MWCC is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in any form and the timely and fair resolution of complaints.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 provides:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
- Student Catalog Policies and Procedures
- Affirmative Action Policy
- Affirmative Action Policy Against Sexual Harassment
- Affirmative Action Policy Against Sexual Violence
- 2016 Annual Security Report
- Know Your IX
- MWCC’s Title IX Brochure
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO REPORT TO THE TITLE IX COORDINATOR?
The College has a duty to promptly respond to all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; whether on or off campus incidents. The purpose is to prevent sex discrimination on campus, promptly address reported incidents, limit the effects of harassment on the educational environment, and prevent its recurrence.
HOW TO REPORT:
Faculty, staff and student employees who receive complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are obligated to report complaints to the Title IX Coordinator and/or their supervisor or department head.
REPORTING OPTIONS – Campus Resources:MWCC Campus Police Gardner Campus (978) 630-9150 24 hours – 7 days a week Title IX Coordinator: Diane Ruksnaitis (978) 630-9160 Arthur F. Haley Academic Center First Floor, Room 109 In the absence of the Title IX Coordinator, complaints can be directed to: Heather Mulry, Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action (978) 630-9374 Arthur F. Haley Academic Center First Floor, Room 111 Ann McDonald, Executive Vice President (978) 630-9164 Arthur F. Haley Academic Center First Floor, Room 107
CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES:MWCC Student Support Services (978) 630-9178 Arthur F. Haley Academic Center First Floor, Room 140
Allegations involving Title IX offenses, including sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, domestic and dating violence, shall be reported by all “Responsible Employees” to the Title IX coordinator or official designee as soon as the employee becomes aware of it. A Responsible Employee includes any College employee: who has the authority to take action to redress Title IX offenses; who has been given the duty of reporting Title IX offenses to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. Responsible Employees shall include, but are not be limited to, College trustees, administrators, department chairs, program coordinators, campus police, club/activity advisors, coaches, managers or supervisors.
Domestic/Dating Violence & Sexual Assault Resources
Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
- Clery Center: The Clery Center for Security On Campus is dedicated to preventing violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes.
- Campus SaVE Act: The Campus Save Act is the most recent, and far reaching, in a long line of laws that protect students from sexual violence and harassment.
- Not Alone: Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.
- Sexual Violence – Victim’s Rights and Information: Information to assist members of the College community with understanding the rights, protections and services available to victims of sexual violence.
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources
- Resources for Massachusetts Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Student Empower – Allies in Action: BE AN ALLY : Have you ever done something to help? It could be simple, like the time you told your friend that a rape joke wasn’t funny. Small actions add up to big change.
- Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) – Services available to all victims of all crimes.
To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported