Title IX – Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policies & Procedures
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities (such as housing, athletics, and employment) at universities that receive federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination (further defined below) includes sexual harassment and sexual assault or violence. Becker College will not tolerate such discrimination.
The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex against students or applicants for admission, or employees or applicants for employment or in the administration of its policies or in any aspect of its operations. The College will respond to reported violations of Title IX by protecting the victim and our community, conducting prompt and thorough investigations and providing support.
Becker College has a Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the College's compliance with Title IX and investigating complaints of sexual assault or violence, harassment, discrimination, and other sex-based complaints from students, staff and faculty. The Title IX Coordinator is also responsible for training the College community on Title IX.Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities (such as housing, athletics, and employment) at universities that receive federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination (further defined below) includes sexual harassment and sexual assault or violence. Becker College will not tolerate such discrimination.
What is sex discrimination?
Sex discrimination is any action that adversely affects the employment or educational opportunities of a person due to his or her sex. This includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, in sports, in scholarship programs and in decisions or actions at all operational levels on campus. Sex discrimination also encompasses harassment of an individual on the basis of sex.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive or that unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in a College course, program or activity or is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation. Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to: unnecessary touching or brushing against someone in a sexual manner; demanding sexual favors concerning employment; unwelcome messages or communications of a sexual nature.
What is a hostile environment?
When sexual harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes, limits or deprives someone of the ability to participate in or benefit from the College's educational programs, activities or employment, a hostile environment has been created.
What is the College’s obligation with respect to sexual harassment?
The College is legally required to take immediate steps to address both harassment and hostile environment discrimination and take steps to eliminate them. Sexual harassment and the existence of a hostile environment are to be determined from both an objective and subjective viewpoint. The College encourages all community members to report sexual harassment at the earliest opportunity.
What is sexual assault?
Any intentional sexual touching however slight, with any object or body part, by one person upon another without consent or by force. Sexual touching includes any contact of sexual nature with the breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth, or body part of another. Any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), including sexual intercourse with an object or body part, however slight, by one person upon another without consent or by force. Sexual intercourse includes vaginal and/or anal preparation by a penis, object, tongue or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact).
What is Consent?
Informed, freely given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Effective consent may never be obtained when there is a threat of force or violence, or any other form of coercion or intimidation, whether physical or psychological. Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is mentally or physically incapacitated whether due to drugs, alcohol or some other condition, or from a minor. Silence or lack of active resistance does not imply consent. Intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain consent. A person incapacitated by alcohol or drug consumption, or who is unconscious or asleep or otherwise physically or cognitively impaired, is incapable of giving consent.
The College engages in comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies and campaigns intended to end harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. All employees are required to participate in annual harassment and sexual misconduct training provided by the Title IX Coordinator. The College has developed an annual educational campaign consisting of presentations that include distribution of educational materials to all new students. The College also participates in and presents awareness programming such as Green Dot Bystander Training, Resident Assistant Awareness training, AlcoholEdu, Haven and workshops. The Title IX Coordinator offers regular training on sexual misconduct and consent to individual sports teams and in classes which are intended to raise awareness of these important issues. Additionally, the Becker College Campus Police provides training in Rape Aggression Defense Systems for faculty, staff and students. Through this strong educational programing we have created a culture where students are comfortable coming forward to report incidents. We have also created a culture of caring for each other by encouraging our students to be active bystanders.
How do I file a complaint?
If you have been sexually assaulted, you should call the Becker College Campus Police immediately at tel. 508.373.9555. Campus Police can be reached 24 hours a day, can help you obtain medical attention and can help you file a criminal complaint with the local authorities, if that is what you want to do. You can also contact Michelle Fatcheric, Title IX Coordinator, Boutin Student Center, 44 West Street, Worcester, MA 01609, tel. 774.354.0462, email at firstname.lastname@example.org for complaints of sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault, , domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment or other gender-based issues. Questions about sex discrimination or complaints can also be filed with the Office of Civil Rights, (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, 33 Arch Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02110-1491, or email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov.
Other Important Contact Information:
Counseling Center: 508.373.9544
Student Health Services: 774.354.0471
Pathways for Change 24-HR Hotline: 1.800.870.5905
UMASS Memorial Medical Center: 1.508.334.1000