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Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault

Overview

For comprehensive information regarding sexual violence, including immediate response options, and prevention, please visit the UMass Lowell:

Sexual Violence Prevention & Education website

It is the responsibility of all members of the UMass Lowell community to prevent sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Supervisors have additional responsibilities. Please regularly review the Sexual Violence, Sexual Discrimination, and Other Sexual Misconduct Guidelines available on the Guidelines and Procedures page.

For critical information for all employees, including those with reporting responsibilities, please familiarize yourself with this resource:

The last page is a reference list of contact information to have on hand in case you learn of a possible incident.

All forms of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other sexual misconduct are prohibited under Title IX and by UMass Lowell.

Please note, reporting sexual violence to a UMass Lowell staff member, including a University Counselor (for anonymous reporting), Student Affairs staff member, coach, a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator, or to the UMass Lowell Police Department will provide the opportunity of providing information on available resources.

For additional specific information regarding sexual violence, please see Sexual Violence Prevention & Education website.

The Sexual Violence, Discrimination, and Misconduct Complaint Procedure is available on the Guidelines and Procedures page. It provides the procedure used to respond to concerns or complaints regarding Title IX, sexual harassment, or the Violence Against Women Act.

In addition, it is unlawful to retaliate against any person who brings a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or other forms of sexual misconduct. For example, even if, after an investigation, it is found that a person's claim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct is not substantiated, it is improper and unlawful to take any action to "get even" with the complaining party, whether through his or her employment or academic status, by any threats, or by any other means. The University of Massachusetts Lowell expressly prohibits individuals from taking any retaliatory action against individuals who have complained about sexual harassment and/or individuals who have cooperated with an investigation of a complaint of sexual harassment. These activities, if substantiated, will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

UMass Lowell is required to take every measure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation, and if it occurs, to appropriately respond.

Please see Title IX Recommended Syllabus Language (pdf). This language is suggested for faculty to include on their syllabi, and may be copied and pasted. It helps to ensure that students are aware of their rights and resources regarding Title IX reporting.

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