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Sexual harassment/assault, intimate partner violence (also known as dating/domestic violence), and stalking are not only prohibited in the Curry College community, but are also violations of law. Curry College is committed not only to addressing these behaviors as the law requires, but also to the values and community action that are the spirit of these laws.
While these violations may be enforced on and off campus, the definitions and procedures for addressing these behaviors may vary. This section of our website addresses the relevant laws and Curry College policies.
Questions about this information should be directed to Curry College's Title IX Coordinator.
Some of the conduct prohibited by this policy may also constitute violations of the law. The following are definitions compiled from the Massachusetts General Laws applicable to certain relevant offenses.
Dating and Domestic Violence
Massachusetts law has no statutory definition of "dating violence" or "domestic violence," but there is a related crime of "domestic abuse" defined as: the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members: attempting to cause or causing physical harm, placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm; and causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat, or duress. Under this law, family or household members include people who are or were married, residing in the same household, related by blood or marriage, have a child together, or have a substantive dating or engagement relationship. See M.G.L. c. 209A, § 1.
There is no crime called "sexual assault" in Massachusetts; however, there are related crimes that constitute sexual offenses:
Under Massachusetts law, M.G.L., c. 265, §43, an individual engages in stalking if she/he: 1) willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress; and 2) makes a threat with the intent to place the person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.
Massachusetts does not have a specific definition for consent in this context. Instead, Massachusetts has several laws that define the age of consent and the additional penalties that attach if a person is under the age of 16 or 14. In Massachusetts, it is illegal to have sex under any circumstances with someone who is incapable of giving consent due to incapacity or impairment; incapacity or impairment may be caused by intoxication or drugs, or because a victim is underage, mentally impaired, unconscious, or asleep.
Title IX & Title IX Coordinator
"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
Curry College's Interim Title IX coordinator is Elizabeth Canning and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-979-3516. Her office is located in the King Building (55 Atherton Street).
Curry College affiliates, including third parties, can contact Elizabeth if they:
Inquiries about discrimination or harassment covered by Curry's policy may also be directed to:
U.S. Department of Education: Office for Civil Rights
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
JFK Building, Room 475
15 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA 02203
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108