By email: email@example.com
OFF-CAMPUS COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY RESOURCES
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (“BARCC”)
Fenway Health Violence Recovery Program
1340 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
OFF-CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES
Boston Police Department Sexual Assault Unit
Boston Police Department – 911
Brookline Police Detective Bureau
V. Other resources for community-building and safety
- Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB)
- ADVANCEGeo Partnership
- AGU Resources
- ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain, & Organize Women in STEM
- Artemis Project
- ASLO Aquatic Sciences
- BU Graduate Student Women in Science & Engineering (GWISE)
- BU AGREED
- BU Graduate Workers Union
- BU Medical Center Office of the Provost’s Faculty Development
- BU SARP Step Up Step In Intervention Training
- BU School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
- BU Women’s Guild
- First Generation Connect
- Harvard Global Support Services Travel Tools
- Harvard Graduate School Fieldwork
- Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
- UCAR|NCAR Equity & Inclusion
- Ultimate Guide to LGBTQ Dating Safety
VI. In the media
- “How to Avoid Gender-Based Hostility During Fieldwork” (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- “How We Pronounce Student Names, and Why It Matters” (Cult of Pedagogy)
- “Does Your Institution Foster a Culture of Sexual Harassment?” (Earth & Space Science News)
- “How Faculty Advisers Can Be First Responders When Students Need Help” (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- “To Learn Inclusion Skills, Make It Personal” (Nature)
- “How to Speak up When It Matters” (Harvard Business Review)
- “The Key to BU’s Diversity Efforts? Powerful Allies” (BU Today)
Additional Diversity and Inclusion Resources
You can find additional resources here.