Title IX: Awareness and Education

Goodwin University recognizes that awareness and educational efforts are important tools in the prevention of gender-based and sexual harassment. The University engages in the following prevention initiatives:

  • The Gender-based and Sexual Harassment Policy and additional related policies are part of the faculty, staff and student handbooks.
  • The Director of Campus Safety and Security briefs all new students at orientation regarding security procedures at Goodwin University. All students are also made aware of the University's Emergency Response Instructions, which contains instructions to follow in the event that an emergency occurs. The Emergency Procedure Guide is posted in every classroom as well as in hallways/corridors.
  • The Title IX Coordinator provides information to students at orientation about the Gender-based and Sexual Harassment Policy and how to file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator. New employees are also given written information about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking when they are hired and during new employee orientation.
  • Goodwin University maintains a relationship with several key community partners, including the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence and East Hartford's Interval House.
  • The University observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, and Stalking Awareness Month in January. The University also hosts an annual Fresh Check Day where students and members of the community can connect with emotional and mental health support services.
  • Goodwin University sponsors events for members of the community centered on awareness and education of sex and gender equity issues, such as the University's sponsorship to see the production of the Vagina Monologues in February 2020.
  • In the Summer of 2020 Goodwin University's Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Student commissioned a group of individuals across the Goodwin Community to come together and engage in active prevention efforts against Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Dating Violence. This group consists of student, staff, and faculty members from various departments and meets on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Brochures and information on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are made available in key locations including the counselor's office, the Office of Student Affairs, and at the Office of the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Emergency phones can be found throughout campus.