Student Rights and Important Laws

Equal Opportunity and Discrimination

Wentworth Institute of Technology reaffirms its policy of providing equal opportunity in education and employment for qualified individuals. Wentworth does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, gender and gender identity and disability in employment and the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs, according to Federal, state and local regulations. Wentworth is committed also to equal opportunity in education and employment for veterans and disabled veterans. The Institute complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title VI, Title IX of the Education Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, prohibiting such discrimination. If any person has a complaint concerning discrimination, it should be taken to the Vice President of Human Resources who is also the Title IX Coordinator, Margaret Card, or the Office of Student Affairs, (617-989-4702, wennera@wit.edu) who have established procedures for investigation and resolution. Unlawful discrimination is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal for students or termination for employees.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) (FERPA)

It is Wentworth Institute of Technology’s (WIT) policy to limit the dissemination of student information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

Definitions

Directory information- as designated by WIT from the statutory list: name, local address, major field of study, dates of attendance, anticipated graduation date, degrees conferred, Institute-issued e-mail address, enrollment status, honors, past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, and physical factors of members of athletic teams.

Education records- any record (in handwriting, print, tapes, film, electronic, or other medium) maintained by WIT or an agent of WIT that is directly related to a student, except:

  1. A personal record in the sole possession of the maker of the record and is not accessible or revealed to any other person except as temporary substitute for the maker of the record.
  2. An employment record of a person not due to the student’s status, provided the record is used only in relation to the individual’s employment.
  3. Records that are created and maintained by Public Safety for law enforcement purposes.
  4. Records made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in his or her professional or paraprofessional capacity and that are used only in connection with the treatment of a student and that are disclosed only to individuals providing that treatment.
  5. Alumni records that contain information about a student after the individual is no longer in attendance at WIT and that do not relate to the person as a student.

Legitimate educational interest- indicates the need of a school official to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Parent– a person who is the parent of the student, a guardian or an individual acting as a parent in the absence of a parent or guardian.  Parents who have claimed a student as a “dependent” on their federal or state tax return may be entitled to access to student records without the permission of the student.  Court records and/or agreements between the parents of a student will be reviewed to verify parental status and access in some cases.

Personally Identifiable Information– names, parents or other family members’ names, address and address of student or family, personal identifiers information that alone or in combination, is linked to a specific student that would allow a reasonable person in the WIT community to identify the student with reasonable certainty, information requested by a person whom WIT believes knows the identity of the student.

School official- a person employed by WIT in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, law enforcement unit, health and counseling, support staff position, a person or company with whom WIT has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent), a person serving on the Board of Trustees, and a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

Student- any person who attends or has attended WIT. Persons admitted but never matriculated are not considered students.

A Student’s Rights under FERPA:

(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day WIT receives a request for access.

Students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, the Registrar shall advise the student to address the request to the appropriate Wentworth official.

A student may read any recommendation in his/her files unless the right to do so has been waived in writing.

The following is a list of the types of education records that WIT maintains; the location(s) of such records; and their custodians (or the custodian’s designee):

EDUCATION RECORDS

TYPE

LOCATION

CUSTODIAN

Academic Records

Office of the Registrar

Registrar

Admissions Files for students currently enrolled or have a history

of enrollment

Office of the Registrar

Registrar

Admissions Files for students in pre-enrollment status

Student Services

Executive Director of Admissions

Enrollment Records

Office of the Registrar

Registrar

Career Services Records

Career Services

Director of Career Services

Counseling & Academic Placement Testing Records

Center for Wellness and Disability Services

Director of Counseling

Academic Records (grades,

transcripts)

Office of the Registrar

Registrar

Academic Disciplinary Records

Office of the Provost; Office of the College Dean; and/or

Department Chair

Provost; Academic Discipline Board; College Dean and/or

Department Chair

Non-Academic Disciplinary Records

Office of Student Affairs

Dean of Students

Financial Aid Records

Student Service Center

Director of Financial Aid

Cross-registration records with Colleges of the Fenway

Office of the Registrar

Registrar

Terms Abroad (WIT)

Chair of Department and Office of the Provost

Chair of Department and Provost

Service learning records

Center for Community & Learning Partnerships

Director of the Center for Community & Learning Partnerships

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of his or her privacy rights.

Students may request an amendment to a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Wentworth official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If Wentworth decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, Wentworth will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing for appeal. The hearing will take place with the FERPA Appeals Committee.  This committee’s membership will include the  Vice President of Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Registrar, Associate Vice President of Finance, and Chief of Staff.

If as a result of the hearing, the FERPA Appeals Committee finds that that the information in the education record is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights, the student shall have the right to place in the education records a statement commenting on the contested information in the record or the reason(s) the student disagrees with the decision of WIT.

A student may not challenge a grade given through this procedure, only the accurate recording of the grade.

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Personally identifiable information from the education records of a student will be disclosed by WIT upon the prior written consent or request of the student. The written consent or request must (a) specify the records that may be disclosed; (b) state the purpose of the disclosure and (c) identify the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure may be made.

However, WIT may disclose information without the prior written consent of the student in the following circumstances:

  1. To school officials with a legitimate educational interest in the records.
  2. To officials of another school, at the request of those officials, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  3. To certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Comptroller General, and state and local educational authorities, in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs.
  4. In connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
  5. To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of WIT.
  6. To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.
  7. To either of two parents when at least one parent has claimed the student as a dependent for income tax purposes. A certified copy of the parents’ most recent Federal Income Tax Form may be required to verify dependency.
  8. To comply with a valid court order or subpoena or to comply with federal law (e.g., the USA Patriot Act).
  9. To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
  10. To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding conducted by WIT with respect to that alleged crime or offense. WIT may disclose the final results of the disciplinary proceeding, regardless of whether it concluded a violation was committed.
  11. Directory information designated by WIT.
  12. To parents of students under the age of 21 when laws or WIT policies regarding alcohol or drugs are violated.
  13. To parents of students when disciplinary action may be taken.
  14.  To parents of students when a student is at risk of harming themselves or others or in the event of a medical emergency.
  15. To a court or administrative agency in the event of legal action between WIT and a student.

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by WIT to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the federal agency that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

(5) Directory Information (Limitation on Disclosure)

Students may restrict the release of directory information, except to school officials with legitimate educational interests and to others as permitted by law. If a student wishes to prevent disclosure, the student must complete a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form in the Student Service Center or online. A student’s Request to Prevent

Disclosure of Directory Information is valid for the life of the record or until a request to reverse non-disclosure is made in writing to the Registrar’s Office.

Images/Photographs/Video Recordings

Wentworth Institute of Technology is authorized to use photographs, videos, and audio recordings of any student on campus or at a campus event. These can be used in printed and electronic publications, on the internet, and in other promotional materials produced, used by, and representing Wentworth. The circulation of the materials could be worldwide and the Institute does not offer any compensation to students.

Disposition of Records

Applications and related material for persons not accepted are retained for 7 years and then destroyed. After a student separates from WIT, applications and related materials are retained in the Registrar’s Office for 7 years.

After 7 years following graduation, student records are archived and typically the following materials are retained:

  • Transcripts
  • Record of grade changes

Rights as an Alumnus/a

All rights possessed as a student remain after leaving WIT. This applies only to those records that pertain as a student and that are accumulated during enrollment at WIT.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (P.L. 101-226)

Substance Awareness Information

Under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Amendments of 1989, the Institute has adopted policies and procedures to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Only in an environment free of substance abuse can Wentworth Institute of Technology fulfill its mission to “develop, support, and sustain high quality educational programs in the fields of Architecture, Design, Engineering, Technology, and the Management of Technology that are nationally recognized and accredited, in a learning environment that is both caring and rigorous.” The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol impair the safety and health of students and employees and inhibit personal and academic growth. For these reasons, the unlawful use of alcohol and other drugs is prohibited on campus and at Institute-sponsored activities.

Wentworth Institute of Technology, in accordance with federal legislation and school policy, is committed to providing a drug-free, healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff. The unlawful use, possession, manufacturing, distribution or dispensation of a controlled substance and the illegal use or possession of alcoholic beverages on campus or at Institute-sponsored activities is prohibited. If it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred, disciplinary action up to and including the dismissal of students and referral for prosecution may result. Applicable legal sanctions for the unlawful use, possession or distribution of alcohol and other drugs are summarized in the following section. This information appears here to meet the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. In addition to this policy, other school policies remain in effect.

Campus Prevention & Awareness Programs

Alcohol and other drug abuse education and prevention programs have been established and are coordinated by the Office of Wellness Education with assistance from the Office of Student Affairs and other Institute departments. Programs provide training and services to the Wentworth community and offer preventative education and outreach activities about the Institute’s Alcohol and Drug Policies, substance awareness and alcohol and other drug abuse. Resident Directors, as well as student staff in the residence halls, receive training on issues regarding alcohol and other drug use and abuse on a regular basis.

Wellness Education staff are available for consultation with individual students with substance use concerns. Services provided by the Office of Wellness Education include alcohol and drug educational classes, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), campus wide prevention programs, educational and alternative programming, information on substance abuse treatment and support programs, and referrals to outside agencies. The Office of Wellness Education, Counseling Center and Office of Student Affairs have established working relationships with area hospitals, community mental health centers and other social service agencies to facilitate referrals when treatment is needed.
Students of legal drinking age living in an area on campus where alcohol is permitted, may register to become a “wet suite” when every member of their suite/apartment is 21-years old. Wet Suite Registration is held several times throughout the year and educates students on responsible drinking, the health risks of binge drinking, and the responsibility of providing alcohol to guests. Students must contact the Residence Director responsible for Wet Suites to sign up for the class.

Effects of Alcohol

  • Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior.
  • Low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident.
  • Low to moderate doses of alcohol can increase aggression, impair judgment, and reduce inhibitions, potentially leading to social embarrassment, arguments, destruction of property, unprotected sex, or other risky behaviors that could result in injury or other negative consequences.
  • Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Heavy drinking may result in a “blackout,” a period of alcohol-induced amnesia during which no new memories are formed. Vomiting may also occur.
  • Very high doses cause respiratory depression (coma) and death. When combined with other depressants, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
  • Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening.
  • Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
  • Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics

Effects of Other Drugs

  • Tobacco smoke contains carbon monoxide and may cause cancer and bronchial disease, a chronic cough and respiratory irritation. Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth and low birth weight. Chewing of tobacco may cause cancer.
  • Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta are drugs prescribed to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). These drugs are Schedule II controlled substances; distribution or possession of these drugs without a prescription is illegal. These drugs are sometimes abused to increase alertness, focus, and energy. Risks and side effects of these drugs include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, inability to sleep, dangerously high body temperature, headache, nervousness or shakiness. These drugs are addictive. Repeated use can lead to feelings of hostility and paranoia. Prolonged use may permanently diminish the brain’s ability to focus or concentrate on tasks.
  • Marijuana has properties of both depressants and stimulants and is considered a psychoactive drug. Marijuana alters perception and coordination, making it dangerous to operate a vehicle under the influence. Marijuana contains more tar than tobacco and may cause lung and bronchial disease, a chronic dry cough and respiratory irritation. Marijuana use by teenagers and young adults under the age of 24 has been shown to negatively impact brain development, harming one’s ability to learn and remember information.
  • MDMA (also known as “Molly” or Ecstasy) is an empathogenic drug causing the user to feel europhic. Its short term effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased body temperature, sweating, and muscle tension and involuntary teeth clenching. MDMA significantly impacts the serotonin system in the brain. In the days following use, feelings of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, paranoia, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping are very common. It can take the brain several days for your brain to adjust and return back to its normal state of functioning. Repeated use may permanently damage the serotonin system, leading to chronic depression and other mental illness.
  • LSD is a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug that causes users to see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real at the time, but do not exist in reality. Some users may experience terrifying thoughts and feelings of despair, fear, loss of control, and extreme paranoia while under the influence. This may last for up to 12 hours. Other risks include impaired judgment, visual distortions, and abnormal thoughts and perceptions. You should never operate machinery or drive a car while taking LSD.
  • Cocaine or crack use may be fatal, depending upon the cardiovascular response of the user. This drug is highly addictive and withdrawal results in severe depression.
  • Tranquilizers and sedatives are also highly addictive, even in low doses. Use of these drugs in conjunction with alcohol is extremely dangerous and may result in coma or death.
  • The intravenous use of drugs carries the additional risk of infection due to shared needles. HIV and hepatitis are transmitted in this way.

