As a member of the Wellesley College Community you have the right:
- To be treated with respect and dignity.
- To be free from violence, force, threats, and abuse.
- To be free of any action that unduly interferes with your rights and learning environment.
- To be made aware of all medical, legal, and support options available.
- To have access to confidential support.
- To a prompt and fair resolution process.
Title IX - Home
As you may have seen, on May 6, the U.S. Department of Education issued extensive new Title IX regulations that make significant changes to how colleges and universities are required to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. These new regulations include a number of changes for institutions, including altering how sexual harassment is defined under Title IX, and putting in place new requirements such as mandating a live hearing as part of a response to complaints of sexual misconduct. All educational institutions that receive federal funding will be required to amend their policies to be in compliance with the new regulations.
The College will spend the summer analyzing these changes and determining how to best comply with the law’s new requirements (which go into effect on August 14 of this year). Since the regulations require several changes to our current Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and our Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Other Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation, adapting our procedures will take some time. We will provide updates to the community as we assess how we will implement these new regulations. Please know that until our policies and procedures change, our current policies remain in effect.
Wellesley remains deeply committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of all members of our community. The College is proactively working on an ongoing basis to prevent sexual misconduct from occurring in our community, as well as responding promptly and effectively to stop sexual misconduct if it does occur. This commitment is illustrated not only by our work on campus, but also in our role as a founding member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, which is dedicated to addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines, and among all people in higher education.
Our top priority as we analyze these new regulations will be to continue to focus on the prevention of sexual misconduct on our campus and to address these issues when they arise in our community with sensitivity and fairness.
If there are ever any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out, or access resources available to the community via the Title IX website.
President Johnson submitted comments on the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX Regulations. Drawing from her work as co-chair of a study sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine regarding the impacts of sexual harassment in academia, President Johnson suggests recommendations that would lessen potential harmful effects of the Department’s proposed regulations.
Wellesley joined fellow private liberal arts colleges in releasing a statement on the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX Regulations. The colleges ask for reconsideration and/or further work on the regulations to ensure that they advance Title IX’s goal of educational environments free from discrimination and harassment. The primary concern of the colleges is that “the Department seeks to remove the autonomy of private, independent schools by seeking to impose a uniform, “one-size-fits-all” set of procedures for handling all allegations of sexual violence and sexual harassment, for every school in the United States, regardless of the school’s size, history, geography, mission, values, or culture.”
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), of which Wellesley is a member, submitted written comments on the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations. AICUM is concerned that the proposed regulations, as currently drafted, may undermine rather than advance Title IX’s very purpose – to protect against discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.
On November 16, 2018, the Department of Education (DOE) released proposed regulations regarding how colleges and universities will be held accountable for responding to complaints of sexual harassment. Under Title IX, sexual harassment includes sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. These regulations, if they were to be put into place, would have a significant impact on how institutions are expected to address these issues within their communities.
The regulations are only proposed at this stage, as a 60-day notice and comment period began on November 29, 2018. During this time period., the public is invited to submit comments regarding the proposed regulations. When the comment period closes on January 28, 2019, the DOE will review these comments and decide whether to make any changes to the proposed regulations. After that, the final regulations will be issued. Find more information regarding the notice and comment process.
Wellesley is working with the leadership of colleges and universities locally and around the country to consider how best to comment on these proposed regulations. As we develop next steps, anyone with questions about how Wellesley College responds to issues of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct should visit the Sexual Misconduct/Title IX website, which has information about College policy, resources, and how to report misconduct.
Individuals should also feel free to contact the Director for Non-Discrimination Initiatives/ Title IX Coordinator directly with any questions you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-283-2451).
Wellesley College’s support for those who may have experienced sexual harassment remains strong, as there is no place for any form of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct within our community. Individuals who may have experienced this conduct are reminded that there are many resources available to support them, including confidential support from the Stone Center, Health Services, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Information regarding other support resources both on and off campus can be found on this site's resources page.
Director of Nondiscrimination Initiatives and Title IX Coordinator/504 Coordinator
Location: Schneider Center 214
The Director of Nondiscrimination Initiatives and Title IX Coordinator/504 Coordinator is available to provide information to students regarding the College’s Title IX program, including policies, investigation process, and interim and other remedies, and works with other on-campus resources as appropriate. The Title IX Coordinator is also available to work with off-campus resources and offices at other institutions of higher education. The Title IX Coordinator takes primary responsibility for assessment of effectiveness of the College’s Title IX program
Relationship with Students Policy
Faculty and staff are prohibited from engaging in sexual or romantic relationships with students. For questions, contact the Title IX Coordinator.
- Police and the Title IX Coordinator are non-confidential resources and will treat the information you give them with extreme sensitivity. In some cases, they may need to use the information to address a threat or maintain safety.
- If you report criminal activity on campus a specially trained Campus Police officer will respond and investigate and share the information with the Town of Wellesley Police because the College is within the jurisdiction of the Town.
- If you report criminal activity that occurred outside of Wellesley College, Campus Police will take a preliminary report documenting the basic facts and will be available to assist in working with the law enforcement department with jurisdiction.
Wellesley takes seriously its commitment to empowering students to end sexual misconduct. All students are encouraged to complete Not Anymore, an online education program that will provide you with information about sexual misconduct on college campuses and how to be an active bystander, as well as opportunities for personal reflection.
Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence Together teaches employees how to recognize and report student sexual misconduct.
- Review the policy under Related Policies.
- Visit the EduRisk Learning Portal.
- If you have accessed this training before, log in. If not, click "Register" and complete the registration form.
- You will receive a welcome email with your username and a temporary password.
- Follow the link in the email to sign on.
- You will be prompted to create a new password.
- Once you are logged in, complete:
- Mosaic: Prevent Discrimination and Harassment Together (choose the Supervisor version if applicable); and
- Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence Together.
- Note: Pop-up blocker must be disabled for ue.blackboard.com. For technical difficulties, visit portalhelp.ue.org.
- A history of your completed courses is available in “My Completions.” You will also receive an email containing a link to your completion certificate, upon successful completion of the course.