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Policies on Sexual Misconduct
When Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator
You may speak to the Title IX Coordinator about any case of sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator will investigate cases involving student and either staff, faculty member, administrator, contractor or volunteer. The process used by the Title IX Coordinator can be found at Human Resources Policies. The Title IX Coordinator will refer any cases involving only students to the Office of Student Affairs but it is able to assist in exploring all possible responses.
A flowchart of the Title IX complaint process for incidents between students can be found here.
Student Procedures for Filing a Complaint
A student with a concern about a possible Title IX violation (sexual harassment and discrimination, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) should speak to the Dean of Students Office: Dean of Students/Associate Dean of Students (617) 989-4410 and/or Vice-President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator Linda Shinomoto (617) 989-4193.
Student/Student Group Incidents: Title IX issues involving students or groups of students will be handled through the Student Code of Conduct Violations procedures found in the Student Code of Conduct section of this handbook. Students who are victims of sexual misconduct often have the additional availability of the criminal process with assistance from Public Safety or the Boston Police.
Student/Non-Student Incidents: Title IX issues involving a student and a faculty member, staff, employee, volunteer, guest, parent, and contractor, will be investigated by the Title IX Coordinator, Linda Shinomoto, or designee.
Interim Remedial Action
After a report of a possible Title IX violation is received by either the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator, and while the student is deciding what they may wish to do, the Dean of Students and/or the Title IX Coordinator or a designee may provide interim remedial actions to stop the alleged harassment or discrimination and/or to protect the safety and well-being of the student and Wentworth community. Interim actions may include: counseling assistance, leave of absence, time off from classes, change of class schedule or activities, change of housing, no contact notices, targeted education programs, separation from the Institute or residence area; relocation of residence, restriction to designated campus areas or other campus facilities by time or location, and requirement to obtain advance authorization to engage in a specified activity.
Students Not Wishing To Pursue a Formal Complaint
When a student does not wish to proceed with a formal complaint or criminal process, Wentworth will investigate, to the extent possible, and take appropriate remedial actions available.
Remedial actions in cases which do not proceed through the Student Code of Conduct procedure or full investigation by the Title IX Coordinator may include: counseling assistance, leave of absence, time off from classes, change of class schedule or activities, change of housing, no contact notices and targeted education programs.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Wentworth understands that raising concerns about possible Title IX violations is difficult and it will take reasonable care to limit the dissemination of private information to those who have a need to know to assist the disciplinary process and/or investigation, and/or during the disciplinary process and/or investigation. A request for confidentiality will be carefully considered by the Title IX Coordinator. All reports will be investigated and remediated, to the extent possible, in cases where a confidentiality request is made and granted. Disclosure of private information may be made if the Title IX Coordinator deems it necessary to protect the health, safety or well-being of the student or Wentworth community.
The Institute has a duty to report data about various forms of sexual misconduct in accordance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure in Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Act (Clery Act). No personally identifiable information is disclosed, but statistical information is disclosed as a part of the Institute’s annual security report. The information to be shared includes the date, location type (residence hall, public property, off-campus, etc.) and specific crime category.
Retaliation against any person in the Institute community for alleging a good faith violation of Title IX or for cooperating in the investigation or disciplinary procedures is strictly prohibited. Any retaliation will be subject to discipline up to an including expulsion and/or termination. Any concerns regarding retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.