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Title IX – Sex Discrimination, Harassment & Assault

Sexual violence is prohibited under state law and the College’s Policy on Affirmative Action.

What is Title IX?

Policy Against Sex Discrimination and Violence

Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex. “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.” 20 U.S.C. §1681. The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has focused new attention on the enforcement of Title IX. For instance, colleges and universities are put on notice to protect students, faculty, and staff against campus sexual assault. Title IX Offenses include, but are not limited to: sex discrimination, sexual and gender harassment and sexual violence. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, aiding in the commission of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual battery and sexual coercion. These offenses shall be addressed by the Title IX Coordinator pursuant to the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity’s Complaint Procedure. Northern Essex Community College’s Affirmative Action Officer (AAO), Title IX, ADA and 504 Coordinator is Justine Caron, Director of Human Resources and can be contacted at 978-556-3956. Further Information regarding this policy can be found in the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity.

Why is it so important to report to the Title IX Coordinator?

The College has a duty to promptly respond to all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; whether on or off campus incidents. The purpose is to prevent sex discrimination on campus, promptly address reported incidents, limit the effects of harassment on the educational environment, and prevent its recurrence.

How to Report:

Faculty, staff and student employees who receive complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are obligated to report complaints to the Title IX Coordinator and/or their supervisor or department head.

Complaints should be directed to:

Title IX Coordinator:
Justine Caron, Director of Human Resources
(978) 556-3956 / jcaron@necc.mass.edu
Haverhill Campus, B-219

Title IX Investigator:
Elizabete Trelegan, Deputy Title IX Investigator
(978) 556-3928 / etrelegan@necc.mass.edu
Haverhill Campus, B-219

Title IX Deputy:
Patty Bradford, HR Generalist/Benefits Coordinator
(978) 556-3925 / pbradford@necc.mass.edu
Haverhill Campus, B-219

NECC Public Safety: (After normal business hours, i.e. after 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or on Saturday and Sunday.)
Emergencies Only: 978-556-3333 or dial ext. 3333 from any campus phone.
General Information: 978-556-3689

Trainings & Events:

  • February 14th, 2017: Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health Program, 11:00 am to noon at the Lawrence Campus in the Dimitry (L) Building, Room L-144
  • February 14th, 2017: Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health Program, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the Haverhill Campus in the Ourania Behrakis Student Center, Room SC-203
  • March 6th, 2017: Sexual Assault Awareness at the Lawrence campus, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Dimitry Lobby
  • March 8th, 2017: Sexual Assault Awareness at the Haverhill campus, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Sport & Fitness Center, D Building Lobby.

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