CAMPUS SaVE ACT
Policy Concerning Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment. In compliance with federal law, specifically the Jeanne Clery Act (Clery Act) and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act), Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These guidelines apply to all members of the BFIT community (students, faculty, and staff) as well as contractors and visitors.
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology will not tolerate sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, as defined in this Policy, in any form. Such acts of violence are prohibited by BFIT policy, as well as state and federal laws. Individuals who the College determines more likely than not engaged in these types of behaviors are subject to penalties up to and including dismissal or separation from BFIT, regardless of whether they are also facing criminal or civil charges in a court of law.
Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking
- Sexual Assault refers to any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the survivor is incapable of giving consent, as well as incest or statutory rape.
- Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by:
- A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the survivor;
- A person with whom the survivor share a child in common;
- A person who is or was residing in the same household as the survivor; or
- Any person against someone who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
- Dating Violence refers to violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the survivor.
- Stalking occurs when an individual engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Reporting an Incident
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology encourages any member of the BFIT community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, or knows of another member of the community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to report the incident to the College.
If a BFIT student, faculty or staff member, visitor, or contractor has experienced a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, they should immediately report the incident to BFIT Security at x1355 from an on-campus telephone, or 617-588-1355 from an off-campus telephone.
Individuals who are on campus can also make an in-person report to the Security staff. Security will assist all members of the BFIT community by assessing the incident, advising the survivor on how he or she can seek legal protection, and making the survivor aware of medical, counseling, and other support services. If a reported incident did not occur on campus, BFIT Security can assist the survivor in notifying the local police department with jurisdiction over the crime. In case of an emergency or ongoing threat, a survivor should get to a safe location and call 911. Calling 911 will put you in touch with local police.
Students who have experienced a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may also report an incident to any of the members of the Sexual Misconduct Response Team.
Sexual Misconduct Response Team Members:
Employees who have experienced a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may also report an incident to the Director of Human Resources, Kendall Building, 2nd floor, 617-588-1376.