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Title IX and Affirmative Action

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 an institution of inclusiveness that recognizes, values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve and the world in which we live.

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and as stated in the full Policy of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity → (PAA):

 

Policy of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity →

ACCESSIBLE Policy of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity (Word doc will download) →

 

MassBay is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment for their students, employees, and other members of the College Community, which values the diverse backgrounds of all people. In addition, MassBay Community College is in full compliance with all federal and state laws mandating universal access and equal treatment for all.

The Board of Higher Education and the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of protected class(s)/classification(s) as follows:

  • Race
  • Creed
  • Religion
  • Color
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Genetic Information
  • Maternity Leave
  • Military Service
  • National Origin

Furthermore, MassBay strictly prohibits all forms of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. The PAA outlines the College’s policies and procedures on sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and retaliation towards those who report incidents of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. For more information on the definitions of each of these violations, please visit Definitions.

We want to make it clear to all community members that all forms of sex discrimination have no place on our campus and prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972:

 “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

Furthermore, MassBay is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal and effective access to all programs provided by the College in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Per the Colleges non-discrimination and accommodation for persons with disabilities section of the Affirmative Action Policy, it is illegal to discriminate against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. For the accessible version of the Policy, please click here: ACCESSIBLE POLICY ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & DIVERSITY (Word doc will download) →