Title IX

WPI’s approach to Title IX is comprehensive and progressive. All members of the WPI community are protected by and guided by the standards and regulations of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities.

WPI is committed to creating a safe environment for everyone. It is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from gender-based discrimination. It expresses the community's expectations in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.  To learn more about your options without making a report to WPI, please speak with a Confidential Resource Advisor.

This policy specifically addresses unlawful discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender, including gender identity or gender expression, and reflects compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Massachusetts state law and other federal laws. Discrimination includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking. 

WPI strongly encourages anyone who has information about a violation of this policy that may also be a crime to report it to the WPI Police Department.  Confidential Resource Advisors are available to discuss your options without a report being made to WPI.

Those with information about a violation of this policy are strongly encouraged to contact one of the Title IX Coordinators listed below:

Title IX Coordinator

Melissa Pierce
Melissa Pierce
508-831-6514
mapierce@wpi.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Emily Perlow

For Students

Emily Perlow
508-831-5201
eperlow@wpi.edu
Arthur C. Heinricher

For Faculty

Arthur C. Heinricher
508-831-5397
heinrich@wpi.edu
Kristan Coffey

For Staff

Kristan Coffey
508-831-4680
kecoffey@wpi.edu
Anne Ogilvie

For Global Projects

Anne Oglivie
508-831-4944
atoglivie@wpi.edu

When You Are Reporting an Incident

  • Generally, all employees, except for those designated as confidential resources, are required to report to a Title IX Coordinator any information they have when they learn of an incident involving any student.​ Reports should be made as early as possible.
  • All supervisors, directors, managers, and human resources professionals have a responsibility to report to all relevant details about an incident where either the complainant or the respondent is an employee. Reports should be made as early as possible.

Confidential Resource Advisors

Often times, those involved in the process will have to make difficult decisions.  WPI's Confidential Resource Advisors (CRAs) are employees who have received special training to help you make the right decision for you while also being a source of support throughout the process. 

Complainants - Deciding what to do after experiencing a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy can be difficult.  You can speak with a CRA about what has happened confidentially, and no report will be made to the Title IX Office.  The CRA can assist you with obtaining other resources and can help you decide what, if any, of your reporting options to pursue.  Your CRA can continue to be a source of support throughout the rest of the process, no matter what option you choose.

Respondents - It can be difficult to decide what to do when accused of violating the policy.  Whatever you speak to the CRA about will remain confidential, and no report will be made to the Title IX Office.  CRAs can assist you in making decisions regarding formal and informal resolutions, and can help connect you with resources.  Your CRA can continue to be a source of support throughout the rest of the process.

CRAs for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Complainant CRAs

Trained to assist those who have experienced a violation of the policy

General CRAs 

Trained to assist both complainants and respondents 

Respondent CRAs 

Trained to assist those who are accused of violating the policy:

Colleen Callahan-Panday, International House, ccallahan@wpi.edu, 508-831-6030 (students only)

Kate Beverage, Academic Technology Center, kwrigley@wpi.edu, 508-831-6012 

Maggie Becker, Academic Advising, mrbecker@wpi.edu, 508-831-5879 

 

Jennifer Cluett, Admissions, jcluett@wpi.edu, 508-831-5286 

Colleen Callahan-Panday, International House, ccallahan@wpi.edu, 508-831-6030 (International students only)

Jake Goldblum, Residential Services, jrgoldblum@wpi.edu, 508-831-5645 (students only)

 

Dan Dougherty, Computer Science, dd@wpi.edu, 508-831-5621 

 

 

Charmaine Jemison, Marketing & Communication, cajemison@wpi.edu, 508-831-5305 

 

 

Debra Ofcarcik, Arts &Sciences, dofcarcik@wpi.edu, 508-831-4678 

 

 

David Ortendahl, Career Development Center, dortendahl@wpi.edu, 508-831-5831 (Students only)

 

 

Doug Petkie, Physics, dtpetkie@wpi.edu, 508-831-5420 

 

 

Liz Tomaszewski, Office of Sustainability, ltomasz@wpi.edu, 508-831-5454 

 

Supporting a Friend

When someone you know is assaulted, it’s hard to know the right thing to do. But the steps you take to help your friend can be an important source of caring and support. If you find yourself in need of offering assistance, read more information on supporting a survivor and How to Help a Friend.

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