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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Resources

Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

Updated January 25, 2022

Cambridge College (“CC” or “the College”) is committed to establishing and maintaining an educational and employment environment that is free from sexual harassment, as defined below. This policy governs investigations and determinations of claims of sexual harassment that would, if proven, constitute a violation of Title IX and the Massachusetts Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Campus. Claims of sexual misconduct other than Title IX sexual harassment will be considered under the Cambridge College Sexual Misconduct Policy. Claims of sex discrimination that would not violate Title IX, if proven, will be considered under the College’s Non-Discrimination Policy.

Sexual harassment is a violation of a person’s rights, dignity, and integrity, and is contrary to the mission and values of the College. Acts of sexual harassment are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. The College takes all sexual harassment seriously and is committed to providing information, education, resources, support, interim supportive measures, and direction to the CC community to prevent and address sexual harassment. In response to a Formal Complaint, as defined below, that a member of the CC community has engaged in sexual harassment, the College will take all appropriate steps to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. To achieve equitable results, the College will carefully review and/or investigate all Formal Complaints of sexual harassment with an earnest intent to understand the perspective and experiences of each individual involved, and to provide for fair and impartial evaluation and resolution. 

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Sexual Misconduct Policy

Cambridge College (“CC” or “the College”) is committed to establishing and maintaining an educational and employment environment that is free from sexual misconduct.  Sexual misconduct, as defined below, is a violation of a person’s rights, dignity, and integrity, and is contrary to the mission and values of the College.  Acts of sexual misconduct are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.   

The College has three policies that address sexual misconduct: the Cambridge College Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy, the Cambridge College Sexual Misconduct Policy (i.e., this policy), and the Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy for Employees and Students.  The Cambridge College Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy is a limited policy that only applies to reports and formal complaints of sexual harassment, as defined by Title IX, asserted against a CC student or employee when the other jurisdictional requirements of Title IX are satisfied and the Title IX Coordinator determines that the alleged conduct requires a formal Title IX investigation.  The Cambridge College Sexual Misconduct Policy is a broader policy that applies to all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct asserted against a CC student or employee that fall outside the jurisdiction of the Cambridge College Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. The Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy for Employees governs the grievance process for all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct asserted against a CC employee that do not involve sexual harassment, as defined by Title IX, and which the Title IX Coordinator determines do not require a formal Title IX investigation.        

The College takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and is committed to providing information, education, resources, support, interim measures, and direction to the College community to prevent and address sexual misconduct.  In response to any report that a member of the CC community has engaged in sexual misconduct, the College will take all appropriate steps to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.  To achieve equitable results, the College will carefully review and/or investigate all reports and complaints of sexual misconduct with an earnest intent to understand the perspective and experiences of each individual involved, and to provide for fair and impartial evaluation and resolution.   

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Reporting 

Any individual affiliated with the College may make a report of sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students. Only a Complainant who is affiliated with the College may make a Formal Complaint alleging a violation of this policy. The College will provide resource options and respond promptly and equitably to all Formal Complaints of sexual harassment involving a CC community member. The College will engage in a Title IX investigation during which it is committed to maintaining fairness for all parties and balancing the needs and interests of individuals with the safety of the community.

Title IX Coordinator:                                            Lauretta Siggers, VP of Human Resources 

                                                                                 617-873-0490

                                                                                 Lauretta.Siggers@cambridgecollege.edu

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students:        Tracy McLaughlin, Associate Provost 

                                                                                617-873-0150

                                                                                Tracy.McLaughlin@cambridgecollege.edu

 

Section 504 Coordinator/                                    Vera Dimoplon, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Confidential Resource Provider:                        617-873-0614 

                                                                               Vera.Dimoplon@cambridgecollege.edu


Anonymous Reporting Option

Individuals may choose to use the College’s anonymous reporting mechanism by calling (617) 873-0633 (external) or extension 1633 (internal).


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.)

In the event that an individual is the victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, the physical safety and emotional well-being of the person is of primary importance.  A victim may have been physically injured in a number of ways, may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, and/or may be at risk of impregnation.  The College strongly encourages any person who has been the victim of sexual assault/violence to seek immediate medical attention from the nearest hospital emergency room.

Additionally, if an assault has occurred very recently, there may be physical evidence present that can be collected.  Although the collection of physical evidence does not require a victim to pursue criminal or civil charges, preserving evidence allows a victim to make the decision to do so in the future.  If a victim is assaulted, he/she/they should not shower, change clothing, or brush his/her/their teeth.  The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will remain confidential.  Local medical resources include the following: 

Request a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E) 

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center                   330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, (617) 667-4645
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital                              75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, (617) 732-5636
  • Lawrence General Hospital                                       1 General Street, Lawrence, MA 01842, (978) 683-4000 
  • Baystate Medical Center                                           759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199, (413) 794-000 
  • San Antonio Hospital                                                  999 San Bernardino Road, Upland, CA 91786, (909) 985-2811
  • Puerto Rico Support Center for Rape Victims         24/7 hotline (787) 765-2285 

Support Services

Cambridge College encourages victims of sexual misconduct to talk with a trained counselor about the incident.  If a member of the College community wishes to obtain confidential assistance through on-campus or off-campus resources without making a Formal Complaint with the College, he/she/they may use the following Confidential Resources

On-Campus Resources                                    

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)     1-800-386-7055     www.ibhworklife.com

Off-Campus Resources                                 

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    • 1-800-656-HOPE
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) provides counseling, legal advice, and advocacy to help victims consider their options; medical advocates to accompany them to the hospital; and legal advocacy.  All services are free and available to victims of sexual misconduct and their friends/family.     
  • The Network/La Red provides free advocacy, support, and safety planning for LGBTQ victims of domestic and dating violence. 
  • REACH Beyond Domestic Violence provides free safety planning, advocacy, 24-hour hotline staffed by domestic violence crisis counselors, and shelter and support services to victims of domestic and dating violence. 
  • Fenway Health Center provides comprehensive health services for the LGBTQ community and beyond.  Also provides support via the above help line.                          
  • Victim Rights Law Center provides free lawyers to represent victims on court-ordered no-contact orders, school-based complaints, immigration, and other legal matters related to sexual assault and violence.  Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.                        
  • YWCA Northeastern Women’s Health Advocacy Services is a comprehensive, grass-roots network of programs, resources, workshops, and support services designed specifically to help women in our community secure the information and help they need to transform their lives.  
  • Puerto Rico's Rape Victims Assistance Center Office assists survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence by providing and coordinating immediate medical and psychosocial services
  • Office for the Integral Development of Women, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • 939-266-8446
  • Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center offers a 24-hour hotline and advocacy counseling.

The organizations identified above are available to offer support services and are able, if requested, to maintain the confidentiality of the victim’s identity.  If confidentiality is a concern, the victim should clarify the extent to which information should be kept confidential before disclosing information about the incident.


Campus Safety

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Each year Cambridge College files a report with the United States Department of Education documenting the incidences of crime on campus.  To review reporting, please our Public Safety website