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MCLA Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities receiving federal funding. Title IX requirements apply to all aspects of education programs and activities at MCLA including student admissions, financial aid, academic offerings, and athletics. Title IX also applies to faculty and staff.

MCLA is obligated to:

  • Designate a Title IX Coordinator to oversee compliance efforts
  • Ensure all programs and activities are in compliance with Title IX
  • Establish procedures to resolve student and employee Title IX complaints
  • Provide notification to the campus community that sex discrimination is prohibited within our programs
  • Ensure the campus community receives ongoing education regarding Title IX

Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX. The responsibilities involve developing, implementing, and monitoring efforts to comply with Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator monitors the application of MCLA policy and Title IX in complaint procedures including notification, investigation, and disposition of complaints; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties.

The Title IX Coordinator also does intake of reports and complaints regarding sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking involving students, employees, visitors, vendors, and other 3rd parties and coordinates the investigatory process. The coordinator can assist in directing individuals to resources, making adjustments to academic, housing, or work situations.

Reports under Title IX

Under Title IX, MCLA is required to prevent and address discrimination on the basis of sex including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and retaliation for filing a complaint. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for supervising investigations of potential sex discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Accordingly, incidents of sex discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

Students

Reports alleging sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and retaliation may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may also be made to MCLA Campus Police/Public Safety or any Responsible Employee at MCLA. A Responsible Employee is an individual with supervisory responsibilities or the authority to address or remediate a report of sexual violence, or whom a student might reasonably believe has such supervisory responsibility or authority. Responsible Employees are required to report any information they receive about an alleged Title IX violation to the Title IX Coordinator.

Employees

MCLA employees may direct reports alleging sexual discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault to the Title IX Coordinator or MCLA Campus Police/Public Safety.

 

If you have any questions regarding your rights, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

Nicole Comstock

Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Title IX Coordinator
Venable 309C
413.662.5571
 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Deputy Title IX Coordinators are also able to respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. Deputies are available to take reports, explain the reporting process, direct individuals to resources, and explain victim rights. Deputies may also be designated to conduct investigations.

Barbara Chaput

Director of Human Resources/Payroll Office
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Mark Hopkins 101
413.662.5599
barbara.chaput@mcla.edu

Laura Mooney

Director of Athletics
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Venable 106
413.662.5411
laura.mooney@mcla.edu