Relationship Abuse and Stalking

Williams College’s Code of Conduct and Massachusetts law forbid Relationship Abuse and Stalking. Relationship abuse includes behaviors that are defined as dating and/or domestic violence for purposes of remedies under Massachusetts law, Title IX, and for Clery Act reporting.  On this page you will find resources for help if you or someone you care about is experiencing these violations.  You will also find information on the College Code of Conduct, Massachusetts law, and how to report to the police or to the college.

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Reporting Relationship Abuse and Stalking

Williams is committed to doing everything possible to prevent discrimination, harassment, and violence; to mitigating their effects when they occur; and to preventing their re-occurrence and retaliation for reporting.  The College is best able to accomplish this when it is made aware directly of such conduct. All members of the Williams community are strongly encouraged to report any instances or claims of sexual harassment, including dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, whether or not you want to pursue the case through the college’s disciplinary system at the time you make the report.  The College will seek to investigate and adjudicate all reports of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking made to them.  They will also inform the Williamstown Police of the basic facts of reports made to them.  The wishes of the person who is experiencing the harassment are likely to predominate in any decisions regarding investigation, complaint, or determined outcome except under particular circumstances where there is clear danger to one or more members of the community.

Names of those who report having experienced relationship abuse and/or stalking will not be released to the police without their permission. (For more information see “Confidentiality and Privacy” section below.)

There are several reasons why it is important to report.  First, the College has resources that you can use for support and accommodation. Second, it is important for the College to know what has happened in order to maintain the safety of the community. Finally, the College offers a way to hold the perpetrator accountable if they are a member of the college community.   The police offer a way to pursue prosecution of the perpetrator whether or not they are a member of the Williams community.

To report dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to the College contact:

  • Campus Safety and Security at 413-597-4444 (for any member of the community)
  • Title IX Coordinator Toya Camacho, 413-597-4376 (for any member of the community)
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator Marlene Sandstrom, 413-597-4261 (for students)
  • Any Dean at the Dean of the College’s office, 413-597-4261 (for students)
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator Martha Tetrault, 597- 2058 (for staff)
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator Denise Buell, 597 – 4351 (for faculty)

To report to the police contact:

The on-campus option is not exclusive of other reporting options such as reporting to the police, and survivors may choose them concurrently or consecutively.

More Information on Reporting for Disciplinary Action at Williams

More Information on Reporting to the Police for Prosecution

What are Relationship Abuse and Stalking?

Understanding the Williams Code of Conduct

A number of MA laws may apply, depending on the nature of the conduct. The Williamstown Police Department is best able to help you understand your options under the criminal legal system. Any of the safety planning resources listed in the Resources of Support link above are available to accompany you to the police department or court and to assist you with that process.

Title IX information

Consistent with its commitment to addressing sex and gender-based misconduct, the College complies with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.

 

Title IX Coordinator

Toya C Camacho
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity/Title IX Coordinator
Hopkins Hall
413-597-4376