Catalogue 2020 - 2021

Discrimination/Harassment/Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy


Western New England University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The University prohibits discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of any protected class. Protected classes include: age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, genetics, active military or veteran status or any other protected category under applicable federal and state or local law.

The University provides equal access and participation in all University activities without regard to sex. Sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual exploitation are forms of sex discrimination and prohibited under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Chapters 151B and 151C of the Massachusetts General Laws. If this conduct occurs off campus, it may fall under the purview of Title IX and Title VII and the University reserves the right to act on incidents occurring off campus.

In addition to the above mentioned regulations, the University also complies with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)1, The Clery Act2 and The Campus SaVE Act3.

Because the University takes allegations of discrimination/harassment seriously, the University will respond promptly to complaints of discrimination/harassment and will take appropriate action where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred. Furthermore, the University will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective action and sanctions as necessary.

This policy applies to any individual of either sex who participates in the University community as a student, faculty, staff member, visitor or any other persons having dealings with the institution."

The Assistant Vice President/Director of Human Resources serves as the EEO Officer and ADA 504 Coordinator and oversees the University’s compliance efforts with discrimination and equal opportunity.

The General Counsel serves as the Title IX Coordinator and oversees the University’s compliance efforts with harassment and sexual misconduct.

Internal inquiries or reports about violations of this policy may be made to:

Title IX Coordinator
Cheryl Smith
General Counsel and Title IX Coordinator
Deliso Hall, Room 102
(413) 782-1542

ADA/504 Coordinator, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
Joanne Ollson
Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources
Rivers Hall, Room 104
(413) 782-1343

Deputy Title IX Officers

Sean Burke- Student Affairs

Assistant Director, Career Development 

St. Germain Campus Center, Room 235

(413) 782-1564

Lori Mayhew- Athletics
Alumni Healthful Living Center, Room 105B
Assistant Director of Athletics/Equipment Director/Softball Coach
(413) 796-2227

Inquiries may be made externally to Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

US Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline # (800) 421-3481
Facsimile (202) 453-6012
TDD# (877) 521-2172

Office for Civil Rights,
Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
8th Floor
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Telephone: (617) 289-0111
Facsimile: (617) 289-0150

Boston Office-EEOC
John F. Kennedy Federal Building 475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Phone: 1-800-669-4000
Fax: 617-565-3196
Complaints can be filed Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 3:00 pm.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
436 Dwight Street, Room 222
Springfield, MA 01103

Accommodation of Disabilities

The University is committed to full compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities.

The Assistant Vice President of Human Resources has been designated as the ADA/504 Coordinator for the University, responsible for coordinating efforts to comply with all disability laws.
Employees requesting reasonable accommodation should complete the ADA Accommodation Request Form found on the Human Resources web page.

Students requesting accommodation should contact the Office of Student Disability Services located in Herman Hall, Room 105.