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Sexual Violence Policy

Westfield State University Statement Regarding Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct

Westfield State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning, living and working environment that is free from all forms of gender-based misconduct.  Consistent with this commitment, the University complies with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendment of 1972 which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission to or employment in its education programs and activities. 

As a policy, Westfield State University prohibits all forms of sexual violence and gender-based misconduct. These behaviors are antithetical to the University’s educational mission and prohibited forms of harassment under Title IX. The University provides educational and prevention programs, services for individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence and/or gender-based misconduct, and accessible, timely and equitable methods of investigation and resolution of complaints.

Prohibited conduct under the policy includes sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, rape, sexual exploitation, stalking, domestic/dating violence or coercion, all of which are defined within this website. Sexual misconduct may occur between a male perpetrator and female victim, a female perpetrator and male victim, or between a perpetrator and victim of the same gender. This policy applies to all members of the university community; students, faculty and staff alike, as well as anyone having dealings with the university. 

NOTE: While federal and state laws require that a sexual violence and sexual misconduct policy be in place for Westfield State University, all forms of discrimination based upon race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital, parental and veterans status are also prohibited by law. The state's Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan, of which the Sexual Violence Policy is a part, may be used as a resource for all forms of discrimination including how to report such conduct.

 

File a Complaint     Equal Opportunity, Diversity & Affirmative Action Plan

Pursuant to Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, the University has appointed a Title IX Coordinator, who has the primary responsibility for coordinating the University’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX.

In this role, the Title IX Coordinator: administers this Policy; monitors the University’s responsive actions to ensure that the learning, living and working environments are free of sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and retaliation; and monitors the steps taken to remedy the effects of the misconduct on the complainant(s), including any investigation, resolution or disciplinary proceedings. The Title IX Coordinator also: provides information about reporting options and support resources; initiates interim protective measures; evaluates requests for confidentiality; coordinates appropriate accommodations; assists persons in filing complaints with law enforcement (when requested); provides or facilitates training for faculty, staff and students; and may investigate complaints.

There may also be a Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) designated to assist the Title IX Coordinator in the performance of the Coordinator’s duties and to whom specific responsibilities may be delegated.

Anyone with questions, concerns or complaints related to Title IX, sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic or dating violence, stalking and retaliation, and/or this Policy may contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators listed below.

 

Important Contact Information

 

Title IX Coordinator


Dr. Jalisa Williams,

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Horace Mann Center, 202

(413) 572-8670

jdwilliams@westfield.ma.edu

 

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Students)


Shannon Broderick

Director, Student Conduct

Ely Campus Center 208

(413) 572 5403

sbroderick@westfield.ma.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Employees)


Evelyn Soucie
Director, Human Resources
Horace Mann Center, 204
(413) 572-5637

esoucie@westfield.ma.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator 


Erin Leeper
Equal Opportunity & Compliance Programs Investigator
Horace Mann Center, 239
(413) 572-8485

eleeper@westfield.ma.edu

Confidential Resources

One may report sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or retaliation or other forms of "sexual misconduct" in confidence to licensed mental health counselors, licensed health care personnel, pastoral counselors or clergy who work for the University.   Employees may also report such misconduct in strict confidence through the Employee Assistance Program. Except in rare, extreme circumstances, these individuals will share nothing without one’s permission.

One may also confidentially report sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or retaliation or other forms of "sexual misconduct" to the community support resources of the greater Westfield area, listed below.

Medical Services

On-Campus

Off-Campus

  • Health Services, x 5415 or (413) 572-5415
  • Baystate Medical Center Emergency/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – (413) 794-3233
  • Noble Hospital Emergency Room (24 Hours) – (413) 568-2811
  • Cooley-Dickinson Hospital/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (24 Hours)-(413) 582-2000

Counseling Services and Support

On-Campus

Off-Campus

  • Counseling Services, Lammers Hall Annex - x5790 or (413) 572-5790
  • Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center, (413) 572-5567
  • AllOne Health - Employee Assistance Program (employees), 800-451-1834
  • YWCA of Western, MA (Springfield, MA) – (800) 796-8711
  • New Beginnings Shelter – (413) 562-5739
  • Domestic Violence Shelter Services and 24 Hour Hotline:
    • Day number – (413) 732-3121
    • (24 Hour Hotline) – (413) 733-7100
  • SafeLink (Employees) – 1-877-785-2020
  • Center for Women and Community (Amherst) Resource and Referral – (413) 545-0883
    • (24 Hour Hotline) – (413) 545-0800

As the above contact information may be subject to change, current contact information on rape crisis centers in Massachusetts can be found at Mass.gov

You may file a criminal complaint with Westfield State University Public Safety.  The University encourages you to report incidents to Public Safety so that appropriate measures can be taken to help you and prevent future crimes. Public Safety can assist you in filing criminal charges against the alleged offender and can also assist you in the process of obtaining protective restraining orders and abuse prevention orders for relationship/domestic violence.

Westfield State University Police - x5262 or (413) 572-5262

If you choose, and at the same time, you can also make a campus report to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator or a Responsible Employee; you do not have to choose one or the other. 

(NOTE: If you wish for the report you make to the police to also be shared with the university Title IX Coordinator, you may be asked to provide written permission to do so.)

You may also file a criminal complaint with the local police department where the incident occurred. The University encourages you to report incidents to the police so that the police can take appropriate measures to help you and prevent future crimes. Local Police information is as follows:

  • City of Westfield Police Department (Emergency) – 911
  • Hampden County District Attorney/Westfield Office – (413) 572-1454
  • Massachusetts State Police (Russell Barracks) – (413) 863-3312

If one wishes to file a complaint of sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or retaliation outside of the University or in addition to a complaint filed under the University’s Complaint Investigation and Resolution Procedures, the following agencies may provide additional resources:

 

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
(617) 289-01111, TDD (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Office on Violence Against Women
145 N St., NE, Suite 10W.121
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 307-6026
Fax: (202) 305-2589
Email: ovw.info@usdoj.gov

Persons who have questions or who wish to file a complaint of gender discrimination or sexual harassment under state law may contact the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination:

 

Boston Office:
One Ashburton Place Rm. 601
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 994-6000

Worcester Office:
Worcester City Hall
484 Main Street, Rm. 320
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 453-9630

Springfield Office:
436 Dwight Street, Rm. 220
Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 739-2145

New Bedford Office:
800 Purchase Street, Rm. 501
ew Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 990-2390

 

 

 

Employees with complaints, questions or concerns about gender discrimination, sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or retaliation may also contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203, (800) 669-4000, TTY (800) 669-6820.