Get help right away! 

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the Springfield College Department of Public Safety at (413) 748-5555 and move to a safe place as soon as possible.

Confidential Resources

These resources allow individuals seeking to talk to someone about an incident of gender-based misconduct in a confidential manner without making a report to the College or triggering any investigation.

SUPPORT

On Campus Support

Counseling Center – (413) 748-3345

  • Counselors are available during regular office hours. To reach a counselor after business hours, call Public Safety at (413) 748-5555 and ask for the counselor on call.

For Employees: Employee Assistance Plan: 1(800) 252-4555

Off Campus Support

YWCA of Western Massachusetts – (413) 733-7100

  • 24/7 Confidential crisis hotline including support and advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

MEDICAL

To preserve evidence of sexual assault, if you have not already done so, do not shower or brush teeth. Place clothes, sheets, etc. into paper bag and bring to hospital.

Baystate Medical Center(413) 794-3233
Mercy Medical Center – (413) 748-9000

  • Specialized sexual assault exams including evidence collection, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

Health Center – (413) 748-3175

  • Services are available during regular office hours. Provides health services including sexually transmitted infection testing and emergency contraception.

Non-Confidential Resources

These resources provide and connect individuals to resources including academic, housing, health, safety, and emotional support. If one of these resources is utilized and an act of gender-based misconduct is alleged it will result in a report to the College, and may trigger a formal investigation. Although not confidential, resources are considered “private.” Information is shared with limited key administrators on a need-to-know basis.

SAFETY

Springfield College Department of Public Safety: (413) 748-5555

  • 24/7 emergency services, including access to a trained sexual assault investigator.

Springfield Police Department: (413) 787-6302

Individual Rights:

  • An individual who has experienced gender-based misconduct has the right to choose whether to file a police report or not.
  • Reporting the incident to the Springfield Police Department does not mean that an individual has to take the offender to court.

CAMPUS SUPPORT

Administrator on Call: (413) 748-5555

  • 24/7 support for emergency residential charges and access to support services

Office of Student Affairs: (413) 748-3922

  • Can assist with connection to resources and safety planning

Office of Housing and Residence Life: (413) 748-3102

  • Can assist with alternative housing.

Online and Regional Campuses:

  • For additional assistance, please contact Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Online and Regional Campus Students: Camille Elliott, MS, CAGS; Associate Director of Student Services (413) 748-3978 263 Alden Street Springfield, MA 01109

Pregnant and Parenting Students:

The College prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Any rules concerning parental status may not be applied differently based on sex, gender, or orientation, and thus apply to all students. Student Rights Under Title IX, students experiencing pregnancy or parenting, or any of the aforementioned conditions, have specific rights related to their educational access. The College must excuse absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your doctor says it is medically necessary.

You have the right to return to the same academic and co-curricular standing. The College has the responsibility to ensure that all faculty members understand the Title IX requirements related to excused absences relative to pregnancy and parenting, including class participation, grades, and delayed due dates for assignments. If you are experiencing concerns based in your pregnancy or parenting that are affecting your academic schedule or standing, support can be provided by meeting with the College Title IX coordinator or one of the deputy Title IX coordinators.

For more information about your rights as a student relative to the above conditions visit the Office of Civil Rights website.

If you need help or support with accommodations related to your pregnant or parenting status please contact deputy Title IX coordinator, Camille Elliot in-office in room 306 of the Learning Commons, via email: celliot@springfieldcollege.edu or by phone: (413) 748-3978.

If you have experienced discrimination related to your pregnant or parenting status you can report the discrimination here

Other Help:

Interim Measures: When the College receives a report of gender-based misconduct interim remedies to prevent further acts of misconduct and to provide a safe educational and/or work environment are implemented as necessary. The College will determine the necessity and scope of any interim remedies on a case-by-case basis. Even when a person involved in the Title IX process does not specifically request that protective action be taken, the College may choose to impose interim remedies at its discretion to monitor the safety of any individual, the broader College community, or the integrity of the review process.

Such measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic modifications, including a change in class schedule, taking an incomplete, dropping a course without penalty, attending a class remotely or other alternative means, providing an academic tutor or extending deadlines for assignments;
  • Change of housing assignment;
  • Change in work assignment or schedule; or
  • Providing an escort to ensure safe movement between work or academic activities. 
  • Interim suspension or leave

Protective Orders: When filing a report, the reporting party has the right to notify law enforcement or decline to notify law enforcement, including Springfield College police, municipal police, and Massachusetts State Police. If you need help filing a criminal report or seeking a restraining or protective order, our Department of Public Safety has trained investigators to help walk you through the process.

If a court or College-ordered no contact or other protective order is put in place, the Department of Public Safety shall keep it on file and notify necessary parties. If you have a court-ordered protective or restraining order, you should notify the Department of Public Safety at (413) 748-5555.

Students may also report violations of a court order to the Department of Public Safety by calling (413) 748-5555, or, if off campus, by calling 911.

Active Bystanders:

Learn more about the College’s bystander intervention training and programming to learn how to protect our pride. Review the College’s situational guidelines, learn tips about being an active bystander, and about support and resources here.