November 6, 2017
Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:
In recent weeks, individuals around the world have shared their experiences of sexual harassment and violence in an effort to draw public attention to the scale of sexual predation. Their stories, some dating from decades past, have united and empowered survivors of all ages.
At Smith College, we take seriously our obligation to maintain an environment that is free of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence. Such conduct interferes with the security, well-being and professional climate of our community. It impedes academic success as well as access to educational and employment opportunities.
Faculty are prohibited from having sexual relationships and/or romantic involvement with students per the Policy on Sexual Relationships Between Faculty and Students. Staff are prohibited from having sexual relationships and/or romantic involvement with students per the Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy. These prohibitions apply regardless of the age of the student and regardless of consent.
To report sexual harassment, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, past or present, I encourage you to reach out to the following resources: Smith’s Title IX coordinator and deputy coordinators; the Counseling Service (students); or the college’s employee assistance program, offered through e4health, 800-828-6025 (staff or faculty). You may also contact Campus Police or the Northampton Police.
In closing, I want to emphasize how seriously I take these issues, both personally and professionally. Sexual misconduct has no place at Smith College.