This BSU Student Handbook is a guide to student's rights, responsibilities and resources.
Policy regarding rights and possible disciplinary action in response to sexual assault
Sexual assault is a criminal violation of state law and a violation of the university's student conduct code. Therefore, a student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under Massachusetts criminal statutes and disciplined under the university student conduct process. Under Massachusetts law, rape is a felony offense, punishable by imprisonment in a state prison. If found responsible under the university's student conduct code, the student could be removed from university residence halls and/or suspended or expelled from the university.
Even if criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute an alleged assailant, university student conduct action may be pursued if the university believes that sexual assault has occurred. Definitions of terms such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape and date rape can be found in the Right-To-Know Information section of this handbook. If the university has a strong suspicion to believe that a sexual assault or rape was committed by an enrolled Bridgewater State University student, the Vice President of Student Affairs, or designee, may immediately suspend the alleged perpetrator from the residential facility and/or university pending the outcome of a hearing. A hearing will be scheduled within the 10 class days following the report of the incident. Alternative academic or living arrangements for the accused and/or the survivor may also be made by the vice president, or designee, if appropriate and reasonably available.
Don't blame yourself. The person who committed the assault is responsible. Sexual penetration without your consent (even with a date) is RAPE.
Where to get confidential help:
A New Day 508.588.8255
BSU Health Services 508.531.1252
BSU Counseling Center 508.531.1331
BSU Office of Student Conduct 508.531.6177
BSU Police Department 911 or 508.531.1212
BSU Residence Life and Housing or 508.531.1277
Brockton Hospital Emergency Room 508.941.7400
New Hope 800.323.4673
Men's violence against women constitutes very serious crimes committed on university campuses. Women in universities are at high risk for this type of criminal violence. Several recent studies looking at the incidence of gender violence on university campuses have been conducted. However, their findings continue to support the conclusions of the seminal 1987 study of more than 6,000 students from 32 colleges and universities representing higher education institutions in the United States. That study found that one of every four female students surveyed reported having been a survivor of rape or attempted rape. Most of these incidents were not committed by the stereotypical stranger in the dark alley, but by friends and acquaintances of the women. Of the men surveyed, one of every 15 reported having committed behaviors that met the legal definition of rape and most men reported that they knew their victims.
Many survivors of violent crimes, and especially survivors of sexual assaults, experience emotional distress. Victims become survivors by taking control of their lives again. The process of surviving begins by making sure you receive the physical and emotional care you need. Also, it's important to learn about your rights.
Relationship violence: When a person intentionally causes bodily injury to someone, makes offensive contact with a person or physically harms that person, they have committed battery. Battery requires that the perpetrator has touched the person or made contact with that person through a weapon or other device.
Violence is not confined to heterosexual relationships. It also exists within same-sex relationships. Relationship violence affects everyone regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic class, race, sexual orientation, education, occupation, gender or age. No group is exempt. There is nothing acceptable or "fair" about being the object of another person's abusive anger, threats, continual criticism, physical abuse, or having that person continually checking up on you. Size does not dictate who becomes the batterer or who becomes the victim. The bottom line is that violence in an intimate relationship is an abuse of power and control. No one deserves to be treated abusively or controlled by another person.
When one person maintains power and control over another by using physical, verbal, emotional or sexual violence, that's an abusive relationship. A court "abuse prevention order," commonly known as a "restraining order," is granted to survivors of domestic or relationship violence. A restraining order prohibits continuing abuse and can mandate no contact and/or other restrictions. Violation of a restraining order is considered a criminal offense and police are required to respond by making an arrest.
A restraining order can be obtained by appearing at a district, municipal, probate or superior court or by requesting the assistance of the BSU police. Emergency (temporary) restraining orders may also be obtained on weekends, holidays or weeknights by contacting the police.
In addition, you also have the legal right to ask the police for the following kinds of assistance:
Does your partner:
What is a healthy relationship? A nonviolent, healthy relationship based upon equality and partnership includes:
Last Modified: April 18, 2013