• Title IX: Policy Against Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

    New Title IX regulations effective August 14, 2020

    Equal Opportunity, Diversity & Affirmative Action Plan


  • ⚠ Safe Return Updates

    The Title IX office remains open during Coronavirus

    Worcester State remains committed to supporting and responding to students needs. The Title IX office is running full time from a remote setting off campus. You can continue to reach Jen Quinn, Director of Title IX at or 508-929-8243.

    We are also mindful that the Coronarvirus may create unhealthy environments for students. Please see the resources below:

    On Campus Reporting

    Title IX Office: 508-929-8243,
    University Police: 508-929-8911

    Off Campus Reporting

    Worcester Police: 508-799-8606
    District Attorney’s Office: 508-755-8601

    Hotline/Online Resources

    YWCA Domestic Violence Services: 508-755-9030
    Pathways for Change (Sexual Assault Support): 800-870-5905
    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE
    The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
    Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
    National Sexual Violence Resource Center

    LGBTQ+ Resources

    LGBT National Help Center: 800-246-PRIDE
    TrevorLifeline: 866-488-7386

    To Speak With a Counselor

    Counseling Services*: 508-929-8072
    Student Center, Suite 325
    Sexual Violence Response Counselor

    Campus Ministry*: 508-929-8017
    Pastoral Counseling/Spiritual Support

    Pathways for Change : 800-870-5905
    Sexual Assault Counseling/Advocacy

    YWCA Domestic Violence Services: 508-755-9030

    AllOne EAP (Employees Only): 800-451-1834

    Deaf Survivors

    Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc. (ODSC) Hotline: 844-637-2723
    5 p.m. - 9 a.m.

    Pathways for Change: 800-870-5905
    Video Phone: 508-502-7681
    M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Legal, Immigration or Other Assistance

    Victim Rights Law Center: 617-399-6720
    Community Legal Aid: 800-649-3718
    Massachusetts Justice Project: 508-831-9888
    District Attorney Victim Witness Assistance Program: 508-755-8601

  • 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 Discrimination
    Worcester State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 mandates that no person on the basis of sex may be denied benefits or otherwise discriminated against in any program or activity of the University, including but not limited to admissions, academic offerings, extracurricular or collegiate athletic programs, research, housing, or occupational training. Comparable prohibitions are extended to University employees by state and federal law.
    Sexual Harassment

    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:

    • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education
    • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual
    • such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance and/or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment

    Jennifer Quinn M.Ed., CHES, CTTS
    Director of Title IX
    Drug and Alcohol Education Prevention
    Student Center
    Office SC338

    On-Campus Emergencies

    Off-Campus Emergencies
    Worcester Police Department

  • Title IX Resources
  • Icon Title IX Discrimination Complaint Form
    Icon Title IX Complainant and Respondent Rights
    Icon SAVE Pocket Cards

  • Title IX Training

  • Videos
  • WSU Videos
  • Its on Us to Stop Sexual Assault Video

    It's on Us to Stop Sexual Assault

  • Athletics Department Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault Video

    Athletics Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault