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Title IX and Affirmative Action

“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 of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities such as:

  • Admissions
  • Coursework
  • School-sponsored extracurricular activities
  • Athletics
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • Career Counseling
  • Lab and Clinical work

At MassBay Community College we celebrate the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here.

We acknowledge our responsibility to create and maintain an environment that affirms the diversity of people and ideas. We support and pursue a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve and the world in which we live.

MassBay Community College is in full compliance with all federal and state laws mandating universal access and equal treatment for all. For information and resources, please see the links below.

Affirmative Action

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Massachusetts Community Colleges


How to File a Complaint: Any individual considering filing a complaint to initiate an investigation of alleged unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence (including, sexual assault and stalking) pursuant to the Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity should contact the Director of Equity Compliance. The policies and procedures in filing a complaint are listed in the Policy on Affirmative Action (available above).

If you are unsure if you would like to file a formal report, please speak with a staff member in the Dean of Students or Equity Compliance Office to discuss options.

Complaint Form →

Submissions of this form are sent directly to the Director of Equity Compliance. Please know that upon submitting this form and prior to any investigation commencing, the Director of Equity Compliance (or deputy) will be in touch with the reporting party. Complaints may be submitted anonymously, but please know this may limit our ability to take action or investigate to the fullest extent possible.

Report Student Code of Conduct and Code of Conduct Violations

Link to MassBay Student Code of Conduct +
Conduct Violations Reporting Page →

ADA/504 COORDINATOR: A College employee assigned the responsibility for maintaining the College’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Alleged violations of the ADA or Section 504 shall be subject to the Affirmative Action Policy’s Complaint Procedure as administered by the Affirmative Action Officer.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICER (“AAO”): A College employee assigned the responsibility of administering the College’s Affirmative Action Policy.

TITLE IX COORDINATOR: A College employee assigned the responsibility for maintaining the College’s compliance with Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for administering the Affirmative Action Policy and its Complaint Procedure concerning all Title IX Offenses. There are also Deputy Title IX Coordinators designated to assist the Title IX Coordinator.

For questions regarding Affirmative Action, Title IX, ADA or other related matters, please contact the Director of Equity Compliance, Lisa MacDonald, via email at, or by phone at 781-239-3147.