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SMITH COLLEGE SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES

If a student has been assaulted or raped, immediate contact with the college’s Department of Campus Police is recommended. The department is staffed, trained and equipped to offer support, options for action, and transportation for follow-up attention.

Sexual harassment is defined in the college’s Sexual Harassment Policy.  Smith College is committed to maintaining an environment free of discrimination or forms of harassment that unreasonably interfere with the security, well-being, or academic experience of any member of the community. Sexual harassment on campus or in other settings related to College employment or enrollment, is unlawful, as well as unethical, and will not be tolerated. The College will respond promptly to formal complaints of sexual harassment, and, where it is determined that sexual harassment has occurred, will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective action as is necessary, including disciplinary action where appropriate. This policy applies to all activities of the College, including Smith sponsored study abroad programs.

Who can help?

An individual who believes he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment is advised to make it clear to the offender that such behavior is offensive. Early informal methods are often effective in correcting questionable behavior or resolving incidents of possible harassment.

By bringing the matter immediately to the attention of a supervisor, the director of institutional diversity and equity, the dean of students, the associate dean of the school for social work, the associate provost, or the executive director of human resources the College can assure that prompt efforts will be made to help assess the situation, and determine what informal or formal steps are necessary. 

If individual members of the Smith community believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment, they can speak with an Intake Counselor:

  • Randy Bartlett, Faculty Resource, Pierce Hall 102, ext. 3605 or 413-585-3605
  • Joe O'Rourke, Associate Provost, College Hall 20, ext. 3000 or 413-585-3000
  • Alice Hearst, Faculty Resource, Neilson Library 2/07, ext. 3528 or 413-585-3528
  • Larry Hunt, Executive Director of Human Resources, 30 Belmont Avenue, ext. 2260 or 413-585-2260
  • Julianne Ohotnicky, Dean of Students, Clark Hall 204, ext. 4940 or 413-585-4940
  • Scott Graham, Campus Police, Facilities Management Building, ext. 2490 or 413-585-2490
  • Josh Miller, Dean of Students for School for Social Work, Lilly Hall 207, ext. 7977 or 413-585-7977
  • Pamela Nolan Young, Director of Institutional Diversity and Equity, College Hall, ext. 2141 or 413-585-2141

Who should seek assistance?
• students who believe they are being sexually harassed
• students who are uncertain as to whether what they are experiencing is sexual harassment
• students who want information regarding their options in dealing with sexual harassment
• students who believe someone else is being harassed

Faculty members and students are not trained regarding sexual harassment complaints. However, if the student wishes, she may ask a faculty member or a friend to accompany her when she meets with a resource person who is trained to provide assistance.

Students seeking assistance from a resource person will be counseled as to their options for action available under this procedure. The student will learn about the internal (within the college) and external (federal or state agency) options available for seeking resolution of the matter.

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