The College encourages anyone who believes they have been a victim of gender-based misconduct to talk to somebody about what happened, so that victims can get the support they need and the College can respond appropriately. Olin College will take seriously every report of gender-based misconduct, offering all involved individuals appropriate support. When considering who to speak with about something that happened, it is important for victims to understand the differences between confidential and non-confidential resources. It is also important for victims to understand the different types of reports that can be made.
Some professional staff members at the College are required by law to maintain near complete confidentiality. These include nurse practitioners and physicians at Health Services as well as all of our providers at Colony Care Behavioral Health. Members of the clergy such as Chaplains and Priests are also considered to be confidential. The Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect are trained to be confidential but if they are concerned about the safety of a student and/or the safety of other students they may need to share information with appropriate personnel.
All other Olin faculty and staff, including the Resident Resources (R2s) are considered responsible employees and are required to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. These details may or may not include a student’s name, depending on the circumstances of the incident. A disclosure to a responsible employee constitutes a report to the College, and generally obligates the College to review the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation. However, please note that privacy is of the utmost concern and the information will only be shared with appropriate individuals on a “need to know” basis. Generally, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the involved student to ensure appropriate supports, resources, and options are shared.
Olin College Interim Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Student Affairs
Office Phone: 781-292-2321
Office: Campus Center 319c
Olin College Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Operations and Chief Information Officer
Office Phone: 781-292-2431
Office: Edison House 101
Reporting to the college
To formally report an incident of gender-based misconduct, you may file a report with the College to the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Generally, complaints against students, student groups, visitors, and third parties are handled by the Title IX Coordinator and complaints against employees are handled by the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Reports can also be given to any “responsible employee” as outlined above in the Non-confidential reporting section, and that employee will forward the report to the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Any of these reports will be handled internally within the College through appropriate College procedures. The reports will not be referred to law enforcement unless there is a request from the victim and/or there is a clearly identified threat to the safety of the community. Survivors are not required to report the incident to area law enforcement in order to receive assistance from or pursue any options within Olin College.
When the college receives a report about sexual misconduct or sexual violence, we are required to follow-up on the report using the information we are given. The Title IX Coordinator assesses the information they receive concerning reports of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking, and any other reports of gender-based misconduct. With this information, the Title IX Coordinator can investigate the incidents, track trends (including possible multiple reports involve the same assailant) and determine whether steps are needed to ensure the safety of the community. It is the survivor’s choice whether he or she wishes to participate in the investigation; however, the College may proceed with an investigation without the survivor’s participation if there is a concern for the safety of other members of the community. Reporters of sexual violence can request that their names be kept anonymous and/or confidential during an investigation. Anonymous means that no identifying information about you is available or included in the report. Confidential means that the information will be kept private and only shared on a need-to-know basis (i.e. with the Title IX Coordinator, the Honor Board panel).
Certain campus officials have a duty to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking for federal statistical reporting purposes (Clery Act). Personally-identifiable information can be kept confidential, but statistical information must be passed along to Public Safety regarding the type of incident and its general location (i.e. on or off campus) for publication in the annual Campus Security Report. This report helps to provide the community with a clear picture of the extent and nature of campus crime to ensure greater community safety. Mandated federal reporters include: Student Affairs, Public Safety, local police, Resident Resources, Human Resources, faculty advisers, and any other official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.
Victims of sexual misconduct should also be aware that college administrators must issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The college will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger. The reporters for timely warning purposes are exactly the same as detailed at the end of the paragraph that immediately precedes this paragraph.
Any individual may make an anonymous report to the college concerning an act of sexual misconduct committed by a member of the college community. Any individual may report an incident to the Title IX Coordinator anonymously, without disclosing her/his/their name, identifying the respondent or requesting any action. Depending on the level of information provided to the Title IX Coordinator about the incident or the individuals involved, the college’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.
Campus disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against a student through the Honor Board. Disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against an employee through the Office of Human Resources (Contact Manager of Human Resources and Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator Joanne Kossuth at 781-292-2431, email@example.com, Edison House 101). The investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual misconduct will generally be completed within 60 to 90 days. Extenuating circumstances, including, but not limited to, the complexity and severity of a complaint may arise that require the complaint process to extend beyond 60 to 90 days. In general, a complainant and respondent can generally expect to receive periodic updates from the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and/or Investigator as to the status of the investigation. In the event that the investigation and resolution exceed this time frame, the college will notify all parties of the need for additional time and best efforts will be made to complete the process in a timely manner.
Reporting to law enforcement
If a victim wants to report an on-campus incident to law enforcement, they may file a report with Olin/Babson Public Safety by calling 781-239-5555 and/or the Needham Police Department at 781-455-7570). If the incident occurred off-campus, the victim has the right to file a report with the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Public Safety can assist a victim with this process if a victim chooses. Filing a complaint with law enforcement does not require the victim to participate in a criminal process. However, keep in mind that any report made to law enforcement will be referred to the District Attorney’s office for review.
The Department of Public Safety can help victims of sexual assault, domestic assault, dating violence and/or stalking to preserve evidence so that successful criminal prosecution remains an option if the victim chooses to pursue this option. Public Safety has full police powers and the staff is trained to provide accurate information on preserving evidence and the options for criminal prosecution, campus disciplinary proceedings, or both.
Regardless of whether or not a student or employee reports an incident of sexual nature to law enforcement or pursues any formal action, if they report such an incident to the College, Olin College is committed to providing them as safe a learning working environment as possible. Upon request, Olin College will make any reasonable available change to a survivor’s academic, living, transportation, and working situation. In addition, a “No contact order” can be issued to prohibit contact, communication, and interaction with another individual on campus. The Dean of Student Affairs can also issue an emergency or indefinite suspension (see section 4.28 of the Honor Code) to protect a victim of sexual violence. When Public safety deems a student to be an immediate health or safety threat to the community after regular business hours and further investigation is needed to assess the situation, Public Safety may issue an emergency trespass order which bans the student from campus and College events (on-campus or off) until s/he is contacted by the Dean of Student Affairs or Public Safety on the next business day in order to make an assessment of the situation and a determination about next steps.
Current students may access the Honor Board procedures on the Olin website.