Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Information

SMOC Report

January 2013—See a letter from President Martin, a statement from the Board of Trustees, and the report from the Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct.


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Message from President Martin

"Addressing sexual misconduct and violence has been and is one of my highest priorities.

...Amherst, given its values, its commitment to community, and its size, should be a model of education, prevention, and effective response."

Read the President's Statement on Sexual Assault.

Amherst College prohibits sexual harassment and misconduct.  Sexual harassment is a term with a specific legal connotation.  It encompasses a broad range of behavior that includes all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual violence.  Sexual Violence refers to sexual acts committed against a person's will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent because of incapacitation, unconsciousness, or any circumstance rendering one unaware that sexual activity is occuring.  Under this policy, sexual harassment includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, cyber-stalking, bullying and cyber-bullying, aiding or facilitating the commission of a violation, and retaliation.

Consistent with the values of an educational and employment environment free from harassment based on sex, the College also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all sexual harassment and sexual misconduct directly to the Amherst College Police or the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Coordinators.  These individuals will assist in eliminating the misconduct, preventing its recurrence and addressing the effects.

Please see options for immediate actions, options for reporting the incident and getting support and what to consider when making your decision.  Regardless of where it is reported, all complaints will be vetted by the Title IX Coordinator.  If you need immediate confidential counseling, the University of Massachusetts' Center for Women & Community provides confidential rape crisis counseling to men and women, 24 hours a day, at (413) 545-0800.

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