CARE: Campus Advocacy Resource and Education site
for the Prevention and Reporting of Sexual Assault and Violence
As an academic institution dedicated to learning, discovery, and patient care, the UMMS Community strives to maintain a campus free of sex and gender-based acts of violence. Such acts are contrary to the mission and values of our institution and are forms of educational discrimination that are prohibited under Title IX.
The CARE website is a resource designed to help UMMS Community members become better informed about recognizing, preventing and responding sexual assault and violence should it occur on our campuses. Get informed, get support or help, or learn who to contact in order to report sexual misconduct that occurs on campus, in educational settings, or in UMMS residential areas.
Know UMMS Policies and Procedures:
Title IX Policy
Consensual Amorous Relationships
Appropriate Treatment of Students
Student Codes of Conduct (all Schools and GME) (PDF)
EAP (Faculty and Staff)
House Officer Counseling Services (UMMS GME Residents only)
Student Counseling Services
Worcester County Victims Assistance: (508) 792-0214
Worcester Intervention Network (WIN) - a partnership between Daybreak and the domestic violence unit of Worcester Police: (508) 799-8610
Pathways for Change (formerly Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts): 1-800-870-5905 (staffed 24 hours/ 7 days a week)
Infolink-National Victim Resource Line: 1-800-FYI-CALL
Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE
Safelink (Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline): 1-877-785-2020
UMASS Memorial Health Care
Student Health Services
Employee Health Services
URL http://inside.umassmed.edu/Biosafety/Employee-Health-Services/ (login required)
St. Vincent’s Hospital
Contact Title IX Officers:
Title IX Administrator, Carla Carten, PhD
Deputy Title IX Administrator, Jesse Edwards,
Worcester Police Department
Attorney General's Office Victim Compensation Division: (617) 727-2200
Worcester County District Attorney: (508) 755-8601
Important Terms and Definitions
A report of conduct in violation of UMMS policy made to a UMMS official.
Complainant (also Reporter):
The individual(s) who have experienced or witnessed a violation of UMMS policy.
A romantic or sexual relationship in which consent for communication or contact of a sexual nature has been given without threats, coercion or physical force.
Permission for communication and/or contact of a sexual nature given freely, actively and knowingly using mutually understandable, unambiguous words or actions. A person is unable to give consent when incapacitated, threatened verbally or physically, or threatened with job or course grade or evaluation consequences for not agreeing to a sexual act or tolerating sexual harassment.
All students, faculty, staff, post docs, residents, volunteers and guests must report any sexual misconduct involving minors (individuals under the age of 18).
The individual who must answer to a claim of sexual discrimination, harassment, violence or any other violation of UMMS policy.
Responsible Employee (RE):
Designed employees with the authority to redress harassment and have the duty to report harassment or other types of misconduct to appropriate officials. Reporting to an RE provides notice to the school of possible misconduct. Also known as Campus Security Authority.
Action(s) targeted toward an individual(s) who, reasonably and in good faith, files a complaint, participates in the investigation or resolution of a discrimination or harassment complaint or otherwise demonstrates opposition to a discriminatory practice or policy.
Any conduct of a sexual nature directed at an individual due to their gender or perceived gender