Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action/Title IX

Fitchburg State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity, affirmative action and a campus free from all forms of sexually harassing and violent behavior. The university is dedicated to providing an educational, working, and living environment for students, employees, and other members of the campus community.

This webpage has been created and designed to serve as a central source of information for non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity, affirmative action and prevention and education of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking including as it relates to Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, the Clery Act, and university policy.

The university does not discriminate unlawfully in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or veteran status. The university prohibits unlawful discrimination or discriminatory harassment on all of those bases.

Discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Such behavior violates these policies and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.

When sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking occur, it deeply affects our entire community. Therefore, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture of prevention and education, where expectations are clear, reporting processes are easily navigable, resources are readily available, and perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

These policies apply in all university programs and activities, including, but not limited to, athletics, instruction, grading, university housing, and university employment. These policies apply to all members of the university community, including, but not limited to, students, faculty, staff, employees, applicants, and campus visitors and guests. These policies also apply to off-campus conduct that negatively affects an individual’s experience on campus or the overall university environment.

All claims of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation complaints from and about students, applicants, employees, faculty, staff, and visitors to the university, may be addressed with Ms. Jessica Murdoch, the associate vice president of human resources & payroll services/ affirmative action, Section 504 and title II of the ADA and Title IX Coordinator who oversees its compliance with non-discrimination, equal opportunity and Title IX laws. Contact information is below.

Ms. Jessica Murdoch
Office of Human Resources
Sanders Administration Building, Room 202
jmurdoch@fitchburgstate.edu

The university prohibits retaliation against any person who files a claim, complaint, or charge under these policies or applicable law or who assists or participates in an investigation or resolution of such claim, complaint, or charge. In addition, no university employee or agent may retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under these policies. Retaliation is a serious violation of university policies and the university will take strong responsive action if it occurs, including disciplinary action up to and including termination or dismissal from campus.

The university designated Title IX coordinator is Ms. Jessica Murdoch, in addition Dr. William Cummings serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator: questions regarding Title IX may be referred to either Ms. Murdoch or Dr. Cummings, assistant dean of student academic life & conduct or the Office of Civil Rights, who may assist with Title IX concerns.

Please utilize the links on the left hand side of the site to learn more about our policies, how to report concerns, resources accessible to members of the university community, and other useful information.

We will continue to support all members of our community and promote a culture free from harassment, violence and discrimination. However, we can't do it alone. We need your participation, feedback, ideas, and commitment.

EEO/Affirmative Action Plan