Sexual Harassment and Assault
Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, can happen anywhere in the world. Brandeis University is committed to responding to these issues whether students are studying in Waltham or off-campus.
Study abroad participants are expected to follow Brandeis policies as well those of their study abroad programs and host countries. Violations of these policies may result in sanctions both at Brandeis and at your host institution.
In the event you, or someone you care about, experience sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence and/or stalking while abroad, you are strongly encouraged to seek the support of your onsite staff or faculty. Seek safety first; then talk to the resident/program director or international student office your program abroad. We also ask that you contact your advisor in the Office of Study Abroad in order to provide you the appropriate support and resources. We can work with your program as well as discuss Brandeis resources that are available to you.
The Office of Study Abroad will work with the University's Title IX Coordinator on any instances of sexual misconduct. All reports to the Title IX Coordinator are to ensure that students are safe and supported.
Brandeis-Led Study Abroad Programs
Policies for any Brandeis-Led Program are the same as they are on campus. You are held to the same conduct expectations that we have on campus. Policies on sexual and gender-based misconduct can be found in "Rights and Responsibilities."
If for any reason you feel you have been involved in an incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct, please contact your advisor in the Office of Study Abroad. You may also refer to or contact the Office of Equal Opportunity for information regarding prohibited conduct, your rights as both a reporting and responding student, and how to report the incident, or contact the Prevention, Advocacy, and Resource Center for confidential support services which can be made available via online chat or video call for abroad students. If you choose to report an incident, we encourage you to work with the local Brandeis program faculty. Your faculty member, as a responsible employee, is required to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator at Brandeis, and they are not a confidential source of support. They will be able to offer guidance regarding local response resources and reporting protocols and on-site accommodations. For confidential campus resources and support, please review these resources.
If you are a responding student, meaning an incident report is brought against you while you are on a Brandeis program, you will be held to the standards and adjudication structure of Brandeis University.
Brandeis Approved Programs
If you are participating on a non-Brandeis program, you are expected to follow Brandeis' policies and the host program's policies. You will be expected to understand and follow both sets of policies. It is your responsibility to learn more about the program's conduct expectations - not knowing the policies is not an excuse for not following them.
If for any reason you feel you have been involved in an incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct, the Brandeis on-campus support resources are available to you from a distance. However, your best resource for immediate local support is the program staff on site. Because the program's policies are also relevant, it is a good idea to work with the study abroad program staff to understand what you can expect in terms of response and reporting. The program staff can also help determine what - if any - accommodations you might need to help keep you safe. This could be access to confidential victim services, access to medical assistance, help with reporting to police (only if you chose to do so), potential housing changes, academic accommodations, as well as other resources.
REMEMBER: If you want to speak with a confidential support person - that is someone who is not required to report to the program or Brandeis' Title IX Coordinator - you will need to specifically ask for someone who can be confidential. Most program staff will be required by law to report any incidents. However, they should be able to guide you to local resources that can help without having to report. Regardless of whether or not you choose to report to the program or to local police, your safety is our primary concern.
If you do want to report the incident, work directly with the overseas study abroad staff. They should report all incidents to Brandeis. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Brandeis will then follow up with you about the incident and work with you and the program abroad to offer necessary support, guidance, and resolution.
If an incident report is brought against you while you are on a non-Brandeis program, you will be held to the standards and adjudication structure of the program AND of Brandeis University. A responding student (alleged offender) will be held to the sanctions imposed by the host program. The host program will notify Brandeis of these sanctions in a timely manner. A responding student could also be subject to additional action based on Brandeis' policy. The Title IX Coordinator will review the case based on Brandeis policy. If merited, additional sanctions could be imposed.
In all cases, please refer to Brandeis' website on Sexual Misconduct and Title IX for the most up to date policies, resources, and guidance.
If you would like to discuss an incident, but do not want a formal or informal investigation into the matter, you may contact the following resources:
Brandeis Confidential Complaint Hotline
Brandeis Health Center
Brandeis Counseling Center