Actual Knowledge means notice of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator or any official who has the authority to institute corrective measures.

Advisor means any person who accompanies a Respondent or Complainant in any meeting or grievance proceeding. An Advisor may not have any additional role, such as a Witness, in the College process. Advisors are allowed to be present, but are not allowed to actively participate in any meetings throughout the grievance process, except during live hearings. . Requests to have more than one Advisor will be considered on case-bycase basis, and the final decision is the sole discretion of the Title IX Coordinator. No faculty or staff member is required to accept a request from a Party to serve as an Advisor. The Parties must inform the Title IX Coordinator of the name of the Advisor prior to any meeting or panel described in Appendix A.

Appellate Administrator annually trained and authorized by the Title IX Coordinator or Designee to conduct a review of a decision made regarding an emergency removal, dismissal of a complaint, or reached by a panel.

Business Day means any day, Monday through Friday, that the College is open.

Complainant means the individual who is alleged to be the victim of sexual harassment.

Conduct file means the printed, written, electronic file which may include, but is not limited to, all information obtained as part of an investigation, including any determination regarding responsibility and any audio or audiovisual recording or transcript; any disciplinary sanctions and/or remedies; any appeal, including the result of the appeal; and any informal resolution and the result therefrom.

Decision Maker means those annually trained who participate in the Panel process and private deliberations. Decision Makers determine the relevancy of proposed questions, findings of responsibility, and sanctions.

Discipline File means the conduct file, but limited findings of the disciplinary sanctions resulting from a determination of responsibility.

Designee means any employee who has responsibility for implementing or administering this Policy.

Employee means all full and part-time staff.


  • A) Inculpatory evidence means information that suggests a Respondent is in violation
  • B) Exculpatory evidence means information that suggests a Respondent is not in violation

Formal Complaint means a document filed and signed by a Complainant or the Title IX Coordinator alleging sexual harassment against a Respondent and requesting that the College investigate the allegation of sexual harassment.

Incident Database means the electronic database used to track an incident and the response taken.

Party means a Complainant or a Respondent.

Personnel File means the employee file which contains the history of employment.

Preponderance of the Evidence means a standard of proof in which the totality of the evidence offered in support of a fact is greater or more convincing than the evidence which is offered in opposition to it; given the totality of information the version of events that is more likely than not. Preponderance of the evidence is understood to require more than 50 percent certainty to determine responsibility for a policy violation (i.e. over 50%). Effective August 14, 2020

Relevancy means information tends to support or disprove a fact in contention that bears on the outcome of the disputed fact. Investigators and Decision makers make relevancy determinations. R. Respondent means an individual who has allegedly engaged in sexual harassment.

Student means any person who attends or is seeking admission to the College. Persons admitted but never matriculated are not considered students. For purposes of this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will make the final determination as to whether or not an individual is a student.

Support Person means any person who attends a meeting associated with this Policy. Support Persons who are not also Advisors may not play an active role in the process, and may not ask questions, present evidence, or make statements. A Support Person may not have any additional role, such as a Witness, in the College process. Only reasonable requests to change proposed meetings to accommodate a Support Person’s schedule will be considered. Requests to have more than one Support Person will be considered on case-by-case basis, and the final decision is the sole discretion of the Title IX Coordinator. No faculty or staff member is required to accept a request from a Party to serve as a Support Person. The Parties must inform the Title IX Coordinator of the name of the Support Person prior to any meeting.

Witness means any individual who has relevant knowledge of an incident.

Survivor Support

On-Campus Resources

Counseling Center Marian Hall, 2nd Floor 617-735-9920
Campus Safety Administration Building, Room 139 617-735-9888
Health Services Marian Hall, 2nd Floor 617-264-7678
Residence Life + Housing St. Ann Hall, Lower Level

Off-Campus Resources

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656- HOPE (4673)
RAINN is a 24/7 national toll-free hotline for victims of sexual assault. When a victim calls the 800 number, the call will be routed instantaneously to the rape crisis center nearest the caller.

The National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues.

Contact the Boston Police Department (BPD) to report sexual violence which occurred in the city of Boston.
1 Schroeder Plaza,
Boston, Massachusetts

Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Boston Police Department, Sexual Assault Division
911 or 617-343-4400

Fenway Community Health Center's Violence Recovery Center

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Not Alone
Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.

Where to get help for PTSD

Understanding PTSD Informational Packet

Support for the Respondent

  • Do not contact the complainant.
  • Contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Coordinators.
  • Title IX Coordinators will explain the College's procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints, explain the rights and responsibilities of the Complainant and Respondent, explain the prohibition against retaliation and explain the grievance process.
  • You have the right to receive notice of the allegations.
  • You have the right to the opportunity to be heard and present your side and any witnesses that you identify in support of your side.
  • You have the opportunity to have an advisor of your choice from the Emmanuel community present.
  • You have the right to a prompt and equitable investigation.
  • You will have the opportunity to fully provide your side to the investigator.
  • You have access to counseling and psychiatric Services.
  • As a College employee, you have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting

If you disclose to a College employee (including faculty members), they are required to report this information to a Title IX Coordinator for investigation. The College has designated certain personnel as confidential counselors.

If you are concerned about confidentiality, discuss this issue first with the College's confidential counselors, who will be able to explain various options you may take and the implications for each option and direct you to other on- or off-campus resources as appropriate.

Throughout the course of an investigation, information will be disclosed only to select officials who have an essential need-to-know in order to carry out their college responsibilities. Dissemination of information and/or written materials to persons not involved in the complaint procedure is not permitted.

In the event of major medical, disciplinary or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. College officials will directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student. While the College takes seriously an accuser's request for confidentiality, in certain instances where a health or safety emergency exist, or if the College determines such communication is otherwise deemed appropriate, parents may be contacted.

Counseling Center:
Confidential counselors can be found in the Counseling Center. 

Health Services:
Confidential counselors can be found in Health Services. 

Although we encourage the reporting of campus criminal activity to Campus Safety, in some instances community members may choose to file a report with the College and school officials. Reports of criminal behavior reported to these officials are included in the annual disclosure of criminal statistics included in this report.

With the permission of the survivor, the Director of Campus Safety can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing the survivor's identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with the survivor's wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the survivor and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant and alert the campus community to any potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are included and disclosed in the annual crime statistics report.

Criminal activity may also reported to the Boston Police at 617-343-4200 or 911 for an emergency. Any matter outside the jurisdiction of the local police is reported to the Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2300.

Sometimes students are reluctant to report an incident of sexual misconduct as alcohol or other drugs were involved. In cases of sexual assault, the College will grant amnesty from violations of alcohol or drug policies to students who file a report and/or who were victimized by an act of sexual misconduct.

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