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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:

Active Bystander Information Table

The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will have an informational table and the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates will be able to answer questions and provide you with information about what it means to be an active bystander.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, 2nd floor lobby
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Active Bystander Training

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a workshop on Active Bystander Training. The workshop will be facilitated by the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts.  Learn ways to make a difference: How to assess and choose a response to deescalate or disrupt a situation.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, Room SC213
September 19, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Lawrence Campus

Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, Room LA101
September 21, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Domestic Violence Information Table

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! The YWCA Northeaster Massachusetts will have an informational table and the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates will be able to answer questions and provide you with information and resources about domestic violence.

Lawrence Campus

El-Hefni Health & Technology Building, 1st floor lobby
October 12, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Domestic Violence Workshop

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a workshop on recognizing and addressing domestic violence in our community. The workshop will be facilitated by the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, Room SC213
October 17, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Lawrence Campus

Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, Room LA101
October 19, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Stalking Information Table

January is Stalking Awareness Month! The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will have an informational table and the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates will be able to answer questions and provide you with information and resources about stalking.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, 2nd floor lobby
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Stalking Workshop

January is Stalking Awareness Month! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a workshop on recognizing and addressing stalking in our community. The workshop will be facilitated by the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, Room SC213
January 25, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Lawrence Campus

Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, Room LA101
January 30, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Dating Violence Information Table

February is Dating Violence Awareness Month! The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will have an informational table and the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates will be able to answer questions and provide you with information and resources about dating violence.

Lawrence Campus

El-Hefni Health & Technology Building, 1st floor lobby
February 15, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dating Violence Workshop

February is Dating Violence Awareness Month! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a workshop on recognizing and addressing dating violence in our community. The workshop will be facilitated by the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, Room SC213
February 20, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Lawrence Campus

Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, Room LA101
February 22, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Sexual Assault Information Table

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will have an information table and the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates will be able to answer questions and provide you with information and resources about dating violence.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, 2nd floor lobby
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sexual Assault Workshop

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a workshop on recognizing and addressing sexual assault in our community. The workshop will be facilitated by the YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts.

Haverhill Campus

Behrakis Student Center, Room SC213
April 12, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

Lawrence Campus

Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, Room LA101
April 19, 2017 from noon – 1:00 pm

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