This collection is updated regularly. The Department of Earth & Environment welcomes suggestions for additions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Title IX & BU Policies
1. 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.
2. 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.
3.Policy on Consensual Relationships with Students: Applies to relationships between students and the faculty, staff, or other affiliates who supervise students.
4. 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.
5. EthicsPoint: Confidential reporting hotline.
II. Statements on diversity, inclusion, equity
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
- Members of the American Association of Geographers recognize that the conduct of geographic research and analysis, as well as the transmission of geographic theories, concepts, and information, involves a wide variety of ethical considerations. Careful, active examination of those considerations is likely to promote professionalism and courtesy in interactions among geographers and to enhance the positive impacts of the research, teaching, and service undertaken by geographers. The strength of this statement rests on the discussion and reflection it generates, and the careful approach to professional activities it encourages.
- The purpose of the American Geophysical Union is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Scientific integrity and ethics are fundamental to scientific advancement and science cannot flourish without the respectful and equitable treatment of all those engaged in the scientific community. The AGU Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy is a set of principles and practices for professional behavior regarding the practice, learning, training, publishing, and communication of science which governs all AGU members, staff, volunteers, and non-members participating in AGU sponsored programs and activities.
- The Ecological Society of America is dedicated to the science and study of ecology. The society welcomes and encourages participation by all individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a society built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all. Ecologists believe in the need for interdisciplinary study, both in terms of disciplines and participants. We believe in biodiversity both in terms of ecosystems and membership. We will vigorously and proactively reject prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in our profession. ESA further promotes diversity in all areas of activity, including fostering diversity in membership, leadership, committees, staff, outreach, public engagement, recruitment, and all other areas of societal activity.
III. What to do when harassment occurs
A. 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
B. BU Title IX Resources and Support
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
Brookline Police Detective Bureau
IV. Other resources for community-building and safety
- Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB)
- ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain, & Organize Women in STEM
- Artemis Project
- 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
- Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
V. 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)