A. Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement, and Crisis-Response Resources
- Medical Assistance: An individual who experiences sexual assault or any other form of interpersonal violence is strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention at one of these locations:
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01061 413.582.2000
- Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199 413.794.0000
- University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts, 150 Infirmary Way, Amherst, MA 413.577.5000 (Visitors not affiliated with UMass will be seen on a fee for service basis only)
Each of these facilities has access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (also known as “SANE Nurse”). SANE Nurses can assess injuries related to physical trauma; evaluate for sexually-transmitted infections and possible pregnancy; provide medical care (including medications to prevent infections and pregnancy); and can, within the first 72 hours after a sexual assault, administer a “forensic sexual assault examination.” During the forensic exam, the SANE Nurse documents and collects evidence of sexual contact and/or physical trauma (including injuries to the body and genitals), trace evidence, biological fluids, and identifiable DNA. When there is reason to believe that an assault may have been facilitated by the use of drugs or alcohol, the forensic exam may also include the collection of urine and blood samples for toxicology testing. A patient who requests a SANE exam is not required to report the incident to law enforcement or the College in order to receive medical attention or a forensic exam. Patients may have a support person of their choosing present throughout the forensic exam. Students may access follow-up care at Hampshire College Health Services, or through any appropriate health care provider outside of the College. Employees may access follow-up care through any appropriate health care provider of their choice.
- For medical assistance on campus, contact:
- Hampshire College Health Services 413.559.5458. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. When Health Services is closed during the academic year (nights, weekends, and during vacation periods), students with emergencies may been seen at one of the locations listed above.
- The College also has a student-run Emergency Medical Service, staffed by student EMTs, that provides emergency medical services to the Hampshire College community, and can direct students to any of the locations above, 413.559.5555.
- Law Enforcement: All Hampshire community members have the right to report Sexual Misconduct Violations that may constitute a crime to local law enforcement (“Police”). Police have unique legal authority to seek and execute search warrants, to collect forensic evidence that may have been left at the scene or at other relevant locations, to obtain cell phone and electronic records, and to make an arrest when supported by probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. Police are also able to provide assistance in seeking Emergency Protective Orders (see below).
- Hampshire College Campus Safety can be reached by dialing 413.559.5424. Students seeking medical attention at Hampshire College Health Services can ask that police be called on their behalf.
- Town of Amherst Police can be reached by dialing “911” (for emergencies) or 413.259.3000 (for non-emergencies).
- Crisis Resources (Support and Counseling): All Hampshire community members are urged to seek immediate emotional support after any Sexual Misconduct Violation. There are a number of resources and “hotlines” for crisis counseling, both at the College and in the local community. Some of these resources are able to maintain legally-protected confidentiality (see Section VI of the Policy). Crisis counselors can provide trauma-informed support and offer information about reporting options.
- Confidential College Crisis Resources
- These individuals may provide confidential counseling and support without disclosing the reported incident to the Title IX coordinator or other employee of the College:
- Hampshire College Health and Counseling Services 413.559.5458
- Hampshire College Spiritual Life Professional Staff 413.559.5282
- University of Massachusetts Health Services 413.577.5000 (students may receive free transportation provided by Hampshire College Campus Police)
- Confidential Community and National Crisis Resources
- These individuals may provide confidential counseling and support without disclosing the reported incident to the Title IX Coordinator or other employee of the College:
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital 413.582.2000 (students may receive free transportation provided by Hampshire College Campus Police)
- Holyoke Medical Center 413.534.2500
- Baystate Medical Center 413.794.0000
- Center for Women and Community at UMass 24 hour hotline 413.545.0800
- Safe Passage Domestic Violence Program 24 hour hotline 413.586.5066 or 888.345.5282 (toll-free).
- Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline (800) 656-4673 https://rainn.org/
- Students and Employees may also visit their own health and counseling providers.
- Private College Support Resources: These individuals will disclose the reported incident to the Title IX coordinator, but may be able to maintain the anonymity of the person seeking assistance:
- Emily Rimmer, director for women's and queer services, center for feminisms 413.559.5320
- Additional College Support Resources: These individuals will disclose the reported incident and all available details of the report to the Title IX coordinator, but will maintain the privacy of any resources provided:
- Office of the dean of students, Merrill student life center, second floor, 413.559.5412
- Resident advisors and community facilitators, paraprofessional residence life staff who provide student support and programming.
B. Legal Resources
There are several resources that may help Students and Employees explore and understand their legal rights and options – both criminal and civil – following a Sexual Misconduct Violation.
- Campus Police Victim/Witness Assistance Center, located at https://www.mtholyoke.edu/campuspolice/victim_assistance
- Mass Legal Services http://www.masslegalservices.org/FindLegalAid
- Mass Legal Help http://www.masslegalhelp.org/domestic-violence
- Jane Doe Inc. http://www.janedoe.org/find_help/mass_legal_help
- Northwestern District Attorney’s Office http://northwesternda.org/victim-witness-assistance-unit
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit works closely with police departments, courts and social service agencies to address the serious problem of domestic violence and sexual assault through prosecution of the offenders and the development of strategies for prevention and intervention for the victims. If you are the victim of abuse and you notify the District Attorney’s office, they may file charges against the Respondent. You will be assigned a victim witness advocate to keep you informed of court proceedings. You have the right to be notified of the proceedings and to submit a victim impact statement to the court at sentencing.
Complainants and Respondents may consult with an attorney or use one as a supporter during the College Resolution process. The College does not provide or arrange for attorneys.
C. Interim Administrative Actions, Remedial and Protective Measures
The Title IX coordinator and deputy Title IX coordinators and the dean of students office staff can provide students with information, support, and assistance and can arrange for a broad range of remedial and protective measures. As outlined in the Policy, interim administrative actions, remedial and protective measures, which may be temporary or permanent, may include no contact directives, residence modifications, academic arrangements and support, work schedule or work location modifications, and other reasonable and appropriate measures. Complainants are entitled to receive information, assistance, and a broad range of support and remedial measures regardless of whether they choose to pursue criminal and/or College disciplinary resolution of a sexual misconduct violation. For more information about such measures, please see the Remedial and Protective Measures section of the Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy or contact the College’s Title IX coordinator.