Sexual Assault Policy

Mount Holyoke College is committed to a climate of diversity, respect, accountability, and free inquiry.  We see it as our collective responsibility to be a community free from the ill effects of harassment and discrimination.  The College is developing the following policy to enforce our prohibition of gender-based discrimination.  This means it is against College policy to engage in any behavior, intentional or unintentional, that denies a person the benefit of or access to programs, activities and services based on gender.  Examples of gender-based discrimination include sexual assault, rape, unwanted sexual advances, unwelcome sexual contact and gender based stereotyping. 

The scope of this policy covers students and protects students from discriminatory behavior that occurs on the College grounds and conduct that occurs off campus while on college related business (e.g. study abroad, academic exchange sponsored by the College or summer internship sponsored by the College).

We recognize that sexual assault, sexual misconduct and other forms of gender-based harassment can occur between individuals of any sex, gender identity/expression and/or sexual orientation, and does not discriminate in who has access of services and supports. 

The College encourages members of the College community to report any incident of sexual assault or gender discrimination promptly, and accepts anonymous and third party reports.  Reporting is an expectation each member of the community must share and is a requirement for employees who serve as a student’s supervisor, advisor, coach, or is a person to which a student would reasonably think of as a person of authority.   All reports of harassment are taken seriously and will be investigated. 

Faculty, staff, students and visitors can report behaviors they have experienced, witnessed or become aware to many offices on campus such as Campus Police, Dean of Students Office, Human Resources, or Residential Life.  Individuals can also report harassing behavior, ask questions regarding this policy or make suggestions for policy improvements to the College’s Title IX Coordinators.

Title IX Coordinator
Rene Davis
Associate Dean of the College
300A Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
ph 413-538-2481 or

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Chris Abbuhl
Director of Human Resources
1 Skinner Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
ph 413-538-2503

The Title IX Coordinators oversee the College’s centralized support system, review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender based harassment. The Coordinator, with the support of the deputy and other offices across campus, also oversees the College’s overall compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which includes the dissemination of a policy on sexual misconduct, offering of training for the entire campus community and the collection of data related to gender discrimination.

Maintaining confidentiality of survivors’ identities is an extremely high priority. Reporting an incident does not require that a survivor take legal action. The College’s primary concern is ensuring the safety of students and employees and providing access to services.