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Title IX Compliance Overview

Title IX Compliance at MGH Institute of Health Professions

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

Statement of Non-Discrimination

MGH Institute of Health Professions does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, creed, gender, 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 based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance. 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

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault. A college or university that receives federal funds may be held legally responsible when it knows about and ignores sexual harassment or assault in its programs or activities. The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. View the office's "Know Your Rights" Title IX document.

Title IX Coordinators

The Institute’s primary concern is ensuring the safety of students, employees, and visitors and providing access to services. 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:

Sarah H. Welch, Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff
Bldg. 34, 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-643-6316
Email:  SHWelch@mghihp.edu 

Students: Refer to Title IX Complaint Procedures for Students in the Catalog for resolution of complaints.

Faculty and Staff: Refer to Institute’s Sexual Harassment Policy on the Intranet for resolution of complaints.

The Title IX Coordinators provide support for training, education and communication of Title IX policies and procedures as well as overseeing the use of complaint procedures. In addition, individuals may consider other resources such as the IHP’s Employee Assistance Program and either or both of the following government agencies:

  • The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 1 Congress Street, 10th Floor, Boston MA 02114, 617-565-3200  
  • The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), 424 Dwight Street, Room 220, Springfield MA 01103, -413-739-2145 or One Ashburton Place, Room 601, Boston MA 02108, 617-727-3990.

EEOC and MCAD complaints must be filed within 180 days and six months, respectively, of the alleged harassment.  

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