Title IX & BU Policies
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Sex-based discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The law covers sex-based discrimination against students, faculty, and staff.
Boston University Title IX Team
To ensure compliance with Title IX, Boston University has appointed a University Title IX Coordinator as well as deputy coordinators for key offices and within all schools.
University Title IX Coordinator
Kim Randall, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity
View all Deputy Title IX Coordinators by Office/School
Office of the Provost
- Suzanne Kennedy, Assistant provost for Academic Affairs
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-8686
- Dale Robbins, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Judicial Affairs email@example.com / (617) 358-0700
- Katherine Kennedy, Director, Howard Thurman Center firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-4745
- Abby Myette, Associate Director, Student Activities email@example.com / (617) 353-3635
- Stacy Harris, Assistant Director, Disability Services firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-3658
- Katherine Cornetta, Assistant to the Dean, Dean of Students Office email@example.com / (617) 353-4126
- Shawna Altenburger, Assistant Director, South Campus
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-2102
- Corinna Cusson, Assistant Director, Warren Towers
email@example.com / (617) 353-3932
- Geraldine Falcon, Administrator, Fiscal and Operations
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-4380
- Paul Hughes, Assistant Director, The Towers
email@example.com / (617) 358-3100
- Yvette Lancaster, Assistant Director, Myles Standish Hall
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-3834
- Meg White, Assistant Director, 10 Buick St.
email@example.com / (617) 358-5800
- Jennifer Chadburn, Head Athletic Trainer firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-2746
- Bethany Ellis, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development email@example.com / (617) 353-4683
Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)
- Paige Curran, Director of Academic Enhancement (MED) firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 638-5148
- Gwyneth Offner, Director, M.A. Medical Sciences Program (GMS) email@example.com / (617) 638-8221
Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM)
- Dr. Joseph Calabrese, Assistant Dean of Students firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 638-4637
School of Public Health (SPH)
- Suzette Levenson, Assistant Dean for Admission & Finance email@example.com / (617) 638-5014
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
- Kerry Buglio, Director, CAS Academic Services (Undergraduates) firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-2400
- Laura Wipf, Graduate Services Administrator (Graduate students) email@example.com / (617) 353-2696
- Alexandra (Sasha) Adams, Director, Faculty Actions (Faculty/Staff) firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-2404
College of Fine Arts (CFA)
- Patricia Mitro, Sr. Assistant Dean for Enrollment email@example.com / (617) 353-3350
College of General Studies (CGS)
- Stacy Godnick, Associate Dean for Student Academic Life firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-2850
College of Communication (COM)
- Elizabeth Mehren, Journalism Professor email@example.com / (617) 358-5806
College of Engineering (ENG)
- Ruth L. Jean, Director, Undergraduate Programs firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-6447
School of Law (LAW)
- Elizabeth Cerrato, Assistant Dean for Administration email@example.com / (617) 353-3112
Metropolitan College (MET)
- David Hatch, Manager, MET HR firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 358-3166
Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (SAR)
- Molly McCarthy, Personnel Administrator email@example.com / (617) 353-4202
School of Education (SED)
School of Hospitality Administration (SHA)
- Abby Raspallo, Director, Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-3261
School of Management (SMG)
- Rachel Reiser, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs email@example.com / (617) 353-9720
School of Social Work (SSW)
- Dawn Beltran Martinez, M.S.W
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-3575
School of Theology (STH)
- Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning
email@example.com / (617) 353-3050
- Carl Kelley, Assistant Director, Administration and Finance/CELOP
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-9760
- Debbie Miller, Associate Director, Enrollment, Study Abroad
email@example.com / (617) 353-9888
- Roberta Turri Vise, Managing Director of Operations, Global Programs
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-2963
- Denise Mooney, Associate Vice President, Enrollment & Student Affairs
email@example.com / (617) 353-9814
- David Backus, Director, Finance and HR Administration
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-5318
- Carolyn Brownawell, Executive Director of HR (CRC)
email@example.com / (617) 353-4720
- Boris Lazic, Director of HR (BUMC)
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 638-4610
Department of Military Services
- Master Sergeant Dan Pena, Army ROTC
email@example.com / (617) 353-4025
- Air Force ROTC – VACANT
Development & Alumni Relations
- Christina Loring, Associate Director, Annual Giving
firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 358-1187
BU’s Responsibilities Under Title IX
Title IX requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to complaints of all kinds of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. Universities must take immediate action to eliminate the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. BU is committed to promptly investigating the circumstances of a complaint to determine what occurred, ensure complainant safety, and provide remedies. Regardless of whether a complainant files a criminal action, BU will undertake its own investigation of the circumstances of the complaint.
