On April 4, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights released a Dear Colleague Letter providing guidance and reminding colleges and universities that accept federal funds of their responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to address sexual harassment and assault. The Dear Colleague Letter is based on the OCR interpretation of the 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance and provides institutions with practical examples of how postsecondary institutions should comply with Title IX by proactive education and by taking action to end harassment, prevent recurrence and remedy the effects.
Sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence. Sexual harassment of a student can deny or limit, on the basis of sex, the student's ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the school's program.
Title IX Coordinator Responsibilities:
The Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for the coordination of the Campus Title IX compliance efforts. The Title IX coordinator implements and monitors the Title IX process including:
- Investigation of and disposition of complaints
- Provision of educational materials
- Training for campus community
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Title IX Resource List and Contact Information:
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans, develops, coordinates, and monitors all activities of the University to ensure equal employment and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action. The office works with all members of the University to achieve an environment which is conducive to the growth and development of all.
Title IX Coordinator
Sexual Violence Awareness - UMass Dartmouth’s Sexual Violence Awareness site is a comprehensive resource for how to report an incident, seek help and support, and access additional information.
The Department of Public Safety provides a comprehensive program of police and public safety services to enhance the quality of life consistent with the values of the university community. As a dedicated partner in our community, we are committed to deliver these essential services with the utmost integrity and professionalism to ensure civility and the protection of life and property.
Colonel Emil Fioravanti
Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety
The Counseling Center provides a range of services to help students develop improved coping skills to address emotional, interpersonal and academic concerns. The Counseling Center provides individual, couples and group counseling, and psychiatric services. The Counseling Center offers primarily short-term counseling, and will help students initiate referrals to community-based services when students need specialized or longer term services. Counseling services are provided by licensed psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and advanced unlicensed doctoral or master's-level trainees under the close supervision of our licensed staff.
- Individual Counseling
- Couples Counseling
MedicationEvaluation and Monitoring
Workshops and Seminars
Christine Frizzell, Director
The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality offers resources and support on LGBT and women’s issues. In addition, it coordinates campus initiatives to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. CWGS is a voice for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, with the purpose of eliminating barriers, diminishing prejudices, and creating a supportive climate and space for all. Central to our mission is the recognition that explorations of gender must take place in tandem with explorations of race, class, sexual orientation and other significant aspects of individual identity. As a department of Student Affairs, the Center also acts as a central coordinating agency for campus and community groups. The Center is located in the Campus Center in Suite 207.
Juli Parker, Director
The Office of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution is responsible for overseeing the development, distribution, and enforcement of university student conduct regulations. The office reinforces the University's community standards and expectations for individual behavior through a process that promotes individual responsibility and education.
Mary Beckwith, Coordinator
Athletics Department offers 25 intercollegiate sports for men and women, numerous intramural programs, a variety of instructional classes, and many other recreational opportunities.
Amanda Van Voorhis
The Housing and Residential Education program promotes a living-learning philosophy that encompasses community living in an educational and cultural setting. Community living fosters personal growth and development. The residential education philosophy at UMass Dartmouth incorporates the following concepts:
- A safe and comfortable environment where students are held accountable for their behavior and actions.
- Diversity and inclusion
- Community living
- Student development
Angela Watson, Associate Director