It is the policy of Emmanuel College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or the presence of any disability in the recruitment and employment of students, faculty and staff and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations.
Notice of Non-Discrimination Emmanuel College is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with a working and learning environment in which all people are treated with respect and dignity. Each person has the right to work and be educated in an atmosphere that is free of harassment and unlawful discriminatory actions based on race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran or active military status, genetic information or any other protected status. Because Emmanuel College takes allegations of harassment and unlawful discrimination seriously, we will respond promptly to complaints and where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, we will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective action as is necessary, including disciplinary action where appropriate.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations, as well as to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and to serve as the overall Campus Coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance.
Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Sex discrimination includes
sexual harassment and sexual assault.
While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all educational, extracurricular, athletic and other programs and activities at Emmanuel College. This prohibition against sex discrimination applies regardless of whether the activity is conducted on campus, off campus, in transit or if sponsored at other locations.
While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at the College, below you will find a list of community members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.
Title IX Coordinator
Erin Farmer Noonan, Director of Human Resources
Administration Building - 336 617-735-9991
For employee related matters you may contact: Scott Lerner, Associate Director of Human Resources Administration Building - 336 617-735-9991
For student related matters, you may contact: Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Dean of Students St. Ann Residence Hall Lower Level 617-735-9917
Susan K. Benzie, Director of Residence Life
St. Ann Residence Hall Lower Level 617-264-7601
Please note that any incident should be reported to either the Title IX Coordinator or at least one of the Deputy Coordinators. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator will work together to solve issues as needed.
Frequenty Asked Questions
Isn't Title IX just about athletics? No, not entirely. Title IX addresses discrimination based on sex/gender. Title IX considers sexual harassment as a form of sex/gender discrimination and it requires that all incidents of sexual harassment be viewed as discrimination and be investigated.
As a student at Emmanuel College, am I protected from sex discrimination? Federal law protects all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, immigration status, or whether they have a disability. .
Is it possible to be sexually harassed/assaulted by someone of the same gender? Yes. If you have been subjected to unwanted sexual contact or sexual harassment, your gender and the gender of the alleged perpetrator are irrelevant. Such conduct is prohibited by Title IX.
If I report an assault and there is a judicial hearing will I be asked questions about my past sexual history? No. Questions about a survivor's past sexual history will not be permitted during a judicial hearing.
If I am assaulted by someone with whom I had a previous sexual relationship does it imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual violence? No. A previous sexual relationship does not imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual violence.
What is sex discrimination? How is it defined? Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. Discrimination is the unequal treatment of a person based on that person's gender. This prohibition covers any term or condition of employment, academic program, student service, activity, benefit or opportunity provided by Emmanuel College. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances which interfere with an individual's work, academic, residential, or co-curricular environment, or coercive behavior which threatens employment or academic reprisal or promises reward contingent upon obtainment of sexual favors. In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record as a whole and to the totality of circumstances, including the nature and frequency of the conduct and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
What are some examples of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault? Depending on the particular circumstances, sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault may include, but is not limited to, the following: Physical assaults of a sexual nature, such as rape, sexual battery, molestation, or attempts to commit these assaults; and intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature such as touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, poking, or brushing against another individual's body. Offering or implying an employment-related reward (such as a promotion, raise, or different work assignment) or an education-related reward (such as a better grade, a letter of recommendation, favorable treatment in the classroom, assistance in obtaining employment, grants or fellowships, or admission to any educational program or activity) in exchange for sexual favors or submission to sexual conduct. Threatening or taking a negative employment action (such as termination, demotion, denial of an employee benefit or privilege, or change in working conditions) or negative educational action (such as giving an unfair grade, withholding a letter of recommendation, or withholding assistance with any educational activity) or intentionally making the individual's job or academic work more difficult because sexual conduct is rejected. The use or display in the classroom or workplace, including electronic, of pornographic or sexually harassing materials such as posters, photos, cartoons or graffiti without pedagogical justification. Unwelcome sexual advances, repeated propositions or requests for a sexual relationship to an individual who has previously indicated that such conduct is unwelcome, or sexual gestures, noises, remarks, jokes, questions, or comments about a person's sexuality or sexual experience. Such conduct between peers must be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an educational or working environment that is hostile or abusive. A single incident involving severe misconduct may rise to the level of harassment.
What should I do if I think I have been discriminated against? You should Speak Up . The best way to stop any kind of discrimination is to tell someone who is trained to hear complaints, and that person will investigate and, when appropriate, take steps to stop the discrimination.