Narcotics

  • Possible Effects: Euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea
  • Effects of Overdose: Slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, loss of appetite, irritability

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological

Opium

Dover’s Powder

Analgesic

High/High

Morphine

MS-Conen, Rosanol Rosanol SR

Analgesic antitussive

High/High

Codeine

Tylenolx/codeine, Robitussin A-C

Analgesic antitussive

Moderate/Moderate

Heroin

Horse, Smack

None

High/High

Hydromorphone

Dilaudid

Analgesic

High/High

Mependine

Demerol, Mapargan

Analgesic

High/High

Methadone

Methadose, Dolophine

Analgesic

High/High-Low

Oxycodone

Oxycontin, Oxecta, OxyIR, Percocet

Analgesic

Moderate/High

Depressants

  • Possible Effects: Slurred speech, disorientation, drunken behavior without the odor of alcohol
  • Effects of Overdose: Shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, coma, possible death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Anxiety, insomnia, terrors, delirium, convulsions, possible death

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological

Chloraal Hydrate

Noctec

Hypnotic

Moderate/Moderate

Barbituates

Amtyl, Seconal

Anesthetic sedative hypnotic

High-Moderate/High-Moderate

Benzodiazepines

Dalmane, Xanaxm
Librium, Valium

Antianxiety or sedative

Low/Low

Methaqualone

Qaalude

Sedative, hypnotic

High/High

Gluthimide

Doridan

Sedative, hypnotic

High/High

Stimulants

  • Possible Effects: Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate, insomnia, loss of appetite
  • Effects of Overdose: Agitation, increase in body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression, disorientation

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/
Psychological

Cocaine

Coke, Flake, Snow, Crack

Local anesthetic

Possible/High

Amphetamines

Dexadrine, Obetrol

Attention Deficit Disorder,
Weight control, Narcolepsy

Possible/High

Phenmetrazine

Preludin

Weight control

Possible/High

Methylphenidate

Ritalin

Attention Deficit Disorder

Possible/Moderate

Hallucinogens

  • Possible Effects: Illusions and hallucinations, poor perception of time and distance
  • Effects of Overdose: Longer, more intense “trip” episodes, possible psychosis, death
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Withdrawal syndrome not reported

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological

LSD/Acid

Microdot

None

None/Unknown

Mescaline

Mesc, Button, Cactus

None

None/Unknown

Amphetamine

DMA, MDMA, STP, MDA

None

Unknown/Unknown

Phencyclidine

PCP, Angel Dust, Hog

None

Unknown/High

Cannabis

  • Possible Effects: Euphoria, reduced inhibitions, increased appetite, disorientation
  • Effects of Overdose: Fatigue, paranoia, possible psychosis
  • Withdrawal Syndrome: Insomnia, hyperactivity, loss of appetite

Drug Name

Trade/Other Name

Medical Uses

Dependence Physical/Psychological

Marijuana

Pot, Weed, Grass, Reefer

As prescribed by a
treating physician

Unknown/Moderate

Hashish

Hash

None

Unknown/Moderate

Hashish Oil

Hash Oil

None

Unknown/Moderate

Additional Assistance

Help concerning drug and an alcohol-related problem is available from several sources. Individuals needing personal assistance, individuals who know of someone who needs help or individuals with questions concerning alcohol and drug abuse may contact any of the following:

  • Center for Wellness & Disability Services: (617) 989 – 4197
  • Health Services: (617) 879-5220
  • Office of Student Affairs: (617) 989-4702

Biennial Review

In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, Wentworth Institute of Technology will conduct a biennial review of the College’s alcohol and other drug programs, which will be coordinated by the Coordinator of Wellness Education. According to the Act, the biennial review is due by December 31st of every even numbered year.

