| Life at WSU | Title IX | Reporting and Resources
All members of the Worcester State University community are encouraged to promptly report complaints, concerns, observations, knowledge, or suspicion of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.
Reporting these occurrences allows WSU to take prompt and effective action to identify and address threats to our community and to provide assistance to those who may need it.Most WSU employees are obligated to report (share knowledge or suspicion of) these incidents with WSU’s Title IX coordinator, with the exception of certain medical professionals and clergy acting within their professional capacities.
Note that WSU’s responsibility is to ensure the safety of all students and employees on campus. Therefore, WSU cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be maintained if such confidentiality would negatively impact the safety of others. WSU will take steps to keep information as private as possible, but cannot guarantee confidentiality. Students seeking confidentiality may speak with medical professionals or clergy, acting within their professional capacities, as noted below.
WSU prohibits and takes proactive steps to prevent retaliation or adverse action against an individual because she or he has made an honestly believed report or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing regarding a report or complaint of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.
Professional medical staff* and clergy are entitled to confidential privilege with their clients when acting within their professional capacities. Under the Clery Act, staff may still need to make a report that an offense has occurred, but may omit information which may identify the individual.
Places to report an incident of sexual violence or discrimination on campus:
WSU Tip Line
The WSU Tip Line is also available for confidential reporting. It offers tipsters anonymity, allowing anyone to discretely provide timely, critical information without letting those in his/her vicinity in on the communication. However, Worcester State University will likely be severely limited in investigating and responding to anonymous reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.
To provide anonymous information to WSU Police, send a text message to 274637 containing the word “WSUPD,” followed by a space, and then your message. Once you submit your tip:
Additional External Resources
At any time, individuals have the right to file charges of unlawful discrimination with the appropriate government agency with or without first utilizing the Title IX Complaint Procedures. Such agencies include:
Office for Civil Rights, Boston OfficeU.S. Department of Education5 Post Office Square, 8th FloorBoston, MA 02109-3921617-289-0111617-289-0150 (fax) 1-800-872-5327 (TTY: 1-800-437-0833) OCR.Boston@ed.govTimeframe: Must file within 180 calendar days of alleged incident.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionJohn F. Kennedy Federal Building, Room 475Government CenterBoston, MA 02203-0506617-565-3200TTY: 617-565-3204Timeframe: Must file within 300 calendar days of alleged incident.
Massachusetts Commission Against DiscriminationOne Ashburton Place, Room 601Boston, MA 02108617-727-3990 (ext. 588 for TTY)Timeframe: Must file within 300 calendar days of alleged incident.
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination436 Dwight Street, 2nd Floor, Room 220Springfield, MA 01103(413) 739-2145Timeframe: Must file within 300 calendar days of alleged incident.
Pathways for Change ending the silence... ending sexual violence24-Hour Hotline: 800-870-5905TTY: 888-887-7130 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)508-852-7600 (office)508-852-7870 (fax)www.CentralMassPFC.org
Our Deaf Survivors Center Hotline for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Victims 1-844-ODSC-SAFE (1-844-637-2723)odscunity.blogspot.comFacebook page: www.facebook.com/OurDeafSurvivorsCenter
YWCA Greater Worcester Daybreak Program24-Hour Hotline: 508-755-9030508-767-2505 (office)www.ywcacentralmass.org
Males Advocating Change: Promoting Healthy, Non-violent Masculinity (a program of Pathways for Change)508-852-7600 508-852-7870 (fax)MAC@CentralMassPFC.orgwww.CentralMassPFC.org
Battered Women’s ResourcesNorth Central Massachusetts978-537-8601