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Compliance

Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual offenses as defined by the Hampshire College Sexual Offenses Policy. The College is committed to responding promptly and equitably to all reported incidents of sexual harassment or sexual offenses and to taking the necessary steps to end reported harassment or assault, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at Hampshire, listed below are the team of staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Title IX Coordinator
Diana Fernández, Chief Diversity Officer • Box PR • Cole Science Building • Hampshire College • Amherst, MA  01002 • dfPR@hampshire.edu 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX compliance at Hampshire; supporting Title IX deputy coordinators; coordinating training, education, and prevention efforts; conducting on-going and annual climate checks and monitoring of sexual harassment allegations on campus; ensuring timely and fair resolutions; and establishing a centralized process for reporting all sexual harassment/sexual offenses claims on campus.

Confidentiality
Conversations with coordinators are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators of the College who may need to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.

Students who have a complaint against another student for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or another potential violation of the sexual offenses policy may contact the following Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Student Complaints
Renee Freedman, Senior Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life • Box SA • Hampshire College • Merrill Student Center • Hampshire College • Amherst, MA 01002 • 413.559.5412 • rfreedman@hampshire.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Student Case Management
Jessica Fontaine, Director of Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities • Box PH • Prescott House Office • Hampshire College • 893 West Street • Amherst, MA 01002 • 413.559.6205 • jfontaine@hampshire.edu

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Title IX deputy coordinators for students oversee the dissemination of Title IX information, receive student complaints and initiate investigations, coordinate and oversee student conduct proceedings,  and provide assistance to Title IX coordinator to ensure institutional compliance.

Contact Renee Freedman if you have a complaint against a Hampshire student for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or another potential violation of the sexual offenses policy.

Contact Jessica Fontaine for information pertaining to Norms for Community Living and Policies and for information regarding student conduct proceedings. Complainants and respondents may interact with both or either Title IX deputy for students during the adjudication or resolution of a sexual offense policy matter.

Athletics
If you have a complaint against a Hampshire College student, coach, or administrator for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or another potential violation of the sexual offenses policy or have a complaint about gender equity in Hampshire College athletics, you may contact another applicable office listed here, or you may contact the following Title IX deputy coordinator:

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Athletics
Troy Hill, Coach and Instructor • Robert Crown Center • Box OP • Hampshire College • Amherst, MA 01002 • 413.559.5470 • Thill@hampshire.edu 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Facilitate the handling of the complaint with the appropriate office and compliance matters related to gender equity in Hampshire College athletic programs.


If faculty, staff, and/or visitors would like to file a complaint against an employee (staff and faculty member including instructors, visiting professors, staff-faculty associates, and adjuncts) and visitors for sexual harassment, harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault,  they should contact the following Title IX team members:

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Shelly Ruocco, Associate Vice President for Human Resources • Box HR • Robert Stiles House • Hampshire College • Amherst, MA 01002 • 413.559.5605 • amrHR@hampshire.edu

Dianna Williams, Assistant Director of Human Resources • Box HR • Robert Stiles House • Hampshire College • Amherst, MA 01002 • 413.559.5605 • dwilliams@hampshire.edu

Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for Title IX compliance for matters involving faculty and staff and visitors, including training, education, communications, and administration of the grievance procedures for all complaints against faculty, staff, and visitors, including those complaints filed by students.

You should contact Shelly Ruocco or Dianna Williams if you have a complaint against a Hampshire College faculty or staff member or visitor for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault.

You should contact any member of the Title IX team if you:
  • Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct;
  • Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a College investigation;
  • Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
  • You are a potential complainant and you seek guidance on possible non-disciplinary remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
  • Have questions about Hampshire College’s policies and procedures.
 

Contact Us

Chief Diversity Officer
The Charles W. Cole Science Center First Floor Room 106
Mail Code PR
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413.559.6253
Fax 413.559.5584
dfernandez@hampshire.edu
 

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