What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects all people form sexual discrimination in education programs or any activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Elms College holds up the ideals behind Title IX in order to foster a safe environment for our students. Title IX states the following:

NO PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES SHALL, ON THE BASIS OF SEX, BE EXCLUDED FROM PARTICIPATION IN, BE DENIED THE BENEFITS OF, OR BE SUBJECTED TO DISCRIMINATION UNDER ANY EDUCATION PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any program or activity including, but not limited to:

  1. Educational programs or activities, e.g., student services, academic counseling, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, athletics, recreation and study abroad;
  2. Admission and recruitment, e.g., financial aid, housing;
  3. Medical services, including psychological counseling.

UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATORY BEHAVIORS UNDER TITLE IX

  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature)
  • SEXUAL MISCONDUCT (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity)
  • STALKING (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating including by telephone, mail, electronic communication or social media)
  • DATING VIOLENCE (including emotional, verbal, and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse)
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (including emotional, verbal and economic abuse without the presence of physical abuse)
  • RETALIATION (adverse employment, academic or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an
    investigation of Title IX allegations)

Title IX Coordinators

Deborah Methe
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN SERVICES
TITLE IX COORDINATOR

413-265-2368 | methed@elms.edu

Teresa Winters
DEAN OF STUDENTS
TITLE IX DEPUTY COORDINATOR FOR SUTDENTS

413-265-2210 | winterst@elms.edu


Elms College Policy and Resource Information


To file a complain outside of the college, contact:

Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921
617.289.0111
Fax: 617.289.0150
OCR.Boston@ed.gov