Campus Police, the Dean of Students Office and Health Services staff collaborate to assist survivors.
If a sex offense occurs on campus, contact Smith College Campus Police. If you notify other college officials, including deans or other college officials, they will review these policies and procedures with you, direct you to additional support services, and provide the same information and advice presented here and will notify Campus Police.
Please note: Although pastoral and professional counselors are exempt from reporting campus crimes, they are encouraged to inform the survivor about the process of confidential reporting for inclusion in the annual statistics or for a criminal investigation.
Campus Police is required by federal law to notify the members of the community of incidents that place people at risk. The survivor's name in all public reports of sexual assaults is kept confidential, by Massachusetts law, and will not be released without permission, except as otherwise required by law.
Campus Police officers will assist victims by:
- arranging for medical attention for any injuries;
- fully investigating the incident;
- providing a liaison with the Northampton Police Department and the Hampshire County District Attorney's office (if requested by the victim); and
- advising survivors of their rights to counseling and other services offered by the college and the community.
What Happens When You Contact Campus Police
- A uniformed officer will arrive and ensure your safety. The officer will encourage you to go to Health Services, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, or UMass Health Services based on the nature of your situation. The Campus Police officer will escort you wherever you decide to go.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the UMass Health Services have on staff Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE nurses) trained in sexual assault response including handling evidence collection required in the event you file legal charges against the assailant. (NOTE: You are not required to press charges if you have a SANE Exam.)
- The officer will ask for a description of the assailant for possible apprehension and other information that may help ensure your continued safety.
- The officer will call in one of the department's sexual assault investigators who will interview you about the details of the assault or rape. The officer will suggest that a counselor be present along with medical staff to reduce the number of times you are asked to retell the incident. Other options such as notification of the emergency to on-call staff will also be discussed.