Good Samaritan Policy

Wentworth Institute of Technology is strongly committed to both the development of the student and the health and safety of the community. All members of the Wentworth community are expected to uphold the Wentworth Creed, the Student Code of Conduct, the Leopard’s Oath, and to look out for one another. Students may be reluctant to seek help in alcohol, prescription drug and illegal substance related emergencies due to their own involvement for violating the Code of Conduct.  When these emergencies are serious and/or life-threatening, Wentworth wants to promote a culture of students seeking assistance when it is needed, as well as a culture of responsibility. For this reason, Wentworth has developed a Good Samaritan Policy. 

In cases of a medical emergency resulting from alcohol, prescription drug, or illegal substances, students are expected to seek out help for an individual(s) needing medical attention by contacting Public Safety and/or 911 and remain with the individual(s) until the time assistance arrives.  Students who seek out emergency assistance for an individual(s) will face no formal Institute disciplinary action or sanction for their own conduct which could be a policy violation relating to personal alcohol, prescription drug and/or illegal drug use that occurred immediately before or during the medical emergency incident. However, the personal use will be documented and an educational response may be required.  This policy also applies to the individual for who the emergency assistance was requested. 

Violations other than personal use of alcohol and /or prescription drugs and/or illegal drugs do not fall within the scope of this policy.

The Good Samaritan Policy will not apply for calls for medical assistance made after the Institute or local authorities have already intervened and/or confronted a situation. Students who abuse the protections of the Good Samaritan Policy by seeking help for others when there is no good-faith basis for doing so, will not be able to claim the benefits of the Policy. 

Jury Duty

According to the Office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there are no student exemptions from jury duty. Like all jurors, students may defer their service up to one year from the original date. College students may be called to serve in several different circumstances:

  1. Massachusetts residents who study out of state and who are summonsed from Massachusetts must serve. Again, the postponement option is available so that a student may report during the summer or vacation breaks.
  2. Massachusetts residents who study in a different county in Massachusetts may receive a summons from the county where their school is located. For example, a Boston resident (from Suffolk County) who enrolls at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (in Hampshire County), may be summonsed to appear for jury duty in Hampshire County. It is possible for students to receive two summonses, one from the home county, and the other from the school county. They must serve in response to only one summons, whichever one was issued first.
  3. Out-of-state students who study in Massachusetts and live here for six months of the year or more are eligible to serve in Massachusetts. This often comes as a surprise to out-of-state students, who may come from a jurisdiction where only permanent residents of that state are eligible to serve.

What do I do if I receive a jury summons?

Jury service, on a short-term basis, can provide students with a good opportunity to fulfill one of their important responsibilities as members of the community. Wentworth Institute of Technology supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty. Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service, which contain helpful information about confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or relocating service, and address many of the most frequently asked questions. Jury duty is an important legal obligation, and those who fail to respond are subject to criminal charges.
Students who must miss class in order to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work. Students may also visit or contact the Office of Student Affairs- Rubenstein 003, 617-989-4702, OSA@wit.edu –to request an absence notification be sent to their instructors. Please be advised, students may be required to provide their summons notice or the certificate of service when making these arrangements.

If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting your service, please contacts the Office of the Jury Commissioner (1-800-THE-JURY/1-800-843-5879). Further information can be found on the Massachusetts Jury System website.

Personal Relationships

Sexual or romantic relationships between employees and students are strictly prohibited. Sexual or romantic relationships between employees at different levels of authority at Wentworth are strongly discouraged because such relationships often cause substantial problems for both Wentworth and the individuals involved. These relationships may affect the morale of faculty or staff by fostering actual or perceived favoritism. In addition, the different levels of authority between the parties increase the risk of abuse or harassment. For these reasons, neither party to a sexual or romantic relationship may participate in formal or informal supervision, review or evaluation of the other. Wentworth will also alter the work responsibilities of parties to a sexual or romantic relationship to limit, within Wentworth’s discretion, the professional contact between those parties. Wentworth expects all faculty and staff to act with discretion and maturity in their workplace relationships. Please report any concerns or violations to Anne M. Gill, Vice President of Human Resources, Williston Hall Room 201A, via email at gilla@wit.edu or by calling 617-989-4193

