Policy and Procedures
Title IX requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds 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. Regardless of whether a complainant files a criminal action, BU will undertake its own investigation of the circumstances of the complaint.
University Policies & Procedures
The Equal Opportunity Office investigates complaints of sexual misconduct against Boston University staff, faculty members, affiliates, or non-affiliates.
The Office of Judicial Affairs investigates complaints of sexual misconduct against Boston University students.
The following Procedures apply to investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct at Boston University:
- Procedures applying to conduct occurring on or after August 14, 2020 (Sexual Misconduct Policy)
- Procedures for the Resolution of Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates
- Procedures for the Resolution of Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Students
- Procedures for the Resolution of Title IX Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, and Non-Affiliates
- Procedures applying to conduct occurring on or before August 13, 2020 (Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy)
Questions about the Sexual Misconduct Policy or Procedures may be addressed to the University Title IX Coordinator, Jean Estevez or to one of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators in the schools, colleges, and certain administrative departments. A list of the Deputy Coordinators may be found here.
For more information, visit the BU Safety website to read BU’s Sexual Misconduct pages which includes more detailed information on the related Policies and Procedures and reporting sexual misconduct. If reporting an incident of Sexual Misconduct, please use this form.
To better understand whether a report belongs to the Title IX or Non-Title IX Process, please use these flowcharts: Title IX Process Flowchart; Non-Title IX Flowchart
BU Today published an article on July 7, 2020 outlining some of the key changes under the new Title IX regulations. That article can be accessed here.