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How to Report A Crime

What to Know and What to Do
Reporting criminal activity is a critical component of ensuring the safety and security of the Mount Ida campus. If you are the victim of a crime or witness a criminal act, please report the incident immediately to Campus Police. Call the 24-hour dispatch line at (617) 928-4777; an officer will be there to take your call. Or you can email campuspolice@mountida.edu.

Mount Ida College Police Department
If you have concerns about your safety or the safety of others, you should call the Mount Ida College Police Department immediately. Incidents of sexual misconduct can always be reported to the College Police, as many of these behaviors may also constitute criminal behavior. College Police can conduct investigations into behavior that may be criminal. However, simply calling the College Police does not require you to file or pursue criminal charges. The option to pursue criminal action is left to the discretion of the victim/survivor. College Police can also provide transportation to the hospital or court (or can provide cab vouchers). College Police can help if you need immediate access to safe housing. College Police can issue no trespass orders and provide information about restraining orders and other orders of protections available through the courts. If the misconduct did not happen on campus, the incident can also reported to the police in the town/city or campus where it happened. Reports of sexual misconduct that are made to College Police will be shared with the Title IX Coordinator, Sonia Jurado 617-928-4024sjurado@mountida.edu

Reporting a Sexual Assault
Mount Ida College strives to provide you an environment that is free from violent acts and sexual misconduct. These include domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Violations of the college’s sexual assault policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include removal from the college, prosecution in state courts and expulsion from Mount Ida College, even for a first offense.

The following is a summary of the College’s process and more detailed information can be found in the Mount Ida Student Handbook.

If you are a victim of sexual assault:

  • Get to a place of safety
    You may request transportation to a hospital with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. There are also nearby area rape crisis centers, including the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline at (800) 841-8371 and they provide a complete list of hospitals on their website. The SANE program is a state funded effort, and there could be changes in services. It is highly recommended that you look at the current list of hospitals before going for assistance. More information regarding medical attention and the importance of preserving any evidence can be found here in the Student Handbook.
  • You have the option to, or not to…
    notify and seek assistance from law enforcement and campus authorities. You can reach out to a member of our Counseling staff who are on duty throughout the academic year, and can be contacted by visiting the Counseling Center during the business day, or by calling the Campus Police after business hours at (617) 928-4777.

The Counseling Center will provide you with the appropriate level of support and necessary referrals. The Student Handbook will give you more details on official reporting, including how to file a sexual misconduct report. You can also choose not to report officially, confidential reporting is also described in the Student Handbook here.

  • When you contact Campus Police as a sexual assault victim, our staff will notify the appropriate investigatory agency. The Newton Police Department is the primary investigatory agency for this type of crime in the city of Newton. Campus Police will also notify the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Title IX Administrator, who is our Director of Human Resources.

If you are the victim, your identity will be kept confidential from the staff members, unless you request that your identity be shared. The purpose of this notification is to ensure that the college not only provides the appropriate support to you, the victim of the sexual assault, but also provides timely notification of the community should it be determined that a threat to public safety exists. Additionally, the notification allows for the college to maintain accurate statistics and records in order to report incidents of sexual assault and harassment as required by law. Additional important information about your privacy and confidentiality can be found in the Student Handbook; look for Privacy and Confidentiality under Information, Support and Counseling.

If you are a student or an employee who has been sexually assaulted by another student or college community member and is considering using the campus conduct system, we encourage you to discuss the matter with the College’s Title IX Coordinator.  This provides you with the opportunity to review campus conduct procedures, but does not obligate you to pursue action.

You can also learn more about your options regarding the investigation and disciplinary process here in the Student Handbook under The Investigation and Disciplinary Process for Sexual Violence and Misconduct.

Mount Ida College will assist victims in every way possible to restore their sense of empowerment and personal safety. This includes, at a minimum, arranging for changes in class schedules and living situations subsequent to an alleged sexual assault, to the extent that they are reasonably available. Additionally, college representatives will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in their decision.

In accordance with the requirements of the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, in any campus conduct case alleging some form of sexual assault, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunity to have others present during disciplinary proceedings, and both will be informed of the outcome.

Students and employees are reminded that this is not something they have to go through alone, and resources are available for survivors throughout the process.

