Title IX at Mount Holyoke College

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities. Sexual Harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination. These umbrella terms also include discrimination or harassment based on gender, gender identity or gender expression.

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, including based upon sex or gender.

Mount Holyoke's Title IX Coordinator

Shannon Da Silva
Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator
President's Office
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413-538-3642
titleixofficer@mtholyoke.edu

Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator

Mount Holyoke’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the overall implementation of the college’s Title IX compliance, including the coordination of training, education, communication and the administration of Gender Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy for faculty, staff, students and other members of the college community as they pertain to Title IX.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

The Deputy Title IX Coordinators assist with various Title IX implementation activities that involve faculty, staff, and students. They also receive reports of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.

  • Latrina Denson, Assistant Dean of Students; Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Students)
  • Erica Lemm, Associate Director of Athletics; Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Athletics)
  • Amber N. Douglas, Professor of Psychology and Education; Dean of Studies; Director of Student Success Initiatives; Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Faculty)
  • Gary B. Gillis, Professor of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty; Director of the Science Center; Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Faculty)
  • Elizabeth Markovits, Associate Dean of Faculty; Professor of Politics; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative; Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Faculty)

Complaints Under Title IX

Mount Holyoke College is required under Title IX to prevent and address sexual discrimination, which includes gender-based and sexual misconduct against students, faculty, and staff whether perpetrated by peers or by employees of the institution. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for investigating all forms of gender-based and sexual misconduct. Accordingly, if you have a complaint of gender-based or sexual discrimination or misconduct, you should file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator or by filling out our online reporting form, which can also be completed anonymously.

Immediate actions to consider

Individuals who experience an incident of gender based or sexual misconduct should consider the following immediate actions:

Contact Law Enforcement

Mount Holyoke College Public Safety and Service
1 Everett Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone 413-538-2304

South Hadley Police Department
41 Bridge Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: 413-538-5050 or 911

Mount Holyoke Public Safety and Service can help connect you to a trained staff member on call, medical attention, counseling services and police services including options to obtain a restraining order, harassment prevention order or a trespass order and guidance on preserving evidence.

Seek Medical Attention

A medical exam, include a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam, can be used to assess and treat physical injuries and review the possible need for treatment of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy, as well as preserve evidence for criminal proceedings.

Pattie J. Groves Health Center
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone 413-538-2121

Baystate Emergency Medicine
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
413-794-3233

Contact a trained, experienced counselor

Mount Holyoke College Counseling Service
Pattie J. Groves Health Center
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Phone 413-538-2037

Employee Assistance Program

Contact parents, relatives, supervisor or close friends for support