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.

The University complies with all state and federal discrimination laws, including Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. The Boston University Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy (“Policy”) is intended to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment.

A variety of support and counseling resources are available to members of the Boston University community affected by sexual misconduct. 

Confidential Resources

The University encourages all members of the BU community to report any incident of sexual misconduct. The University recognizes, however, that not every person will choose to make a formal report with the University or with local law enforcement. For those who are not prepared to make a report or pursue a complaint, the University provides confidential advocacy, crisis and pastoral counseling, and medical services on campus. Conversations with these individuals are confidential (except as described in Section XI). They can explain options for obtaining additional support from the University and off-campus resources. They can also arrange for medical care and accompany complainants, or arrange for someone to accompany complainants, to seek such care. Complainants may use these resources to talk to someone about an incident of sexual misconduct in a confidential manner whether or not they decide to make an official report or to participate in the University complaint resolution process or the criminal justice system. Conferring with these resources will not trigger an investigation by the University or law enforcement. However, these offices are familiar with the University’s complaint resolution processes, can explain what to expect, and can provide support while University or criminal processes are pending.

Non-Confidential Resources

In addition to confidential resources, all members or the BU community have access to a variety of individuals who are trained to support those affected by sexual misconduct and to coordinate with the Title IX Coordinator consistent with the University’s commitment to a safe and healthy campus environment. While not bound by confidentiality, these resources will nevertheless maintain the privacy of a person’s information within the limited circle of those involved in the Title IX investigation and resolution process. 


Non-Confidential Resources for Law Students

BU Law has numerous non-confidential resources available to support those seeking guidance. For those affected by sexual misconduct, these resources are trained to discuss the reporting process with you and direct you to confidential resources if you are not ready to file a formal report. While not bound by confidentiality, these resources will nevertheless maintain the privacy of a person’s information to the extent possible. All law school faculty and staff are non-confidential resources. 


Additional resources:

Boston University’s Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center Brochure

Information about Sexual Misconduct Procedures at Boston University

Procedures for the Resolution of Sexual Misconduct Complaints against Students at Boston University

Procedures for the Resolution of Sexual Misconduct Complaints against Faculty, Staff, Affiliates and Non-Affiliates of Boston University

Boston University EVERFI Training Resources