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University celebrates Constitution Day

Posted 09/16/15

Fitchburg State University will observe Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17 with a roundtable discussion on the topic of Title IX in Higher Education at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the talk.

Title IX, enacted in 1972, refers to the federal legislation that ensured equal opportunity for men and women in all aspects of education, including funding for women’s athletics as well as provisions about sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender discrimination, and equal protection on college campuses.

Constitution Day is observed every Sept. 17, recognizing the date in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

The campus observance will begin with an overview and presentation by Catherine Cocks, director of community standards at the University of Connecticut. Cocks is responsible for the coordination of individual and student group-based discipline, development of creative responses to student conduct issues, and the implementation of a comprehensive education process for helping community members fully understand their rights and responsibilities.

The presentation  will be followed by a roundtable discussion about Title IX at Fitchburg State, featuring Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Payroll Services Jessica Murdoch, Assistant Dean of Student Academic Life & Conduct William Cummings, Campus Police Chief Karen Leary and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Walsh.

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