New England Conservatory is committed to creating a safe environment for all students. Changing attitudes toward sexual conduct starts with education. Therefore, we require all incoming students to take the Haven course, a web-based informational program that educates students on healthy relationships, the meaning of sexual consent and the role of the bystander in creating a safe and healthy community.

In spite of our best intentions, sexual misconduct may occur on or off campus. We have established a clear set of policies and procedures to address these serious offenses which can be found on our Sexual Misconduct Policy page.  

Responding to Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is a traumatizing experience.  NEC encourages victims of sexual assault to seek immediate medical evaluation at a local hospital emergency department where you will likely be examined by a nurse who specializes in sexual assault treatment.  The collection of evidence is important, should you decide to press legal charges.  Therefore, do not shower, bathe, douche, brush teeth, eat, drink, change clothing or urinate until you have reached the hospital.  It is advisable to bring any clothing, bedding or towels that might contain evidence to the hospital in a paper bag.  You will not be required to use this as evidence, but it is best to preserve it anyway. Evidence may be collected for up to five days.

NEC encourages students to report acts of sexual assault to the Boston Police. The hospital staff will assist you with the reporting process.  However, they will not force you to file a police report.

While NEC strongly encourages victims of sexual assault to seek medical attention at a local hospital emergency room, we understand that some students may feel reluctant to take this step.  The following resources are also available to NEC students:

  • NEC Health and Counseling Services
    Room 112 in the St. Botolph Building (224 St. Botolph Street)
    Phone: 617-585-1284.

Any information shared with NEC Health and Counseling services is strictly confidential.  There is a healthcare professional on-call for phone consultations after-hours.  If Health and Counseling Services is closed, listen to the outgoing message for directions on how to page the doctor on-call.

  • The Boston Area Rape Crisis (BARCC) Hotline 
    Phone: 800-841-8371
    www.barcc.org/help
  • Victims’ Rights Law Center
    Phone: 617-399-6720 x19
    Fax: 617-399-6722
    Address: 115 Broad Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02110
  • Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit
    Phone: 617-343-4400

Reporting Sexual Assault to NEC Administrators

As mentioned above, students who wish to maintain strict confidentiality are encouraged to report acts of sexual assault to NEC Health and Counseling Services. Visits are confidential and medical records will only be released without your consent if subpoenaed by a court of law.

Students are also encouraged to report acts of sexual assault to any of the following NEC administrators who have been educated in the rights of and services available for victims:

  • Thomas Handel; Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator for Student against Student Sexual Assault
    Office of Student Services (St. Botolph Building, room 224)
    617-585-1310
    thomas.handel@necmusic.edu
  • *Suzanne Hegland; Associate Dean of Students
    Office of Student Services (St. Botolph Building, room 224)
    617-585-1313
    suzanne.hegland@necmusic.edu
  • *Rebecca Teeters; Academic and International Student Advisor
    Office of Student Services (St. Botolph building, room 224)
    617-585-1311
    rebecca.teeters@necmusic.edu
  • * Mary Louton; Director of International Student Services and Academic Advisor
    Office of Student Services (St. Botolph building, room 224)
    617-585-1312
    mary.louton@necmusic.edu

*Please note that these administrators are required to report allegations of sexual assault to the Title IX Coordinator named above.

Other Resources

NEC does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or use of external websites.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Not Alone

Safe Horizon

The National Center for Victims of Crime

Planned Parenthood

The Emergency Contraceptive Website

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