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How to Report Sexual Misconduct

POLICE

Westfield State University Police - x5262 or (413) 572-5262


Timeframe for Reporting

The Universities do not limit the timeframe for filing a complaint under this Policy. While reports may be made at any time, complainants are reminded that the more time that passes from the time of the incident, the more difficult it is for the University to obtain information and contact witnesses, and the alleged respondent may no longer be affiliated with the University.
 

Confidential Reporting Options

One may report sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or retaliation or other forms of "sexual misconduct" in confidence to licensed mental health counselors, licensed health care personnel, pastoral counselors or clergy who work for the University.   Employees may also report such misconduct in strict confidence through the Employee Assistance Program. Except in rare, extreme circumstances, these individuals will share nothing without one’s permission. 

One may also confidentially report sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or retaliation or other forms of "sexual misconduct" to the community support resources of the greater Westfield area, linked below.

Confidential Reporting

 

Non-Confidential Reporting Options

Generally, once a “non-confidential report” of sexual violence or sexual misconduct is made to the university, an investigation must be commenced, subject to the wishes of the complainant.  Except under circumstances where a potential threat exists to the safety of the university community, the wishes of the complainant will likely be honored. 

A report is considered to have been made to the university if it is reported to or otherwise learned about by a Title IX or Deputy Title IX Coordinator or a “Responsible Employee”, defined in the link below.

If an investigation commences, trained campus administrators will investigate the complaint and, if appropriate, recommend sanctions.  (A complete description of the investigative process may be found here).

Non-Confidential Reporting