| LIFE AT WSU | Title IX
Worcester State University is committed to respecting the dignity of all members of our community and to demonstrating this commitment in our interactions, decisions, and structures. We must create a safe and supportive community for all in order to fulfill our mission to equip our students with knowledge and skills necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, engaged citizenship, and intellectual growth. Therefore, WSU takes all complaints and accusations of sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault seriously. WSU encourages students, employees, or guests who believe they have been harmed by discrimination or sexual harassment on campus to discuss their concerns and file an informal or formal complaint with WSU's Title IX coordinator or delegates.
Sexual harassment occurs in a variety of situations which share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual attention or comments into the work or learning situation. Often sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion, as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study or grading benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behaviors have a harmful effect on a person’s ability to study or work in the academic setting. Sexual harassment constitutes sex discrimination as defined under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Chapters 151B and 151C of the Massachusetts General laws.Sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can involve a female and male or persons of the same gender when: