The Title IX coordinator and deputy coordinators ensure prompt and equitable resolutions to all gender-based misconduct allegations.

If you have experienced discrimination, harassment or violence based on your sex or gender, please contact the Title IX coordinator or a deputy Title IX coordinator by phone, email, in person, or fill out a report online using the below link.

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Title IX Coordinator

Rebecca Edwards
(413) 748-3248
Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement
Flynn Campus Union, Suite 228
263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109
Preferred pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Sue Nowlan Dean of Students (413) 748-3922
Miriam Siegel Director of Human Resources (413) 748-3195
Kiki Jacobs Associate Director of Athletics/SWA (413) 748-3334
Camille Elliot Associate Director of Student Services, School of Professional and Continuing Studies (413) 748-3978

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Title IX ensures gender equity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender from all programs and activities at Springfield College. Title IX also protects students and employees against sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking (collectively “gender-based misconduct”).

Defining Terms

Complainant: The individual who has been the subject of prohibited conduct, regardless of whether that individual makes a complaint or seeks disciplinary action.

Consent: Consent must be informed, voluntary, and mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. Consent must be affirmative or enthusiastic; silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent to sexual intimacy cannot be inferred from previous sexual activity, prior sexual relationships, or consent to a different sexual activity. The person giving consent must be legally able to do so. Consent cannot be legally given if the consenter:

  • Has a mental, intellectual, or physical disability; or
  • Is under the legal age to give consent (16 years of age in Massachusetts); or
  • Is asleep, “blacked out,” unconscious, or physically helpless; or
  • Is incapacitated, including through the consumption of alcohol or drugs.

Hostile Environment: A hostile environment exists when sex-based harassment is sufficiently serious to deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s education or employment programs or activities. When considering whether conduct has created a hostile environment, Springfield College considers the conduct from the perspective of a “reasonable person,” measuring how severe, persistent, and/or pervasive the conduct is.

Incapacitation: The inability to make informed, rational, reasonable judgments and decisions, because the person lacks the ability to understand their decisions. If alcohol or drugs are involved, incapacitation may be measured by evaluating how the substance affects a person’s decision-making capacity, awareness, and ability to make informed judgments. The impact of alcohol and drugs varies from person to person; however, warning signs of possible incapacitation include but are not limited to slurred speech, unsteadiness, impaired coordination, inability to perform personal tasks such as undressing, inability to maintain eye contact, vomiting, and sudden change in emotion.

Respondent: The individual who has been accused of prohibited conduct.

Retaliation: Any adverse action, or attempted adverse action, against an individual (or group of individuals) because of their participation in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this policy, including individuals who file a third-person report. Retaliation can take many forms, including abuse or violence, threats, and intimidation. Any individual or group of individuals, not just a respondent or complainant, can engage in retaliation. Retaliation against a complainant may violate College policy and the law, even if the underlying complaint cannot be substantiated.

Third Party: Any individual who is not a student, faculty, or staff member.