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Sexual Violence and Relationship Violence

Hobart and William Smith Colleges expect that its members will behave responsibly and equitably, that they will respect the personal rights of others, and that they will not infringe on the rights of others. All members of the Colleges are entitled to a professional working and learning environment. All members of the Colleges are accountable and responsible for ensuring that a respectful and trusting environment is maintained.

Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, discrimination and wrong doing based on one’s gender, sexuality, and/or sexual orientation destroys the trust and respect that are at the core of our academic mission. Such actions are condemned by the Colleges and in many instances may be violations of New York State and federal laws.


~No one deserves to be hurt, no one asks to be hurt.~

Who to Contact

If you have been hurt and need help now - you can call:

Geneva Police Department: 911;
the HWS Counseling Center: (315) 781-3388;
for After Hours Emergencies: (315) 781-3333;

Or you can call the local rape crisis and relationship violence agency, Safe Harbors, Inc: (800) 247-7273.

If you are considering a "formal report" to have your case heard before the Sexual Assault Grievance Board at HWS, you will need to report the assault to an HWS official.

You can discuss your rights and options by contacting:

Reporting, Grievance Hearings, and Campus Services:

Jessica Ettell
Title IX Coordinator
(315) 781-3911
Ettell@hws.edu
If you have to need to speak with the Title IX Coordinator in an emergency, please contact Campus Safety to connect you to the Title IX Coordinator.

Confidential Resources

The Center for Counseling and Student Wellness
(315) 781-3388
CCSW's staff is fully trained in providing counseling support services for survivors. Maria Saavedra Finger, PhD also provides sexual violence prevention and response training on behalf of the counseling center.

Hubbs Health Center
(315) 781-3600

Lesley Adams
Chaplain
(315) 781-3671

Other Resources

Robb Flowers
Vice President for Student Affairs
(315) 781-3900

Stacey Pierce
Associate Dean of Students
(315) 781-3880

Campus Safety
(315) 781-3000
Campus Safety officers are here to help! Officers can make contact with the Title IX Coordinator, on-call staff, Geneva Police, or medical personnel.

Residential Education Staff, Area Coordinators or RAs
(315) 781-3880 or contact Campus Safety at (315) 781-3000

Hobart Deans
(315) 781-3300

William Smith Deans
(315) 781-3467

If you are unsure about which action to take, if any, or do not wish to report, you can always feel free to talk in confidence to someone at the HWS Counseling Center: (315) 781-3388.

For further information and more resources, see the links on this page.