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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 Quinsigamond Community College we honor and value 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. Quinsigamond 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 Dean for Compliance and Education. 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 or Compliance Office or Assistant Dean of students to discuss options. 

Submissions of this form are sent directly to the Dean for Compliance and Education. Please know that upon submitting this form and prior to any investigation commencing, Dean for Compliance and Education (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:


  • Affirmative Action Officer (“AAO”): A College employee assigned the responsibility of administering the College’s Affirmative Action Policy. For Affirmative action concerns please contact Sara Simms, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at 508.854.2757 or ssimms [at]
  • ADA/504 Coordiantor: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 or Compliance officer.
  • 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 Title IX, ADA or other related matters, please contact Liz Woods, Dean for Compliance and Education, via email at lwoods [at] or by phone at 508.854.2791

To learn more about Title IX and Affirmative Action Policies, visit the Student Handbook.