Complaint Form & Title IX Brochure
Policy Against Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
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
Incidents of discrimination or/and harassment may be reported to:
University Complaints & Reports
Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity
Title IX Delegate Coordinators
Head Delegate Coordinator
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
& Student Conduct
Student Center 325
Residence Life & Housing
Sheehan Hall 101
Associate Director Athletics
Dept. Head Coach Women's
Basketball, Athletic Offices
GMB - 136
Lori Dawson, Ph.D.
Faculty: Psychology Dept.
Criminal Complaints & Reports
|Captain Jason Kapurch
Title IX Liaison
Wasylean Hall 102-D
|Worcester Police Department|
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608