What to do If you experience sexual misconduct

If you experience sexual misconduct, you are likely to have many concerns, including about your physical health and safety, emotional and mental well-being, such medical issues as sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, the potential impact of your experience on how you relate with friends or family members, and about understanding the disciplinary or legal options available to you for responding to the act.

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

Sexual-Assault Report Released

By Emily Gold Boutilier

[Update] Responses to sexual assault complaints were “quite mixed and at times inadequate” prior to summer 2012. First-year women are most at risk of being raped. Sexual misconduct is not a worse problem at Amherst than it is at other colleges.  

Those are among the conclusions in a Jan. 30 report of the college’s Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct, which President Biddy Martin formed as one response to Angie Epifano ’14’s published account of being raped on campus.

SMOC Report: Toward a Culture of Respect

Amherst College Sexual Respect Task Force

CHARGE

Vision

Amherst College is a community that promotes respectful interactions, mutual support, genuine acceptance, safety, and fairness for all—a community in which all of us can learn. All members of the community hold each other accountable for treating one another with respect. As we work to build a respectful community, each member understands what constitutes sexual respect and what constitutes a violation of that respect—sexual assault and misconduct are not tolerated.

Shining a Spotlight on Sexual Assault

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Years from now, when today’s students point to the date when a campus movement went from a gentle simmer to a rolling boil, they’ll likely identify Oct. 17, 2012. That’s when, all around campus, people opened The Amherst Student or went to its website and found an op-ed by Angie Epifano ’14.

Meeting of the Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct

November 15, 2012

Present were Sarah Barr, Director of Academic Engagement Programs, Center for Community Engagement; Professor Jack Cheney, Associate Dean of the Faculty; Suzanne Coffey, Director of Athletics and Title IX Coordinator; Professor Margaret Hunt (Chair); Marian Matheson, Director of Institutional Research and Planning (of counsel to the committee); Professor Marisa Parham; Dianne Piermattei, Assistant to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees (staff liaison to the committee); Susan Pikor, Chief of Staff, President’s Office, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Janet Tobin, Assistant Dean of the Faculty (recorder); and Robert Wasielewski ’14. Andrew Nussbaum ’85, Trustee; Liya Rechtman ’14; and attorneys Gina Smith (an expert on sexual misconduct and assault) and Rachael Keene participated in the meeting via speaker phone. Paula Rauch ’77, Trustee was absent.   The meeting began at 5:00 p.m. and ended at 7:00 p.m.

Professor Hunt and Ms. Matheson reviewed Clery statistics and National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey results for Amherst and a set of peer institutions.  It was noted that the data that are available are limited and imperfect.

Meeting of the Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct

November 6, 2012

Present were Sarah Barr, Director of Academic Engagement Programs, Center for Community Engagement; Professor Jack Cheney, Associate Dean of the Faculty; Suzanne Coffey, Director of Athletics and Title IX Coordinator ; Professor Margaret Hunt (Chair); Marian Matheson, Director of Institutional Research and Planning (of counsel to the committee); Andrew Nussbaum ’85, Trustee;  Professor Marisa Parham; Dianne Piermattei, Assistant to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees (staff liaison to the committee); Susan Pikor, Chief of Staff, President’s Office, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Liya Rechtman ’14; Janet Tobin, Assistant Dean of the Faculty (recorder). Robert Wasielewski ’14 and Paula Rauch ’77, Trustee, were absent. The meeting began at 3:30 p.m. and ended at 5:20 p.m.

Professor Hunt thanked those assembled for agreeing to be a part of the important work of the Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SMOC). Focusing on the future and asking the question “what can we do better?” will be a signature of the committee’s approach.

An Open Letter from President Martin

November 6, 2012

An open letter to the Amherst Community:

I write to you today with an enormous sense of sorrow. Yesterday, a website for the Good Men Project posted a suicide note written by a former Amherst student, Trey Malone, who took his own life in June 2012. Trey's death is a tragedy. My deepest sympathies are with his family members and friends, who have suffered the most painful imaginable loss.

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