Updates and information regarding proposed U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding Title IX:

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". In January 2018, this policy was modified again to include a "relationship" section. The current policy be found in the column to the left.

Alison Williams '81 is the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and has been named as Wesleyan’s Title IX Officer. She 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. The Title IX Officer 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 has developed FAQs to respond to questions related to Sexual Misconduct.


Alison Williams '81
Vice President for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Officer
318 North College

Debbie Colucci
Equity Compliance Director & Deputy Title IX Officer
112 North College




Campus Resources:


Title IX Committees: In 2014, Wesleyan implemented a tiered and tri-chaired series of five committees that function with shared governance (faculty, staff, students) and transparency. The current policies and procedures are the result of thoughtful input and recommendations from a wide range of constituencies – students, faculty, staff and other community members, expert researchers and practitioners, outside reviewers, and colleagues at other institutions.  

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.  



    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.

    Note that discrimination based on pregnancy and parenting is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX requires that schools must offer pregnant students the same benefits they offer to students with other medical conditions, such as illness or injury. One exception to this rule is absences – Title IX requires that schools (including universities, colleges, etc.) excuse absences due to pregnancy and related conditions for as long as a doctor says it is necessary.  Students to whom this applies should work with Health Services and their Class Dean.

    Click here to learn more about supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX.

    Additionally, sexual misconduct and violence on college campuses is of great concern and, in the recent years, has begun to get the level of attention that allows 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.
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