Message from the President
August 14, 2020
Dear Members of the Suffolk Community,
On May 6, the US Department of Education (DOE) issued new Title IX regulations. Colleges and universities across the country were required to review existing policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment, including sexual assault, and to make necessary changes in advance of today’s deadline.
Suffolk remains committed to fostering a safe environment that supports its educational mission and is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community that is free from all forms of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. Despite the changes we have been compelled to make by the DOE, the University will go beyond the minimum requirements stipulated by the new regulations and continue to address the same level of conduct that was addressed under our prior policy. To do so, we have included in our new Nondiscrimination Policy a Sexual Harassment section that addresses the new regulations and for conduct that falls outside of the new regulations, we will continue to address that conduct with the Sexual Misconduct section of the new Policy.
We are grateful to everyone who worked to develop our new policy. Over the course of just two months the University Title IX Office, Office of General Counsel, and our Web department completed this task. Despite the time pressure, they consulted with advisory groups and community members who generously offered their perspectives and provided key input on decisions related to the new regulations. The result is a policy that will be revisited throughout the coming year to ensure that it is as effective and inclusive as possible, protects the rights of all involved parties, and of course remains compliant with federal regulations. Once you have had the time to review it, if you have thoughts or ideas, we encourage you to contact the Title IX Office to share them directly.
Title IX Coordinator/Director of Title IX & Clery Act Compliance
Special Advisor to President
Sheila M. Calkins, BSN, JD
Director of Title IX and Clery Act Compliance
13th floor, 73 Tremont Street
Suffolk University, consisting of its Boston and Madrid campuses, seeks to foster a campus environment that supports its educational mission and is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community that is free from all forms of Sexual Misconduct. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender and this policy prohibits specific forms of behavior that violate Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and/or all other applicable state and federal laws.
This Policy also reflects the University’s commitment to educate, counsel, and train all of the members of the University community about the nature of Sexual Misconduct, its impact on individuals and the University community as a whole, and the steps necessary to combat it. Sexual Misconduct is antithetical to the mission of the University and the values it espouses and will be responded to diligently and accordingly. Creating a safe campus environment and a culture of respect is the shared responsibility of all members of the University community, individually and collectively.