Title IX

Wesleyan looks at Title IX as a process of continuous improvement, and as such, we are aligned with the current federal and state guidance, as well as the guidance pertaining to the Clery Act. That said, we are looking to continually evaluate and develop policies, procedures, and practices that put Wesleyan at the forefront of the conversation; locally and nationally.

In the summer of 2015, Wesleyan adopted "One Policy: Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct".  In the summer of 2017 this policy was modified slighty to the "Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct".  This can be found in the column to the left.

Antonio Farias is the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and has been named as Wesleyan’s Title IX Officer. He ensures campus-wide Title IX protocol is implemented and is the central, one-stop person to whom all complaints or notice related to sex/gender misconduct and disability discrimination is directed to. He has the following responsibilities:

  • Ensure prompt response to stop the harassment/discrimination
  • Implement immediate remedial support for the survivor (victim)
  • Initiate the preliminary investigation
  • Oversee action to reasonably prevent the recurrence
  • Conduct ongoing educational campaigns and climate monitoring of sexual misconduct allegations.

 

WESLEYAN TITLE IX STAFF:

Antonio Farias
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion / Title IX Officer
317 North College
860-685-4771
afarias@wesleyan.edu

Debbie Colucci
Equity Compliance Director & Deputy Title IX Officer
112 North College
860-685-2456
dcolucci@wesleyan.edu

WESLEYAN TITLE IX POLICY DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION & RESOURCES:

 

Campus Resources:

 

Title IX Committees: The Title IX Officer (Antonio Farias) manages a tiered and tri-chaired series of five committees that function with shared governance (faculty, staff, students) and transparency. Committe members undergo Title IX training on a continous basis and are in the process of holding community forums to intake feedback from the broader faculty, staff, and student body. 

Memo of Understanding (MOU) formalizes the commitment of all participating agencies to work together to provide support and services to student and employee victims of sexual assault and to improve the overall response to sexual assault at Wesleyan and within the greater Middletown community. These agencies share the goal of preventing sexual assault on campus and in the community, and responding appropriately to students and employees who have been victimized.  

RELATED ARTICLES:

  • TITLE IX OVERVIEW:

    Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972  states that 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. Title IX is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. It applies to non-discrimination based on sex/gender to all recipients of federal funds and applies to issues of program equity, such as in athletics, and also to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

    Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law.  These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology, Minors.


    Sexual misconduct and violence on college campuses is of great concern and, in the past few years, has begun to get the level of attention that will allow change to occur:


    Individuals are always encouraged to use the full resources available to them, including engaging directly with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
    Boston Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    8th Floor
    5 Post Office Square
    Boston, MA 02109-3921
    Telephone: (617) 289-0111
    Facsimile: (617) 289-0150
    Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov