Title IX

Title IX

Maintaining An Environment Of Equality

WNE is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and violence.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities receiving any federal financial assistance must comply with Title IX. Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination.

WNE Coordinator

The University’s Title IX Coordinator is Sarah C. Butterick. Should you have any questions about the policy or training opportunities please contact Sarah C. Butterick, Title IX & Compliance Officer at sarah.butterick@wne.edu or at 413-782-1216. The University’s Title IX Committee convenes on a regular basis throughout the year and provides training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. 

About Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "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 receiving federal financial assistance."

On September 22, 2017, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education issued a new Dear Colleague Letter on sexual harassment and sexual violence. This letter explains a school’s responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to sexual violence in accordance with the requirements of Title IX. Learn more.