Kristine Barnett, EdD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean, Liberal Studies
All University employees, including faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees who have a responsibility for student welfare, and student volunteers who have a responsibility for student welfare, are required to share with the Title IX coordinator (Kathleen A. Martin, 413.565.6806) any report of sexual misconduct they receive or of which they become aware.
Examples of students who have a duty to share the information with the Title IX coordinator include, but are not limited to, Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors.
The Title IX coordinator will ensure that the University responds to all reports in a timely, effective and consistent manner. The Title IX coordinator is charged with the review, investigation and resolution of all reports to ensure consistent responsiveness and the integrated provision of interim measures to support the individuals involved and to protect the campus community. It is only through this consistent and informed response that we create a culture of accountability and break the culture of silence. The Title IX coordinator is positioned to provide seamless support, assess campus safety and effectively respond to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The University will promptly and thoroughly investigate and respond to all reports of sexual misconduct. The University will respond to all reports in an integrated, consistent manner that treats each individual with dignity and respect. The University will approach each report with an earnest intent to understand the perspective and experiences of each individual involved in order to ensure fair and impartial evaluation and resolution.
The University is committed to providing a variety of welcoming and accessible means so that that all instances of sexual misconduct will be reported. The University also recognizes that the decision whether or not to report sexual misconduct is personal, and that there are many barriers to reporting, both individual and societal. Not every individual will be prepared to make a report to the University or to law enforcement, and individuals are not expected or required to pursue a specific course of action.
An incident does not have to occur on campus to be reported to the University. Off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University or the Bay Path community also falls under this policy.
An individual does not have to decide whether or not to request disciplinary action at the time the report is made. The University recognizes that choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making the report, can be a process that unfolds over time. The University will respect an individual’s autonomy in making these important decisions and provide support that will assist each individual in making that determination.
As outlined in the Statement on Privacy, the University respects the privacy interests of student, faculty, and staff. All information reported will be shared only with those University employees who will assist in the investigation and/or resolution of the complaint.