Title IX Compliance at MHC
Mount Holyoke is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all its members including students, faculty, staff and visitors can live and work together in an environment free from discrimination.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The College does not discriminate in its educational policies on the bases of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, handicap or disability, or veteran/uniformed services status. The College does not discriminate in its employment policies on the bases of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap or disability, or veteran/uniformed services status.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
Title IX states that:
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.
While it is commonly thought that Title IX applies solely to athletics, Title IX is much broader and provides protection from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sex-stereotyping.
The United States Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to enforce Title IX.
Compliance with the law is the responsibility of all members of the Mount Holyoke community; the individuals listed below have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance at Mount Holyoke.
Title IX Officer: Dean of Students
The Dean of Students has the overall responsibility for the implementation of the Title IX program at Mount Holyoke College. The officer’s responsibilities include overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination along with identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints and shares compliance responsibility.
The Title IX Officer shares oversight of the College’s compliance with Title IX with Human Resources, the Dean of Faculty Office, and Compliance and Risk Management. The Title IX Officer oversees the use of grievance procedures as it pertains to the resolution of complaints of violation of Title IX.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Director of Human Resources
The Director of Human Resources serves as a deputy Title IX Coordinator for the College. Deputy Coordinator supports the grievance process when complaints between faculty, staff and/or students arise and to provide support for training, education and communication of College Title IX policies and procedures.
The College has developed the following policies and procedures to resolve complaints of harassment based on sex:
- For Students: Dean of Students - Sexual Assault Policy
- For Employees: Human Resources - Individual Rights and Community Responsibility
- For Guests/Visitors: Grievance Procedures
Other important information regarding Title IX:
- Know your Rights (OCR): document provided by the Office on Civil Rights regarding the specific requirements of Title IX as they pertain to sexual harassment and sexual violence.