Bystander Policy

Continuing Education students, faculty or staff who witness verbal or physical harassment or conflicts that may escalate into assault or battery, or who have information about individuals in trouble or potential volatile situations and can help prevent violence by acting on that information, should contact Public Safety (extension 7225) or Continuing & Career Education (extension 7364) as soon as possible. If the situation requires immediate intervention, contact the Department of Public Safety’s emergency number at extension 5555.

Designated campus authorities will keep the bystander’s name confidential when possible. Since a suspected person’s rights are a fundamental and legitimate concern, campus authorities will act in a way that takes bystander reports seriously, while respecting a suspected person’s free speech, due process, search-and-seizure and privacy rights. All persons’ behaviors are bound by the College’s conduct code policy and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.