Sexual Violence 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 has developed the following policy to enforce our prohibition of gender-based discrimination.  Mount Holyoke College prohibits its faculty, staff and students from engaging in any form of sexual violence against another member of, or visitor to our community.  Sexual violence incorporates a continuum of nonconsensual acts including sexual harassment, rape, stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual coercion. 

This policy covers incidents that occur 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).

This policy protects members of the Mount Holyoke community and visitors, including prospective employees and applicants for admission, of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, immigration status, genders, gender identities and sexual orientation.  The College does not discriminate in providing services to victims and survivors.

The College provides the student support services and resources highlighted in this policy document at no cost. 

Related Policies and Applicable Laws

This sexual violence policy is a component of the College's overall compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 and our commitment to nondiscrimination.

The College has named the following individuals as Title IX Coordinators to oversee compliance with these laws, including the review and investigation of reports of sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinators are also responsible for identifying and addressing systematic problems that may arise during the complaint process. Individuals can also reach out to the Title IX Coordinators to obtain interim measures to redress, to the extent possible, the effects of the violence experience and prevent its reoccurrence. 

The College encourages members of the College community to report any incident of sexual violence 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 or Human Resources.  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
201 Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
ph 413-538-2481 or

Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Chris Abbuhl                                      Eleanor Townsley                       Summer Hutcheson
Director of Human Resources          Associate Dean of Faculty          Associate Athletics Director
1 Skinner Hall                                    101 Mary Lyon Hall                    110 Kendall Sports Complex
50 College Street                               50 College Street                        50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075                   South Hadley, MA 01075           South Hadley, MA 01075
ph 413-538-2503                               ph 413-538-3093                       ph 413-538-2276          

Maintaining confidentiality of the identity of the survivor and/or reporting party is a high priority.  Reporting an incident or utilizing support services does not require a survivor to take campus disciplinary or off campus legal action. The College's primary concern is ensuring the safety of its students and employees and providing access to support services.