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Please click below for:

Sexual Assault Information
Title IX Brochure  

Complaint Form

Title IX POCKET Resources (PDF) - or contact any one of the offices listed below for your own copy of the real Title IX POCKET Resources pocket guide.

Incidents of discrimination or/and harassment may be reported to:


University Complaints & Reports

Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity
Administration 335


Title IX Delegates

Rosemary Naughton
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
& Student Conduct
Student Center 325

Jim Mournighan
Assistant Director
Residence Life & Housing
Sheehan Hall 101


Karen Tessmer
Associate Director Athletics
Dept. Head Coach Women's
Basketball, Athletic Offices
GMB - 136

Lori Dawson, Ph.D.
Faculty: Psychology Dept.
Sullivan 242-C


Criminal Complaints & Reports

Captain Jason Kapurch
Title IX Liaison
University Police
Wasylean Hall 102-D
Worcester Police Department
Police Headquarters
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608
Emergency: 911
Main: 508.799.8606


Other Resources

Debra Gaston, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Counselor
Sexual Assault Coordinator
GMB -117
Joshua Katz
Judicial Affairs Coordinator
Student Center 328


Policy Against Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Title IX)

Worcester State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 mandates that no person on the basis of sex may be denied benefits or otherwise discriminated against in any program or activity of the University, including but not limited to admissions, academic offerings, extracurricular or collegiate athletic programs, research, housing or occupational training. Comparable prohibitions are extended to University employees by state and federal law.

Sexual harassment occurs in a variety of situations which share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual attention or comments into the work or learning situation. Often sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion- as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study or grading benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behaviors have a harmful effect on a person’s ability to study or work in the academic setting.

Sexual harassment constitutes sex discrimination as defined under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Chapters 151B and 151C of the Massachusetts General laws.

Sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can involve a female and male or persons of the same gender when:

1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education;

2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual;

3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance and/or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment.

Worcester State University encourages any person (student, faculty, staff or guest) who believes themselves to be harmed by discrimination or sexual harassment, to discuss their concerns and file an informal or formal complaint with the Office of Diversity/Equal Opportunity or through Title IX Deputies.

For a WSU campus complaint form and brochure, please click on:

WSU's Complaint Form

WSU's Title XI Brochure


Related Links
  You Are Not Alone
  WSU Hiring Procedures
  BHE Equal Opportunity Plan
  EEO Affirmative Action Policies
  Disability Policy-Diversity
  Multicultural Resource Guide
  WSU CORI Policy
  Detailed CORI Information
  WSU Student Code of Conduct
  WSU Student Handbook
  WSU Policy for Responding to Sexual Assault
  VAWA Act Bill S.47
  VAWA Summary of New Law Requirements
  Bill of Campus SaVE Act
  U.S. Dept. of Education Handbook for Campus Safety & Security

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