Boston University has several policies that address sexual misconduct:
- Sexual Misconduct and the Judicial Process Policy: Applies to complaints of sexual misconduct brought against students. This policy defines key terms, gives examples of covered conduct, discusses confidentiality, and provides guidance on reporting sexual misconduct.
- Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy: Prohibits discrimination, including discrimination based on sex/gender.
- Sexual Harassment Policy: Prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and provides examples of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment.
- Complaint Procedures in Cases of Alleged Discrimination and Harassment: Describes procedures for addressing and resolving complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
- Workplace Violence Prevention Policy: Prohibits violent behavior, physical attacks, verbal or physical threats of violence, physical intimidation, and stalking and property damage, and describes procedures for reporting such situations.
- Policy on Consensual Relationships with Students: Applies to relationships between students and the faculty, staff, or other affiliates who supervise students.
If the offender is a student, the University may impose disciplinary sanctions. Persons seeking to file a complaint should contact:
- Dean of Students Office | 617-353-4126
- Title IX Coordinator Kim Randall | 617-353-9286
- Boston University Police Department | 617-353-2121
In cases involving rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, several additional provisions apply, including:
- The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a University disciplinary proceeding.
- Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any University disciplinary proceeding alleging a sexual assault.
- Boston University will assist student victims who need to make changes in their academic schedules or living arrangements, provided these changes are reasonable.
The University sanctions that may be imposed following the final determination of a University disciplinary procedure include suspension and expulsion from the residence system and/or the University for students, and up to and including termination for employees.
Under Mass. G. L. ch. 209A, a person suffering abuse from a family or household member may seek a restraining order. Abuse includes attempting to cause or causing physical harm; placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm; or causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat, or duress. The term “family or household members” includes individuals who “are or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship” as determined by the Court. The Boston University Police Department (617-353-2121) can assist members of the University community who seek a restraining order or other protection offered through the Massachusetts Courts.
Assault and battery are crimes under Massachusetts law. Mass. G. L. ch. 265, Section 13A. An individual convicted of a second or subsequent incident of assault on a family or household member (as defined in Section 209A, above) may be subject to greater sanctions, including up to five years in state prison. Mass. G. L. ch. 251, Section 13M.
Under Massachusetts law, a person who (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, shall be guilty of the crime of stalking. Mass. G. L. ch. 265, Section 43. The conduct may include threats made by electronic communications such as email, text messages and the like. Stalking may be punished by up to five years in state prison. A person who commits the crime of stalking in violation of an order issued pursuant to Mass. G. L. ch. 209A (among others) shall serve a mandatory minimum of one year in a house of corrections or state prison. A person convicted of a second incident of stalking shall serve a mandatory minimum of two years in a house of corrections or state prison.
Under Massachusetts law, a person who 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 that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, shall be guilty of the crime of criminal harassment. Mass. G. L. ch. 265, Section 43A. The conduct may include communications by electronic means, including email, text messages and the like. Criminal harassment may be punished by up to 2½ years in a house of corrections. A person convicted of a second incident of criminal harassment may be punished by serving up to 10 years in state prison.