Title IX Reporting & Contact Information

Mount Ida College is committed to providing a campus environment free of discrimination and harassment, which includes sexual assault, relationship violence (dating/domestic), and stalking. These behaviors violate Mount Ida College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. Please visit the Equity Compliance/ Title IX webpage for more information about what constitutes Sexual Misconduct and the resources that are available to help individuals who may have experienced this conduct. Violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy can be addressed through the College’s resolution process found in that policy. These behaviors may also constitute criminal conduct that can be addressed by College Police and through the state’s criminal courts.

There are several options for reporting this conduct, only some of which are listed here. For more information about other reporting option (including additional confidential and anonymous reporting options), please visit the Equity Compliance/Title IX webpage

Any member of the Mount Ida College campus community who believes they have been subjected to sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment or misconduct is encouraged to formally report these incidents to the College’s Title IX Coordinator. The college takes these incidents seriously and will investigate these matters promptly and thoroughly.

In addition, any college employee (i.e., faculty or staff) informed of an allegation of sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment or misconduct involving students or other members of the college community is expected to file a report with the College’s Title IX Coordinator. Certain employees who serve in privileged professional capacities and who are obligated by law to keep information confidential (i.e., counselors, health professionals) are exempt from this expectation.

The College’s Title IX Coordinator is obligated to act on any report of alleged sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment or misconduct. While the Title IX Coordinator will be discreet during an investigation and will work to maintain a victim’s privacy, he/she cannot offer confidentiality in an investigation. You can learn more about reporting and contacting a contacting a Compliance Officer here.

The Office of Equity Compliance is responsible for assisting students, faculty and staff with issues of Sexual Misconduct. The Office can receive reports of such conduct and will provide information regarding support resources, including no contact orders, housing changes and academic support. The Office can also provide information about what options may be available for taking action, including the College’s Resolution Process and criminal and civil legal action. It is the responsibility of the Office of Equity Compliance to make inquiries into reports of Sexual Misconduct on behalf of the College. However, individuals who report to the Office usually maintain control over what action, if any, will be taken by the College regarding their report (see the Formal Resolution Process for more detail).

Sexual Assault and Gathering Evidence

The first few days after a sexual assault can be a very confusing time. You may have questions and be faced with difficult decisions. During this time you may not want, or be ready, to make many of these decisions. However, you should know the hours immediately following a sexual assault are important for collecting evidence.

Within 5 days or 120 hours of an assault:
You can be examined and cared for at an emergency room. The sooner you get to the hospital after an assault, the greater your options will be. Newton Wellesley Hospital is the closest hospital to campus and their phone number is 617-243-6000.

Preventative treatments for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are more effective. Evidence collection is an option. You do not need to report to the police to have evidence collected, but if you do have evidence collected, you may have more options in the future. Learn more about filing a police report and other legal issues.

Toxicology testing is available within the first 96 hours after an assault if there are signs that drugs or alcohol may have facilitated the assault. Ask for a toxicology kit during your hospital visit if you think you might have been drugged. Try not to bathe, shower, brush your teeth, or go to the bathroom. This is important for preserving evidence. If you already have, it is still possible to collect evidence. If possible, do not change your clothes. If you already have, put your clothes in a clean paper bag, such as a grocery store bag, and bring them with you to the emergency room.

If you choose to go to the hospital after a sexual assault, the hospital may offer you the following options:

  • Immediate attention for medical issues that result from the assault:
  • Testing and possible preventative treatment against sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) and pregnancy
  • A sexual assault exam for the collection of evidence (you don’t have to decide right away what to do with the evidence collected)
  • The option to report to the police (you can to the emergency room whether you choose to report to the police or not)

Emergency room staff may ask you a few questions about why you are visiting the ER to determine whether you want a sexual assault exam and evidence collection kit performed and what kind of injuries you may have. Any physical injuries should be treated before the exam is started. If you decide to have a sexual assault exam, the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) or other medical professional will be called to perform the exam. You have the right to refuse any medical treatment, including the sexual assault exam, when you go to the hospital.

Even if you do not seek medical care or evidence collection within a 120 hours after a sexual assault, you may still have options if you wish to address this conduct. You should contact College Police or the Office of Equity Compliance for more information.