Sex, Gender, and Gender Identity Harassment

Wentworth Institute of Technology strongly affirms its commitment to maintaining a working, living and/or learning environment free of harassment.  Harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and includes sexual assault/violence. The Institute will not tolerate conduct on the part of any faculty member, administrator, employee, student, volunteer, guest, parent, contractor or trustee which has the effect of:

  • substantially interfering with an individual’s work/academic performance;
  • creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, living, and/or learning environment;
  • interfering with the educational process; or
  • denying any student equal educational opportunity.

The Institute will react promptly to complaints expressed to the Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator and the Office of Student Affairs who have established procedures for investigation and resolution.

Massachusetts Clear Indoor Air Act

Under the Massachusetts Clean Indoor Air Act smoking is prohibited at private colleges except in areas designated by the Institute as smoking areas. All indoor smoking is prohibited. Wentworth is a smoke free campus.

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, 20 U.S.C § 1092, as Amended 1992, (the Clery Act)

The Institute’s annual statistics concerning “criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies” can be found on the web site of Public Safety. Please contact the Director of Public Safety with any questions.

Title IX, Higher Education Amendments of 1972, as amended

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to complying with Title IX and providing an educational, working and living environment that is free from gender or sex discrimination and sexual misconduct/violence.

The Vice-President for Human Resources serves as the Institute Title IX coordinator and manages the Institute’s compliance with Title IX. Vice President Anne Gill can be reached at (617) 989-4193 and at gilla@wit.edu.

Complaint Procedures

A student with a concern about a possible Title IX violation (sexual harassment and discrimination, sexual assault, abusive relationships, and stalking) should speak to the Office of Student Affairs: Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (617) 989-4410 and/or Title IX Coordinator Vice President Gill.
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: Concerns involving a student/non-student  involving a student and a faculty member, staff, employee, volunteer, guest, parent, and contractor, will be handled by the Title IX Coordinator, Vice President Anne Gill (617) 989-4193.

Assistance

Assistance from the Department of Public Safety (617-989-4400 and 4444 emergency) is always available. Speaking to the Department of Public Safety does not require a student to proceed with a criminal case. Confidential Assistance is always available through the licensed professionals at the Center for Wellness and Disability Services (617) 989-4390 or Health Services (24 hours a day) (617) 989-4070. Other resources which provide confidential assistance are: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (24-hour free hotline) 1-800-841-8371, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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

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.

Wentworth Resources

  • Wentworth Public Safety Emergency: (617) 989-4444
  • Wentworth Center for Wellness and Disability Services (Confidential): (617) 989-4390
  • Title IX Coordinator: (617) 989-4193
  • Campus Health Services (Confidential): (617) 879-5220
  • Office of Student Affairs: (617) 989-4702
  • Residential Life: (617) 989-4160

A list of campus policies and on-campus and off-campus resources can be found at our Notalone site.

Off-Campus Resources

  • Boston Police Department (District B-2): (617) 343-4270 (non-emergency)
  • Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit: (617) 343-0044
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Hotline (Confidential): (800) 841-8371
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, (617) 667-7000 (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available and are confidential)
  • Boston Medical Center, One Boston Medical Center Place (617) 638-8000 (SANE)
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, (617) 732-6462 (SANE)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association,  (866) MASS-LRS
  • Boston Bar Association,  (617) 742-0615

Voter Registration Act (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 51, § 42E

The law requires all independent colleges to make available voter registration forms wherever students register for classes. Massachusetts residents will find such forms in the Registrar’s Office. Out-of-state students who want to vote in their home state must use either a mail-in form supplied by an election official in the home state or the federal mail-in affidavit of voter registration. Federal Mail-In Affidavits may be obtained by from the Massachusetts Elections Division, Room 1705, McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108; 617.727.2828 or 800.462.8683.