Center for Health & Wellness

Sexual Assault Policy

Information for Students

Sexual assaults are terrifying and traumatic. If you have been sexually assaulted it is important to seek medical care and treatment to minimize your risk of HIV exposure, sexually transmitted infections and for women pregnancy. After a sexual assault, it’s not uncommon to feel fearful, confused, guilty, ashamed or isolated. Many people find it helpful to talk with someone about these feelings. Sexual Assault Resources, Prevention, and Response, the College’s resource for sexual assault and rape awareness and prevention, serves to educate men and women about these issues and provides helpful information detailing the immediate steps to take following a sexual assault. See the college's brochure, Sexual Assault: Information for Men and Women, for additional information. There are many concerned and professionally trained people at Emerson College and in the community who are prepared to help you.

Campus Resources: Violence Prevention and Response 617-824-8857

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): 24 Hour Hotline 1-800-841-8371

On-campus Sexual Assault Response Team:

Counseling and Psychological Services 617-824-8595
Dean of Students 617-824-8640
Health and Wellness 617-824-8666
Police Department (24/7) 617-824-8555 — in an emergency: 617-824-8888
Title IX Coordinator 617-824-8580
Housing and Residence Life 617-824-8620

Emerson College does not tolerate sexual assault in any form. All forms of sexual assault are prohibited by the College’s Code of Conduct and are considered felonies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Individuals who violate the law are subject to harsh penalties through a court of law and/or the campus discipline system. Sexual Assault: Information for Men and Women outlines the procedure to file a criminal complaint as well as a complaint through the College’s disciplinary process. You determine what action if any to pursue.

Procedures for Faculty and Staff

A student who has experienced a sexual assault (“student survivor”) may disclose information regarding the assault to any member of the College community. If you receive first-hand information that a sexual assault has occurred from the student survivor you should strongly urge the student survivor to report the event to one of the departments that comprise the Sexual Assault Team. The Sexual Assault Team consists of the professional staff of the following departments and centers: the Campus Police, General Counsel, Counseling, Health and Wellness, Dean of Students, Housing and Residence Life and Human Resources – Title IX Coordinator.

Do not hesitate to call any member of the Sexual Assault Team for consultation and/or assistance.

Sexual Assault Team members will take the following steps as appropriate:

  1. Ensure the safety of the student survivor.
  2. Encourage the student survivor to seek immediate medical treatment to one of the local hospitals. Encourage the student survivor not to shower/bathe, brush teeth, comb hair or change clothes prior to obtaining treatment in order to protect any evidence that can be gathered. The student should bring a change of clothes to the hospital, as clothing worn during the assault will be collected for evidence. If the student survivor has already changed clothes, the clothing worn during the assault should be placed in a brown paper bag and brought to the hospital.
  3. Inform the student survivor of the appropriate resources on campus, such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Center for Health and Wellness, the Campus Police, the Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator or Housing and Residence Life.
  4. Encourage the student survivor to seek emotional support.
  5. Inform the student survivor of his or her option to file a complaint with the Dean of Students (if the perpetrator is also a student), to report the crime to the Police Department or the District Attorney’s Office of jurisdiction where the assault occurred, or take no administrative/legal action.