Student Handbook 2017-2018

Title IX - Sexual Harassment-Assault and Non-Discrimination Policies

The MGH Institute of Health Professions is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all its members including students, faculty, staff, educational supervisors and visitors can live and work together in an environment free from discrimination.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The MGH Institute of Health Professions does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, status as a parent, or national origin. The Institute respects and values the diverse backgrounds of all people and welcomes them to fully participate in campus life.

This policy incorporates, by reference, the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, and all relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and regulations.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of the sex of students and employees at educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.    Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.  All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual discrimination covered under Title IX.  The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX.   It states:

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

Title IX Coordinators

The Institute’s primary concern is ensuring the safety of students, employees and visitors and providing access to services. Duties and responsibilities include monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX compliance at the Institute such as coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for students, faculty and staff.  While compliance with this law is the responsibility of all members of the Institute community, any person who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss their concerns informally or file a formal complaint of possible violations of Title IX with the following Title IX Coordinators:

Dean of Student and Alumni Services/Title IX Coordinator for Students
Bldg. 34, 2nd Floor, 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

Refer to Title IX (Sexual Harassment/Assault) Reporting Procedures for resolution of student complaints.

Please note that the IHP has long-standing policies to ensure that all members of its community work and learn in a safe, respectful and productive educational environment that is free from any type of discrimination and safety concerns.  All IHP and DPT program policies are applicable whether students are participating in academic or clinical work on or off campus.  Any student who has concerns about their safety may discuss them with their program advisor and/or the Dean of Student and Alumni Services who also serves as the IHP’s Title IX Coordinator for Students.

Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff
Bldg. 34, 2nd Floor, 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

Staff and faculty should also refer to the IHP’s Intranet HR Policies & Procedures’ Sexual Harassment Policy for resolution of complaints.

In addition, individuals may also file a formal complaint with the following Commonwealth and Federal agencies:

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203; (1-800- 669-4000; http://www.eeoc.gov)

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), One Ashburton Place, Sixth Floor, Room 601, Boston, MA 02108; 617-994-6000; http://www.mass.gov/mcad

Office for Civil Rights (OCR), United States Department of Education, 33 Arch Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02110-1491; 617-289-0111; email: ocr.Boston@ed.gov; web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr