For any on-campus emergency, dial ‘0’ or x7291 for the Campus Safety Department. From a cell phone dial 413-528-7291.
Domestic Violence in Massachusetts is defined by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 209A as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members:
Family or Household Members are persons who:
Speak to someone from the Campus Safety Department or Campus Life department about your needs. Consider before you arrive the answers to the following questions:
If you obtained a restraining order from any court, bring it with you. Massachusetts has a reciprocal agreement with most states which allows local police officers to make an arrest based on a violation of an out-of-state restraining order.
Take any threats seriously, especially if you have previous experience or knowledge that the other party has a history that includes the use of violence. If you are uncertain about your safety around your abuser, avoid contact and seek assistance from Campus Life or Campus Safety. Alert friends to your concerns, and develop a plan to signal them if you are in danger. Ask them to call for help if they have any concerns about your safety.
Alert others, if possible to your danger. If you are in a residence hall, make noise to alert neighbors. Try to get to safety and call the Campus Safety Department as soon as possible. The Campus Safety officer will use all reasonable means to protect the victim and prevent further abuse. The officer shall take, but is not limited to the following action:
Get somewhere safe and report your situation to the Campus Safety Department yourself or with assistance from others around you. Inform Campus Safety if your attacker is still nearby and provide them with a description.
Officers will assist you in obtaining medical treatment for injuries. They will also assist you in finding a safe place to stay, if needed, whether that is a different location on campus, or elsewhere.
The Campus Safety Department can make recommendations based on your situation that can help ensure your safety:
If appropriate for the situations, inform the Administrator on-call of the need for alternative temporary campus housing.
When a victim reports a past domestic violence situation victims can choose to seek a restraining order from the local court. Residence Directors can provide support and guidance with court officials as third party even though they cannot act as a direct agent in such a court order.
When a victim does not feel that s/he wants, or cannot obtain, a restraining order based on circumstances, s/he may request a trespass notice be issued. Officers will take information on your case and will be able to let you know if a trespass notice is appropriate. Standards for a campus trespass notice are less strict than those for a restraining order; if a restraining order is not issued by the courts, a trespass notice may still be possible.
The Campus Safety Department can act as a liaison to other departments on campus to assist you such as arranging for health care, mental health counseling, informing Academic Affairs of your situation, etc.
Campus Safety Department x7291
Residential Life x7693
Health and Counseling Services x7353