Title IX

Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Assault
Relationship Violence and Stalking

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads, “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.” Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation of 34 C.F.R. Part 106. 

Title IX's sex discrimination prohibition protects against sexual harassment and sexual violence and extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. Other examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics; discrimination in a school’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and programs; and discrimination based on pregnancy and parental status. The Campus SaVe act, which addresses violence against women on college campuses, complements Title IX and requires campuses to also address domestic/dating violence and stalking. 

The provisions of Title IX and the Campus SAVE Act have been incorporated into the University's Policy Against Sexual Harassment Including Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence.  The policy document also includes a full description of the complaint procedures and a sample written complaint form.  

The University has designated Title IX Coordinators who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance and with whom complaints of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and gender equity may be filed.  To report a complaint of sexual assault or any other crime, you may also contact Campus Police.  

Title IX Compliance Team 

The Title IX Compliance Team is comprised of administrators from student affairs, human resources and legal affairs, University police, and academic affairs. The team meets monthly to review any pending Title IX complaints, adherence to policy, training initiatives, and education and awareness programs. Members of the team include:

David Baldwin, Interim Dean of Students
Glenn Cochran, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life 
Rita Colucci, Chief of Staff and General Counsel 
Kimberly Dexter, Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and ADA Compliance
Carey Eggen, Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator 
Ilene Hofrenning, Director of Health Services
Lorretta Holloway, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development
Brad Medeiros, Chief of Police 
Erin Nechipurenko, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources 
Adriana Robles, Human Resources Specialist 
David Stender, Associate Director of Residence Life
Paul Welch, Director of the Counseling Center
Voices Against Violence Designated Counselor

 

Title IX Coordinators

University Title IX Coordinator 

Kimberly Dexter
Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and ADA Compliance
Dwight Hall, suite 207
100 State Street
Framingham, MA  01701
kdexter@framingham.edu
508-215-5859

The University Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for Title IX compliance at FSU.  The coordinator also does intake of reports and complaints regarding sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking involving employees, visitors, vendors, and other 3rd parties and coordinates the investigatory process.  The coordinator can assist in making adjustments to work situations.

Title IX Coordinator for Students
Dr. Melinda Stoops 
Dean of Students 
McCarthy Center, Fifth Floor, Suite 504 
100 State Street 
Framingham, MA 01701 
mstoops@framingham.edu 
508-626-4596

The Dean of Students does intake of reports and complaints about students as they relate to sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking and also coordinates investigations. The Dean can assist survivors in making adjustments to academic and living situations as well as provide a victim's advocate.   

Title IX Coordinator for Athletics 
Carey Eggen 
Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator 
Athletic Center, Second Floor 
ceggen@framingham.edu 
508-626-4565

The Title IX Coordinator for Athletics monitors compliance with athletic requirements under Title IX, coordinates the develop of policies and programs to support that compliance, does intake of reports and complaints, and coordinates investigations.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators 
Deputies receive extensive training on responding to reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Deputies are available to take reports, explain the reporting process, direct individuals to resources, and explain victim rights.  While, deputies do not usually perform investigations of complaints, they may occasionally be designated to do so by the University Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Coordinator for Students.  

Deputy Coordinator's include:

Adriana Robles
Human Resources Specialist
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees and Third Parties
Dwight Hall, suite 207
508-626-4860
arobles1@framingham.edu

David Baldwin
Associate Dean of Students
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
McCarthy Center, Fifth Floor, Suite 504
508-626-4645
dbaldwin@framingham.edu

Dr. David Stender
Associate Director of Residence Life
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Residence Life Office, Corinne Hall Towers
508-626-4635
dstender@framingham.edu