Sexual Assault and Harassment
Middlebury supports an atmosphere of respect and does not tolerate any form of harassment, sexual or otherwise within the program. This includes, but is not limited to, unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, or any intimidating or hostile acts directed toward any individual, regardless of his/her association with the program. If you experience any type of sexual harassment, regardless of whether the offender has any relationship with our program, please notify your on-site staff immediately so they can develop an appropriate course of action on your behalf.
Studying abroad may increase your risk of unwanted sexual contact. The Department of State has this to say: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/women-travelers.html Although the site addresses itself to women travelers, it contains information for everyone.
Our on-site staff is your primary resource for advice to keep yourself safe and can also direct you to local support resources (see below). We also have information by site (scroll for your site) to local laws as well as local support resources on our website.
How to Deal with Harassment
Any Middlebury-CMRS student who has reasonable cause to believe that discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, has occurred or is occurring, or who believes that a student, faculty member or staff member has been subjected to retaliation for having brought or supported a complaint of discrimination or harassment, is encouraged to bring that information to the immediate attention of the Principal.
Any Middlebury-CMRS staff member who learns of an incident of discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation involving a student must report this information to the Principal.
Like Middlebury College, both Oxford University and Keble College have codes of practice relating to harassment. These documents may apply should you be harassed on Oxford University or College premises.
If harassment is experienced in the Oxford City environment a list of addresses is provided at the end of this document that you may find helpful. You should also report it to a member of Middlebury-CMRS staff who will give you every assistance possible.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, a variety of resources is available at Middlebury-CMRS and in the community to help you. You are encouraged to seek medical treatment because of immediate health risks, including sexually transmitted diseases or other bodily injury. You may decide to file a formal complaint or press charges, but you do not have to do this in order to receive medical treatment and emotional support.
- Call the police at 999 if you wish to press charges.
- Consult a medical professional by visiting the Beaumont Street Surgery. Address: 28 Beaumont Street. Telephone: 01865 311 811. If you wish to be accompanied to the Surgery, a Junior Dean or a member of the Middlebury-CMRS staff can go with you.
- Speak about what has happened to you with somebody in whom you can confide. This person might be a friend, a family member, a volunteer, a medical professional or a member of staff.
You can contact:
– Middlebury-CMRS Junior Dean: mobile (overnight) 07753 280187
– Middlebury-CMRS office: 01865 241071
Call 01865 726 295 or Freephone 0800 783 6294. 24 Hour Answerphone: 01865 726 295.
– Rape Crisis England & Wales: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/
– Freephone helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12 – 2.30pm, 7 – 9.30pm)
– If the assault takes place outside Oxford, you can contact a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, where you can receive medical services and emotional support.
You can be referred to the nearest SARC by calling the Rape Crisis England & Wales helpline: 0808 802 9999.
Other Oxford Contacts
Nightline, 16 Wellington Square, Oxford. Tel: 01865 270270 – is open from 8.00 p.m. – 8.00 a.m. every night during university term and during the week immediately before and after each term. They are a sympathetic listening and information service, run by students for students, to share any problem no matter how large or small.
Samaritans, 60 Magdalen Road, Oxford. Tel: 01865 722122 – offer a 24 hour confidential listening service, especially for those who are despairing or suicidal. The office is also open from 8.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.
OUSU Student Advice Service, Tel: 01865 288466 – Provide support for undergraduates and graduates and will treat your enquiry with the strictest confidence. They have 1 full time and 4 part time advice officers on hand to help you.
Thames Valley Police, Oxford. Tel: 0845 8 505 505 – for all enquiries/reports. (Tel: 999 Emergencies only.)
For additional resources about reporting, obtaining support, care, resources and accommodations, and about applicable law enforcement procedures and options, please refer to these resources from the Middlebury Schools Abroad.