Endicott College is committed to providing an environment in which members of its community can pursue their academic and professional activities of teaching, learning and research. This environment cannot thrive unless each member of the College community is valued as an individual and treated respectfully. Sexual misconduct and sexual assault are antithetical to the standards and values of the College, violate College policy, and in some instances, state and federal law, and will not be tolerated.
Accordingly, the College will act to prevent, address, and eliminate all forms of gender-based and sexual discrimination, which include sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation. It will implement policies, procedures, and practices that facilitate prompt, thorough, and fair investigations and adjudication of complaints of gender-based and sexual misconduct. The College will raise awareness of the culture that enables such misconduct and will provide a supportive environment for those who experience gender-based or sexual discrimination or harassment.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities. It reads, in relevant part:
“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’s prohibition of sex discrimination is broad and far-reaching. It includes prohibitions against all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
Reporting and Confidentiality
Anyone who has been subject to any sexual misconduct is encouraged to report the incident to the Endicott College Public Safety Department, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators listed below. Students are also encouraged to report any incident to any residence director, residence assistant or other Student Affairs personnel.
Who to Contact:
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Vice President of Student Affairs
The College encourages all Endicott community members to report an incidence of sexual misconduct. However, the College recognizes that not every individual will be prepared to make a report to the College or to law enforcement. For those individuals who are not prepared to make a report, several resources are available with staff who are obligated by law to maintain confidentiality, below:
Counseling Center: In an emergency, contact Public Safety at 978-232-2222 to put you in contact with the counselor on call. During office hours, you may contact the Counseling Center at 978-232-2163, Karen Tompkins, director.
Health Center: 978-232-2104
North Shore Rape Crisis Center 24-hour Hotline: 800-922-8772
If an individual requests that a report of sexual misconduct remain confidential, the College will make all reasonable efforts to preserve the confidentiality of and prevent the disclosure of the identities of the parties involved in a sexual misconduct matter. However, information regarding alleged sexual misconduct must be handled in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. Individuals should understand, for example, that under conditions of potential imminent harm to the community, the College may be required by law to inform law enforcement and the community.
Contact Information for Outside Government Agencies
Individuals who believe that they have been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or other acts of unlawful harassment, discrimination, or retaliation may contact the government agencies set forth below and use the complaint procedures established by those agencies to file a complaint (using the College’s complaint process does not prohibit an individual form filing a complaint with these agencies.
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place, Sixth Floor, Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
United States Department of Education
8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-0111
Endicott has caring, trained professionals available to help in crisis situations. If you or a friend have been harmed or threatened, or you have any concern about your personal safety, please do not be afraid to ask for help.