From the Dean of the College to the Faculty:

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

We hope your summer has been a good one. We write to update you on some aspects of the college’s work on prevention of and response to sexual harassment and sexual assault, and in particular to share information on your reporting obligations if you become aware of such issues.

Williams College seeks to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence of all kinds, and to act to redress any such incidents that do occur. That commitment requires that we know about incidents that happen on our campus, so that we can (1) ensure that those who experience sexual harassment or sexual violence receive immediate professional support and guidance as to their options for legal and campus processes and for counseling, no contact orders and other accommodations (2) act to address the behavior of alleged perpetrator, the safety of the individual affected and of the campus community (3) become aware of patterns of perpetration and intervene to stop them.

1) Seems like standard stuff, in this day and age.

2) What is the best way to make trouble on this topic? I still want answers about this accusation.

Entire letter below the break:

From: Marlene Sandstrom
> Date: September 17, 2018 at 12:44:11 PM EDT
> To: WILLIAMS-FACULTY@LISTSERV.WILLIAMS.EDU
> Subject: Responsible employees and reporting responsibilities
> Reply-To: Marlene Sandstrom
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> Dear Faculty Colleagues,
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> We hope your summer has been a good one. We write to update you on some aspects of the college’s work on prevention of and response to sexual harassment and sexual assault, and in particular to share information on your reporting obligations if you become aware of such issues.
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> Williams College seeks to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence of all kinds, and to act to redress any such incidents that do occur. That commitment requires that we know about incidents that happen on our campus, so that we can (1) ensure that those who experience sexual harassment or sexual violence receive immediate professional support and guidance as to their options for legal and campus processes and for counseling, no contact orders and other accommodations (2) act to address the behavior of alleged perpetrator, the safety of the individual affected and of the campus community (3) become aware of patterns of perpetration and intervene to stop them.
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> To best meet these commitments, information about sexual harassment and sexual violence must be brought together in one place. Federal law wisely requires that we have a Title IX officer who receives, and oversees the response to, all such information. The law also requires that we identify those college employees who are required to report information about sexual misconduct to the Title IX officer. This reporting obligation is important to our ability to respond as quickly as possible to support individuals who experience harassment or sexual violence and to address the safety of the community. Because faculty have important institutional responsibilities and are seen as authority and support figures by our students, faculty must be designated as among those who have reporting responsibility. Therefore, this letter is to notify you that all faculty are required to report to the Title IX officer sexual harassment or sexual violence of which they become aware.
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> The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Toya Camacho. Toya can be reached at tcc2@williams.edu or at 597-4376. She is also reachable after hours through Campus Safety and Security at 597-4444. Denise K. Buell, Dean of the Faculty (413) 597 – 4351, Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College (413) 597-4261 and Danielle Gonzalez, Director of Human Resources (413) 597-2058 are deputy Title IX coordinators and reports can be made to them.
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> We do understand that this requirement may introduce additional complexity into very sensitive conversations. There are several additional pieces of information relevant to these conversations that are important (and we hope also helpful).
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> -Informing the Title IX officer of information you have about sexual harassment or sexual violence does NOT require the victim to take part in any legal or college disciplinary process. While safety concerns for the individual or the community will sometimes require that we act to adjudicate a case against the wishes of the victim, such action will never require the victim to participate personally in an investigation if they do not wish to do so. And, in general, the victim’s wishes for confidentiality will predominate in decisions about legal or college process. For more information about how decisions of this kind are made, click here.
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> -Information provided to the Title IX officer will be held strictly privately, and will be discussed only with the very few others in the Title IX team who need to be aware of it in order to make decisions about the safety of individuals and the community.
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> -As you become aware that a conversation with a student is revealing information about sexual harassment or sexual assault, it is important to tell them that you will need to share this information with the Title IX officer, but also that this disclosure will not require them to participate in any college or police investigation if they do not wish to do so.
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> -It is also important to let students know that there are fully confidential resources available to them both on and off campus. Those resources (about which more detailed information is available on our website) include:
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> Sexual Assault Survivor Services (SASS) 597 -3000 (on call 24/7 during the academic year)
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> Williams College Health Center 597-2206
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> Williams College Psychological Counseling 597- 2353 (or on call 24/7 through Campus Safety at 597-4444)
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> Meg Bossong, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 597-4977
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> Elizabeth Freeman Center 499-2425
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> National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE
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> National Sexual Assault Online Hotline – https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
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> For a list of regional and national resources with particular focus on the needs of LGBTQ survivors, see http://barcc.org/information/resources-online/glbt
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> For regional and national resources with a particular focus on the needs of male survivors, see malesurvivor.org.
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> Much more information regarding support, accommodation, reporting, and resources for students who have experienced sexual assault, dating or domestic violence or stalking is available on our website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
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> Sincerely,
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> Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Professor of Psychology
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> Denise K. Buell, Dean of the Faculty and Cluett Professor of Religion
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> Toya Camacho, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity
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> Marlene J. Sandstrom
> Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
> Williams College

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