Title IX

Sexual Misconduct | Title IX

Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking are prohibited and will not be tolerated by Wellesley. Wellesley is committed to providing a safe environment in which all students can thrive as they pursue their educational goals.

 

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.

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Important Updates

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1/30/19 - President Paula Johnson’s comments on the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX Regulations

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.

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1/30/19 - Twenty-Four private liberal arts colleges release statement on Department of Education’s proposed Title IX 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.”

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1/23/19 - Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts statement on U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX

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.

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1/18/19 - Resources in light of the Department of Education's proposed regulations regarding how colleges and universities will be held accountable for responding to complaints of sexual harassment

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 (titleix@wellesley.edu 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 CenterHealth 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.

JanetInterim Director of Nondiscrimination Initiatives and Title IX Coordinator/504 Coordinator
Janet Elie Faulkner
titleix@wellesley.edu
781-283-2451
Location: Schneider Center 214

The Interim 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

 

Title IX was enacted in 1972 to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs that receive federal funds. It has long been used to promote gender equity in sports. In 2011, the federal government expanded the interpretation of Title IX to include how colleges and universities investigate complaints of sexual violence.

Relationship with Students Policy

student and faculty/staff icons with a "not allowed" red circle

Faculty and staff are prohibited from engaging in sexual or romantic relationships with students. For questions, contact the Title IX Coordinator. 
 

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

Applies in cases where the accused individual is a student. Download a PDF version of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy
 

Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Other Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Applies in cases where the accused individual is faculty or staff. Note that even in these cases, where the reporting party is a student, that party can still access support as described in the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. Download a PDF version of the Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Other Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.

Reporting options:

title ix/nondiscrimination incident reporting form

contact wellesley college police department

compliance hotline

Confidentiality

  • 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.

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Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence Together teaches employees how to recognize and report student sexual misconduct.

  1. Review the policy under Related Policies.
  2. Visit the EduRisk Learning Portal.
  3. If you have accessed this training before, log in. If not, click "Register" and complete the registration form.
    1. You will receive a welcome email with your username and a temporary password.
    2. Follow the link in the email to sign on.
    3. You will be prompted to create a new password. 
  4. Once you are logged in, complete:
    1. Mosaic: Prevent Discrimination and Harassment Together (choose the Supervisor version if applicable); and 
    2. Mosaic: Prevent Sexual Violence Together
  5. Note: Pop-up blocker must be disabled for ue.blackboard.com. For technical difficulties, visit portalhelp.ue.org.
  6. 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.

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