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 (Interim).

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.

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

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Philip Clay

For Students

Philip Clay
Anne Ogilvie

For Global Projects

Anne Oglivie
Kristan Coffey

For Staff

Kristan Coffey
Arthur C. Heinricher

For Faculty

Arthur C. Heinricher

When You Are Reporting an Incident

  • Generally, all employees, except for those designated as confidential resources, are mandated reporters and must report such information when the incident involves 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.

How the Resolution Process Is Determined

The identity of the person alleged to have violated this policy (the respondent) will control which resolution process is followed.

If the respondent is a

StudentStudent Responsibilities and Code of Conduct will be followed.

Faculty memberSexual Misconduct Complaint Procedures will be followed.

Staff member – Human Resources staff procedures will be followed.

Visitor to the WPI campus – WPI’s ability to investigate is limited. However, accommodations and interim measures may still be available, and a report may still be made to local law enforcement. Contact Melissa Pierce, Title IX Coordinator, for more information.

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.