Who do I tell?There are several people at Emmanuel College trained to address complaints of gender discrimination. Emmanuel College's Title IX Coordinator oversees all compliance with all Title IX related matters, including the handling of complaints. There are several people called Title IX Deputy Coordinators who investigate complaints or who oversee the investigation of complaints. Detailed information about how and where to file a complaint of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault can be found under the Title IX Contact Information tab.
If an incident of sexual violence occurs off campus, can the college investigate?When Campus Safety becomes aware of an off-campus emergency involving an Emmanuel student, faculty or staff member, the Police Department of jurisdiction will be immediately notified, and Campus Safety Officers will assist in coordinating the response. Camps Safety has a strong relationships with the Boston Police, Brookline Police and the Massachusetts State Police and routinely interacts in exchanging information, reporting crimes, conducting investigations and conducting joint training exercises. Although no formal MOUs exist among the Departments, the collaborative partnership works extremely well, to the benefit of all concerned.
If I expercise my rights under the Campus SaVE Act will the College retaliate against me?Emmanuel prohibits retaliation by its officers, employees, or agents against a person who exercises his or her rights or responsibilities under any Provision of the Campus SaVE Act.
Rape Aggression Defense(RAD) Program
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program is taught by a certified Emmanuel College Campus Safety Officer and empowers female students, faculty and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training
Emmanuel College is required by law to have a written policy on sexual harassment and discrimination and to make employees aware of that policy. To ensure that employees fully understand these policies and discrimination in all its forms, we require all new faculty and staff to complete an online, web-based training program every 3 years. To access the training, please visit the
Harassment Training website.
Campus Safety Senior Command Staff
Emmanuel College has 10 sexual assault investigators dual certified by the
BU School of Medicine and MA Criminal Justice Training Council: Jack Kelly, Walter Carlson, Scott Jennings, Ken MacGregor, Gerard Regan, Brian Lilly, Frederick Morse, Brian Mulhern, Dermot Moriarty and Kevin Callahan (patrol officer).
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Dr. Joe Onofrietti
Dean of Students
Dr. Brenda Hawks
Director of Counseling
Fr. John Spencer
Assoc. VP for Mission and Ministry
Director of Residence Life
Director of Campus Safety
Erin Farmer Noonan
Director of Human Resources
PTSD Informational Video
Understanding PTSD Informational Packet
Seek immediate medical attentionIt is important to receive immediate medical attention even if you feel you were not physically harmed. Locally, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has specialized medical teams the work with victims of sexual offenses. A medical examination that includes a general physical exam and an exam to check for internal injuries will most likely be suggested. Also, the victim can choose to be tested for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. A medical examination does not require the victim to press charges.
Preserve Evidence Before going to the hospital a victim should not shower, wash or throw away any clothing worn at the time of the sexual assault. Evidence on one's body or clothes is critical if the choice is made to press charges, either immediately or at a later date. Upon request, the hospital will hold evidence for at least six months, regardless of the decision to seek a criminal complaint. In addition to contacting Campus Safety at 617 735-9888 (emergency line), members of the Sexual Assualt Response Team(SART) can be contacted.
Victims' Bill of Rights
Counseling CenterAdministration Building, Room 151 Phone: 617 735-9920
Campus SafetyAdministration Building, Room 139 617-735-9888
Health ServicesSt. Joe's G02 617-264-7678
Residence Life and HousingSt. Ann's Lower Level
Off Campus Resources:
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)1-800-656- HOPE (4673) RAINN is a 24/7 national toll-free hotline for victims of sexual assault. When a victim calls the 800 number, the call will be routed instantaneously to the rape crisis center nearest the caller.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
Boston Police Department (BPD)
Boston Police Department (BPD) To report sexual violence which occurred in the city of Boston. (617) 343-4633 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Boston Police Department, Sexual Assault Division
911 or 617-343-4400
Fenway Community Health Center's Violence Recovery Center
Employee Assistance Program(EAP)
Where to get help for PTSD
Understanding PTSD Informational Packet
Risk Reduction Tips
Personal Safety Tips
The most common type of rape is "acquaintance rape," committed by someone the victim knows. To minimize the chance of acquaintance rape, keep the following points in mind: 1. Alcohol and drug consumption may increase aggressiveness, suppress normal inhibitions, impair judgment and increase your susceptibility to peer pressure. 2. Drink only beverages you can identify and never leave a drink unsupervised. 3. Avoid being alone in a secluded place with someone you do not know well. 4. Before going to parties, always be sure you have a safe way of getting home. 5. Be clear about your sexual intentions; communicate your limits clearly. Do not give mixed messages - say yes when you mean yes; no when you mean no. 6. Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong about a situation, leave immediately.
Sexual Assault- any unwanted , coerced, or forced sexual contact or intercourse OR sexual contact or intercourse with someone who is not able to give consent(e.g. under the influence of alcohol or drugs or asleep). Sexual assault can involve the sexual penetration of a bodily orfice, but also include other unwanted sexual contact.
Relationship Violence- intentionally violent or controlling behavior by a person who is currently or was previously in a relationship with the victim. Relationship violence includes actual or threatened physical injury, sexual assault, psychological abuse, economic control, and/or progressive social isolation.
Stalking- a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Sexual Harassment- unwelcome sexual advances which interfere with an individual's work, academic, residential, or co-curricular environment, or coercive behavior which threatens employment or academic reprisal or promises reward contingent upon obtainment of sexual favors.
Sexual Coercion- Using pressure, force, alcohol or drugs to have sex with someone against his or her will.
Domestic Violence- includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.
Consent- Consent is the act of willingly agreeing to engage in specific sexual behavior. Consent requires that a person be able to freely choose between two options: yes and no. A person is incapable of giving consent if s/he is asleep, unconscious, or otherwise unable to communicate. No one who has been threatened, coerced or drugged can consent. A person is unable to give consent when s/he is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or is not competent to give consent due to mental illness. A current or prior sexual or dating relationship does not constitute consent.
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events.Most people who experience such events recover from them, but people with PTSD continue to be severely depressed and anxious for months or even years following the event
Help for Someone Accused of Sexual Misconduct
What should I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?
Do not contact the complainant.
Contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Coordinators.
Title IX Coordinators will explain the College's procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints, explain the rights and responsibilities of the Complainant and Respondent, explain the prohibition against retaliation, and explain the grievance process.
What rights do I have if I am accused of sexual misconduct?
You have the right to receive notice of the allegations
You have the right to the opportunity to be heard and present your side and any witnesses that you identify in support of your side.
You have the opportunity to have an advisor of your choice from the Emmanuel community present.
You have the right to a prompt and equitable investigation.
You will have the opportunity to fully provide your side to the investigator.
You have access to Counseling and Psychiatric Services.
As a College employee, you have access to the Employee Assistance Program(EAP).
If you disclose to a College employee (including faculty members), they are required to report this information to a Title IX Coordinator for investigation.
Title IX requires the College to balance the needs of the individual reporting an incident who may request confidentiality with its obligation to end the harassment and consider the well being of the community at large. Depending on the facts of the alleged incident, further action may be necessary, such as a campus security alert. The alert, however, would never contain any information identifying the individual who brought the complaint. If the misconduct is reported to the Title IX Coordinator, the College must respond appropriately.
If you are concerned about confidentiality, discuss this issue first with the College's confidential counselors, who will be able to explain various options you may take and the implications for each options and direct you to other on- or off-campus resources as appropriate.
Throughout the course of an investigation, information will be disclosed only to select officials who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their college responsibilities. Dissemination of information and/or written materials to persons not involved in the complaint procedure is not permitted.
Will My Parents Be Told?
In the event of major medical, disciplinary, or academic jeopardy, students are strongly encouraged to inform their parents. College officials will directly inform parents when requested to do so by a student. While the College takes seriously an accuser's request for confidentiality, in certain instances where a health or safety emergency exist, or if the College determines such communication is otherwise deemed appropriate, parents may be contacted.
Who Are Confidential Counselors?
As a result of the negotiated rulemaking process which followed the signing into law, the 1998 amendments to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092(f), clarification was given to those considered to be campus security authorities. Campus "Pastoral Counselors" and Campus "Professional Counselors", when acting as such are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes from inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged; if and when they deem appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the crime statistics.
Dr. Brenda Hawks
Director of Counseling
Assistant Director of Counseling, LMHC
Dr. Anne Ollen-Smith
Fr. John Patrick Spencer, S.J.
Associate Vice President of Mission and Ministry
Confidential Reporting Although we encourage the reporting of campus criminal activity to Campus Safety, in some instances community members may choose to file a report with the College and school officials. Reports of criminal behavior reported to these officials are included in the annual disclosure of criminal statistics included in this report.
With the permission of the victim, the Director of Campus Safety can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing the victim's identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with the victim's wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant and alert the campus community to any potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are included and disclosed in the annual crime statistics report.
Criminal activity is also reported to the Boston Police 617 343-4200 or 911 for an emergency. Any matter outside the jurisdiction of the local police is reported to the Massachusetts State Police 508-820-2300.