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Reporting sexual misconduct can be difficult and the involved parties may experience a multitude of emotions when considering whether or not to report such conduct. The university encourages complainants/victims/survivors (or witnesses to such behavior) to prioritize their personal safety and physical/emotional well-being to maintain health and safety. It is also important to consider reporting the conduct so steps can be taken to prevent this conduct from happening to anyone else. Reporting does not mean an investigation is automatic.

Tufts University seeks to empower complainants/victims/survivors to know that there are multiple options to address this conduct, both through our disciplinary process and/or through the legal system. Initiating an investigation is not required or forced upon a complainant/victim/survivor. Rather, the Office of Equal Opportunity staff can assist someone with stay away or no contact orders, residential changes, schedule and academic changes and many other informal supports and resources.

There are several options on campus for individuals to discuss an incident of sexual misconduct:

Confidential Resources

Confidential resources include medical providers, mental health providers, rape crisis counselors and ordained clergy, all of whom have privileged confidentiality that is recognized by law. These individuals are not mandated to report matters to OEO or to the police in most cases. These individuals will maintain the confidentiality of a complainant/victim/survivor’s disclosures unless:

  • They are given permission to share information by the person who disclosed the information;
  • There is an imminent threat of harm to self or others;
  • The conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18; or
  • As otherwise required or permitted by law or court order.
Limited Confidential Resource

Information about available resources and interim measures can be obtained by calling OEO or confidentially from the Center for Awareness Resources and Education (CARE) on campus.

Alexandra Donovan, Director of CARE
617-627-3350
Book a confidential email appointment

An individual need not disclose any information or personal details to access information from CARE. The CARE will maintain a complainant/victim/survivor’s disclosure as confidential unless:

  • They are given permission to share information by the person who disclosed the information;
  • There is an imminent threat of harm to self or others;
  • The conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18; or
  • As otherwise required or permitted by law or court order.

Because CARE does not have statutorily defined confidentiality, records may be subpoenaed in civil or criminal litigation and/or subject to search warrant. Also, while CARE will otherwise keep the details of a complainant/victim/survivor’s confidential information, CARE is required by law (as a “Campus Security Authority” or CSA) to provide de-identified information to OEO and TUPD about policy violations that are also crimes, including crimes of sexual violence. However, CARE can fulfill that obligation without disclosing identifying information of the complainant/victim/survivor. In some cases the non-identifying information that CARE reports to OEO or TUPD may prevent others from being harmed in a similar way. This type of information will not/does not need to include the name or identity of a reporter or complainant/victim/survivor.

Reporting Options

A number of non-confidential but private reporting options are available on campus and include, but are not limited to, OEO staff, OEO/Title IX Liaisons and TUPD. While the receiving reports will handle all disclosures with appropriate privacy and discretion, they are required to share disclosed information about the incident with the Title IX Coordinator in OEO. They are also required to report all criminal conduct to TUPD. Anyone who is not listed as a confidential resource at Tufts is required to disclose this type of information to OEO.

Any or all of these options below are available to Tufts community members and can be used simultaneously by complainants/victims/survivors to address sexual misconduct or other bias matters regardless of whether a disciplinary and/or criminal claim is pursued.

For Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Members

Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity

The Office of Equal Opportunity
617-627-3298
oeo@tufts.edu

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is a university-wide resource available to the Tufts community to report incidents of sexual misconduct. OEO can provide students, employees and third parties with support regarding available resources and informal measures as well as the disciplinary options available and information regarding options to pursue possible civil or criminal action.

If a complainant/victim/survivor requests an informal process, OEO staff can have a conversation with the respondent to help educate him/her/them about the Tufts Sexual Misconduct Policy, how to obtain consent and assist them in complying with the Sexual Misconduct Policy in future interactions. This complainant/victim/survivor can choose if this conversation includes identifying information or not. OEO will also support a complainant/victim/survivor through other informal options and will also identify other educational resources for the respondent.

In a formal matter, OEO is responsible for making inquiries into sexual misconduct on behalf of the university and for acting as an independent fact-finding body for Tufts. OEO does not have authority to take disciplinary action, but shares its formal findings with the appropriate administrators who will determine what actions, if any, should be taken in response to OEO findings. OEO also facilitates training and educational events to address campus concerns about or resulting from sexual misconduct.

In addition, the Center for Awareness, Resources and Education, is also available to conduct educative trainings such as healthy relationship trainings, bystander intervention, Green Dot training and other sexual misconduct prevention trainings. Tufts University offers a number of training, education and awareness programs each year, many that are overseen by OEO.

Learn more about additional OEO responsibilities and resources:

Submit an Anonymous Misconduct Report via Ethicspoint

Ethicspoint, a third party secure web tool is also a reporting option. Any member of the Tufts community can file a report or complaint of sexual misconduct on Ethicspoint. Ethicspoint offers an anonymous reporting option providing individuals the option to report anonymously if they choose. For anyone submitting an Ethicspoint complaint, please keep the key code the system assigns to you after you submit a report so that you can check back on the progress of the report.

You can submit a confidential/anonymous report by either filling out the online Ethicspoint Incident Report form or calling EthicsPoint toll-free at 1-866-384-4277.

Contact a Sexual Misconduct Reporting Liaison

Several individuals from various schools within the university have been identified and trained to act as Title IX Liaisons. Title IX Liaisons are university employees who are available to receive reports of sexual misconduct and other bias. The Liaisons can provide information regarding support resources and the disciplinary options available within the university. Title IX Liaisons are not charged with making inquiries or conducting investigations, but rather, will direct the information they receive to OEO and the Title IX Coordinator.

Find a Liaison

Additional Reporting Options for Students

Contact Your Dean or School-Based Liaison

The Dean’s Office at each school as well as CARE (617-627-3350) in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator/OEO staff, can help arrange for support services, informal options and interim measures such as:

  • Safe housing
  • Stay away requests
  • No contact orders
  • Schedule changes
  • Academic support for students
  • Other informal or formal options

They can also provide information about other helpful resources available to students including disability services and leave options (i.e. medical and personal leave).

OEO staff, the Dean’s Offices and CARE can also provide information about the formal Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process (SMAP), should you wish to pursue disciplinary action. OEO and the Dean’s Office’s can initiate disciplinary action independently under the SMAP (called an administrative complaint) should they determine that allegations of sexual misconduct pose a threat to the community and/or campus safety.

Find a dean or liaison

Schedule an appointment with CARE

CARE provides confidential support and information for all Tufts students seeking to understand their options and resources within and beyond the Tufts campuses. CARE staff are not mandated reporters, meaning students can seek measures of institutional support without having their name or any identifying characteristics shared with the OEO unless the student gives permission to do so.

Schedule an Appointment with CARE

Additional Reporting Options for Faculty and Staff

Access Resources via Tufts University Employee Assistance Program

The Tufts Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential counseling for you, your dependents and household members and can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by:

  • Calling 1-800-648-9557
  • Visiting the KGA website (Username: tuftsu | Password: 9557)
Contact Human Resources (Staff Only)

Human Resources, in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator, will provide support services and interim measures for employees with concerns about sexual misconduct.

Human Resources can also assist with exploring other available support options, including leave available for individuals under Tufts policy and job-protected leave (i.e. leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and leave under the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Leave Act).

  • Boston/Medford/Somerville: 617-627-6272
  • Grafton: 508-839-7975

Resources

Need additional support? There are a number of on- and off-campus resources available to students, faculty and staff looking for support or information.