University and Community Resources
Immediate/Emergency Resources (Safety and Well-Being)
If you have experienced sexual harassment and need emergency assistance, we encourage you to seek immediate assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response.
The University will assist any Simmons community member to get to a safe place and will provide transportation to the hospital, coordination with law enforcement, and information about the University's resources and complaint process.
Public Safety or Law Enforcement
Assistance is available from Public Safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Simmons University Public Safety
1 Palace Road, Suite P106, Boston, MA 02115
Most Simmons Police Officers are certified sexual assault investigators. They can also connect with you other medical resources in the area.
Boston Police or your local Police Department
Calling 911 will connect you to your local Police Department, and you can ask for the Sexual Assault Division.
The Boston Police Department Sexual Assault Division 24-hour hotline is 617-343-4400.
Simmons Health Services
94 Pilgrim Rd. Available during regular business hours.
Simmons Counseling Services
1 Palace Rd., Suite P-305. Available during regular business hours.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Room
617-754-2450. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are places both at Simmons and in the greater community where individuals can receive completely confidential assistance from professionals who have a legal duty to maintain and protect information shared with them on a confidential basis. These professionals are mandated by law to keep individuals’ disclosures confidential so long as the discussion happens while the professional is acting in that confidential/protected role.
For students, these professionals include:
- Director of Counseling Center and Counseling Center Staff, 617-521-2455
- Director of the Health Center and Health Center Staff, 617-521-1020
Note: There are a few limited circumstances where even confidential resources are legally-mandated to report information. These may include cases involving abuse of minors, persons with disabilities, or the elderly; when required to provide testimony in response to a subpoena or court order; or where an individual is at risk of imminent harm to self or others.
Simmons has also designated the Case Manager of the Violence Prevention and Education Outreach Program as a confidential resource for students who have experienced sexual harassment and need support and/or access to resources. Here is the contact info for this resource:
Faculty and staff may access confidential assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a 24-hour a day service, offered 7 days a week, – AllOne Health (1-800-451-1834).
The physical well-being and safety of students, faculty, and staff is important to us. Additional community resources offer support to those who experience sexual harassment and can provide crisis intervention services, counseling, medical attention, and assistance in interfacing with the criminal justice system. All individuals are encouraged to use the resources that are best suited to their needs, whether on- or off-campus.