Non-Discrimination and Diversity

Framingham State University (“the University”) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity, and affirmative action.  The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people. 

The University does not unlawfully discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital or parental status, or veteran status.  The University prohibits unlawful discrimination or discriminatory harassment on all of those bases.  Such behaviors violate the University’s Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation, will not be tolerated, and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.

The University has appointed an Equal Opportunity Officer (“EO Officer”) to oversee its compliance with these policies, as well as the state and federal non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws.  Anyone with questions, concerns or complaints regarding discrimination, discriminatory harassment or retaliation may contact the EO Officer.

The Equal Opportunity Officer at Framingham State University is:

Kimberly R. Dexter
Interim Assistant Vice President of Human Resources & Equal Opportunity
Equal Opportunity Officer
University Title IX Coordinator
Title II/Section 504 Coordinator
Dwight Hall, suite 207
(508) 215-5859

Students may also contact:

David Baldwin
Associate Dean of Students
Equal Opportunity Officer for Students
McCarthy Center, suite 504
(508) 626-4596

Inquiries may also be directed to:

The U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02119-1424
(617) 289-0111
Fax (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172

Consistent with its commitment to non-discrimination, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, and are required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) to not discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in the education program or activity extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX to the Universities may be referred to the University's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The University's Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation as defined under Title IX and outlines the procedures for resolution of reports of these behaviors. The University provides educational and prevention programs, services for individuals who have been affected by discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, and accessible, timely and equitable methods of investigation and resolution of complaints.

Any person with questions or concerns about any form of sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and/or retaliation may also contact the Title IX Coordinator(s) or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

The Title IX Coordinators at Framingham State University are:

Kimberly R. Dexter
Interim Assistant Vice President of Human Resources & Equal Opportunity
University Title IX Coordinator
Dwight Hall, room 205
(508) 215-5859

Dr. Meg Nowak
Dean of Students
Title IX Coordinator for Students
McCarthy Center, suite 504
(508) 626-4596

Carey Eggen
Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
Athletic Center, 2nd floor
(508) 626-4565

The University Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the University’s compliance with Title IX and the administration of the University’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. 

The University’s Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation and Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy apply in all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, athletics, instruction, grading, housing, and employment. They apply to all members of the campus communities, including, but not limited to, students, faculty, librarians, staff, visitors, contractors and applicants for employment or admission.  

To explore our full commitment to non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action, please review the University's Equal Opportunity Plan.