Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that provides:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX prohibits discrimination based on gender, which includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all university programs and activities, including, but not limited to; student services, academic programs, class assignment, grading, athletics, admissions, recreation, recruiting, financial aid, counseling and guidance, discipline, housing, and employment.
Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination.
The Title IX Coordinator, Mark Jannoni, is responsible for enforcing the Title IX Policy. Please direct all questions and concerns to:
Assistant Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
The Office for University Equity and Compliance
Richards Hall #125
Seek Medical Attention. If you are the survivor of a sexual assault consider getting medical attention. The University Health and Counseling Services (617-373-2772) offers urgent medical and counseling appointments to all students. You also have the right to go to the Emergency Room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Boston Medical Center to meet a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to both collect forensic evidence and provide medical care and support to you. NUPD can provide students with an escort to the hospital.
Preserve Evidence. Try to save a record of unwanted contact or communications. Avoid showering or cleaning before seeking medical treatment or contacting authorities in order to preserve physical evidence.
Resources. Contact any of the listed on- or off-campus resources to get information, support, counseling, medical treatment or legal advocacy.
Report. Contact the Title IX Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office for University Equity and Compliance to learn about safety measures, reporting options, investigation procedures, and potential pathways towards a resolution.
Consent may never be given: by minors (in Massachusetts, those not yet 16 years of age), mentally disabled persons, or those who are incapacitated as a result of intoxication by alcohol or other drug consumption (voluntary or involuntary) or those who are unconscious, unaware, or otherwise physically helpless. A person who is incapacitated as a result of intoxication cannot give consent to sexual activity. Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because they lack the ability to understand the who, what, when, where, why or how of their sexual activities.
The University will act in accordance with the Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) at all times during the course of investigations. All publicly available records required to be maintained by law will omit the names and other personally identifiable information about complainants and other victims who choose not to file a grievance, to the extent permissible by law.
At Northeastern, all faculty and staff are considered “Title IX Reporters” and are required to report information to University personnel necessary to carry out University policies and procedures. Only those individuals who are statutorily prohibited from reporting, such as health professionals and spiritual advisors or clergy, shall not have a duty to report all incidents.
Potential interim measures include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Options for on- and/or off-campus medical treatment, counseling and other related services, including access to a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner;
- If any party resides in University housing, options for alternate housing arrangements, including immediate relocation to different University housing;
- Options for altering academic class schedules/obligations;
- Options for altering student organization schedules/obligations;
- Options for alternative transportation to criminal and/or court proceedings;
- Options for seeking assistance from local law enforcement;
- Options for receiving a University no-contact order; and
- Options for seeking a judicial no-contact, restraining, and/or protective order.
The interim remedies described above are available to student affected parties/victims, accused parties, and witnesses.
An individual has the right to pursue a university investigation by filing a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator, Mark Jannoni, and to pursue criminal charges through the police. An affected party may elect to file a complaint with the University, the police, or both at the same time. While Northeastern may provide information and support, university and criminal investigations are independent and distinct.
The processes are not mutually exclusive. A student may be arrested and charged in the criminal justice system as well as under the Code of Student Conduct. Alternatively, charges can occur for alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct, which may not be violations of the law.
You may make a report without disclosing your name by using the on-line form on this website. You can also report to a confidential support resource such as UHCS or the Sexual Violence Resource Center. Furthermore, any individual may report an incident to the Title IX Coordinator anonymously, without disclosing their name, identifying the accused party, or requesting any action by the University.
However, if the affected party’s identity is made known to the University, but the affected party asks to remain anonymous during the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will consider how to proceed. The University will consider requests to keep an affected party’s identity anonymous and/or to not pursue and investigation, but the University must balance this request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all University community members as well as the fair treatment of all individuals involved. This includes the accused party’s right to have specific notice of the allegations if the University were to take action that affects the accused party. The University will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or to not pursue an investigation, but its ability to investigate may be limited by the request. If the University’s responsibility to investigate and/or disclose the identity of an affected party became necessary, the University would consult with the affected party and keep them informed of any next steps.
Listen. Be there and communicate without judgment.
Validate. Acknowledge the survivor’s feelings of sadness, fear, anger or confusion. Let them know that these feelings are normal.
Be Patient. Avoid putting pressure on them to engage in activities until they are ready to do so.
Support. The healing process takes time. Assure the survivor that this experience can be overcome and that in time they can heal. Affirm that they are an important part of your life.
Please note that the use of alcohol or drugs does not excuse sexual misconduct and a person who has been incapacitated through the use of alcohol, drugs, or by any other means cannot give effective consent to sexual activity. The University may initiate an educational discussion or pursue other educational remedies regarding alcohol or other drugs.