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Affirmative Action & Title IX – Know Your Rights

At Greenfield Community College, we are committed to providing a supportive learning environment and fostering safe, healthy relationships among our faculty, staff, and students.  GCC values a diversity that includes differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin,range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education and political perspective.  These beliefs and practices apply to all of the programs at GCC.

What to do if you've been subjected to an act of sexual violence
  • Find a safe place
  • Get medical attention (Recommended within 72 hours. Does not mean you are required to press charges, just preserves the option to do so.)
  • Preserve evidence (Avoid washing, eating, drinking, douching, cleaning, using the bathroom, or changing clothes unless the clothes worn at the time are not cleaned and are placed in an unused or clean paper bag. Again, this does not mean you are required to press charges, but the option to do so is preserved.)
  • Seek out health and support services (Contact the College’s Learning Support Counselor for a confidential discussion about your situation and options.)

Download a list of contact people and resources

Sexual Violence – Victim’s Rights & Information

How and where to file a sexual violence complaint

Any employee or student, or applicant for employment or admission, who believes he/she has been subjected to Prohibited Conduct as defined under Affirmative Action Plan can file a complaint.  The person or organization filing the complaint need not be the victim of the alleged discrimination but may be affected by a general hostile sexual environment or complain on behalf of another person or group.

Anyone on the list below can assist you with filing a complaint of any type.

Title/Area of Expertise Contact/Location Phone Alt. Phone
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Executive Director of Human Resources

Joan Murphy/S424 (413)
775-1312
(413) 775-1314
(HR Staff Assistant)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Dean of Students

Anna Berry/C103A (413)
775-1868
(413) 775-1339
(Advising Center Admin. Assistant)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Associate Dean of Student Development
Resource for Students in Recovery

Judy Raper/E101 (413)
775-1819
(413) 775-1201
(Student Development Assistant)
Director of Public Safety Alex Wiltz/S110 (413)
775-1212
(413) 775-1214
(Public Safety Admin. Assistant)
  • Complete an Affirmative Action Discrimination Complaint Form (Submit completed form to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or designee – see list above)
  • File a criminal complaint (For assistance, contact someone on the above list)
  • Report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or Campus Police (Does not mean you must file criminal charges as well)

NOTE: The College is required to investigate all sexual violence allegations, even when no formal complaint is filed and/or the victim elects not to participate in the investigation.

Important Contacts and Resources for sexual violence victims

If you believe you are, or have been, a target of sexual harassment or sexual violence, the College urges you to contact our Learning Support Counselor who can speak with you about your situation in a confidential manner.

Download a list of contact people and resources

Sexual Violence – Victim’s Rights & Information

Know Your Rights under Title IX

Nine things you should know about your Title IX rights and GCC’s Title IX responsibilities.

  • Title IX is a landmark federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. In addition to equal opportunities in athletic programs, Title IX also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence.
  • Title IX does not apply to female students only. Male and gender non-conforming students are protected too.
  • Schools must take immediate action to ensure that the complainant-victim can continue their education free of ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence.
  • GCC has an established procedure for handling complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic and sexual violence, and stalking.
  • GCC can issue a no contact directive under Title IX to prevent the accused student from approaching or interacting with the complainant.
  • GCC cannot discourage survivors from continuing their education. Students who report violations have a right to remain on campus and have every educational program available to them.
  • In cases of sexual violence, GCC is prohibited from encouraging or allowing mediation of the complaint.
  • GCC may not make students pay the costs of certain accommodations that they require in order to continue their education after experiencing discrimination, harassment or sexual violence.
  • Title IX provides rights to Pregnant and Parenting students. Examples include excused absences due to pregnancy or childbirth that are medically necessary, return to the same academic status as before medical leave, and the opportunity to make up missed work.

Want to know more about your IX here at GCC? 

Contact Joan Murphy, Title IX Coordinator, South 424, (413)775-1312,  murphyj@gcc.mass.edu

What to do if you believe you have been discriminated against

Any employee or student, or applicant for employment or admission, who believes he/she has been subjected to Prohibited Conduct as defined under Affirmative Action Plan  can file a complaint.  The person or organization filing the complaint need not be the victim of the alleged discrimination but may be affected by a general hostile sexual environment or complain on behalf of another person or group.

If you believe you are, or have been, a target of discrimination, the College urges you to contact Joan D. Murphy, Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Executive Director of Human Resources, (413) 775-1312, murphyj@gcc.mass.edu.

How and where to file a complaint

Complaints should be filed directly with the Affirmative Action Officer or Title IX Coordinator. Conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct may be shared with relevant administrators if the Campus needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.

Anyone on the list below can assist you with filing a complaint of any type.

Title/Area of Expertise Contact/Location Phone Alt. Phone
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator

Executive Director of Human Resources

Joan Murphy/S424 (413)
775-1312
(413) 775-1314
(HR Staff Assistant)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Dean of Students

Anna Berry/C103A (413)
775-1868
(413) 775-1339
(Advising Center Admin. Assistant)
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Associate Dean of Student Development
Resource for Students in Recovery

Judy Raper/E101 (413)
775-1819
(413) 775-1201
(Student Development Assistant)

In addition to the above complaint process, if you believe you have been subjected to discrimination you may file a formal complaint with the governmental agencies set forth below. Filing a complaint under this Policy does not prohibit you from filing a complaint with these agencies. Each of the agencies has a short time period for filing a claim (EEOC – 300 days; MCAD -300 days).

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)  One Congress Street 10th Floor,  Boston, MA 02114   (617) 565-3200

The Office For Civil Rights (“OCR”) U.S. Department of Education John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse,  Room 222 Boston, MA 02109  (617) 223-9662

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) Boston Office:  One Ashburton Place Rm. 601, Boston, MA 02108   Worcester Office: Worcester City Hall  484 Main St., Rm. 320  Worcester, MA 01608.

Greenfield Community College’s Annual Security Report is available online here. The report contains crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years for certain locations associated with the College as well as other campus security and personal safety topics such as:  crime prevention; campus safety authority; crime reporting polices; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications)’ programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; and other matters of importance related to security on campus.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Annual Security Report, you can stop by the Public Safety Office or Human Resources at One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 413-775-1212 (Public Safety) or 413-775-1314 (Human Resources) or by emailing PublicSafety@gcc.mass.edu.