Amherst College Sexual Misconduct Policy

President Martin's Statement on Sexual Assault

October 18, 2012

Dear Members of the Amherst Community,

I write in response to the recent news about an incident of sexual violence and misconduct on the Amherst campus and to reports that the College has failed to treat similar incidents with adequate transparency or seriousness. A student’s first-person account in this week’s Amherst Student is horrifying—her rape, her painful efforts to deal with it on her own, and her subsequent experiences when she sought help on the campus.

President Martin’s Statement on Sexual Assault

October 18, 2012

Dear Members of the Amherst Community,

I write in response to the recent news about an incident of sexual violence and misconduct on the Amherst campus and to reports that the College has failed to treat similar incidents with adequate transparency or seriousness. A student’s first-person account in this week’s Amherst Student is horrifying—her rape, her painful efforts to deal with it on her own, and her subsequent experiences when she sought help on the campus.

Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Information

The Title IX Team

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Laurie Frankl
Title IX Coordinator,

Day of Dialogue Generates Ideas for Change

Submitted on Wednesday, 11/7/2012, at 2:27 PM

November 7, 2012

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Sex- and relationship education that takes place throughout the year, not just at orientation. Explicit, step-by-step instructions on how to report a rape. Greater transparency about the frequency of sexual assault. More campus-wide events.

Amherst College Appoints Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct

Submitted on Tuesday, 10/30/2012, at 4:18 PM

October 30, 2012

Contact:
Peter Rooney
Director of Public Affairs
413/542-8452
(office) 
413/207-4309 (mobile)
prooney@amherst.edu

AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst College President Biddy Martin has announced the formation of a new Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct charged with making recommendations for improvement in the College’s efforts to prevent and address asexual assault on campus.

Title IX Explained

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination. Amherst College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination based upon sex. Amherst provides support and resources to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sex discrimination and has appointed Laurie Frankl as its Title IX Coordinator.

Sexual Respect Committees

Not Just Sports

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In a mere 37 words, Title IX outlaws gender discrimination in all areas of education.

On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX into law. The federal legislation reads as follows:

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