The University of Massachusetts Amherst aspires to be a university environment that is free of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. We take allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and other sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness. The cornerstones of our processes are providing supportive measures, conducting fair, impartial and prompt investigations, respect for the privacy of the parties, and a commitment to due process. It is our goal that anyone who reports an experience of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of prohibited sex-based harassment or is engaged in a university process knows their rights, is connected to resources and options, is treated fairly, and that our educational and training efforts will support an educational and working environment free from gender and sex-based discrimination.
Friday, July 17, 2020 Message from the Title IX Coordinator
To the Campus Community,
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights released updated federal regulations on how colleges and universities must respond to reports of sexual harassment under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs or activities. The new regulations require that all education institutions come into compliance by August 14, 2020.
The university is presently reviewing the regulations and, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel and the other campuses in the University of Massachusetts system, will be working diligently to consider their implication. We will keep the UMass community informed as interim policy and procedure revisions are implemented to meet the August deadline. For now, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Policy against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence remains in place.
We understand that these long-anticipated changes to Title IX have led to uncertainty and concern for how sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence will be addressed on campus. To be clear, UMass Amherst is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment. Though there may be changes to how Title IX offenses are defined, our steadfast commitment to support victims is unchanged. As we work to implement the updated federal regulations, we will continue to address problematic behavior in a timely manner. All necessary adjustments to our policy will be made with thoughtfulness and care.
More information about Title IX at UMass Amherst is available online, including what to do next if you experience gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct. Campus support offices continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the UMass Amherst community, and we encourage you to reach out to them for information or support.
William D. Brady
Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer
Interim Title IX Coordinator