Title IX and Affirmative Action Complaints

At STCC we foster a climate of purposeful inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. STCC values the diversity of humanity, a diversity which includes differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.

These beliefs and practices apply to all of the programs on campus: they inform all of our decisions, including our employment decisions and commitment to our community and collaborating partners.

Gender Identity/Expression

Every student and employee of the college shall be responsible individually and collectively for promoting and maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to learning and which embraces the accords of civility and of human dignity. The college regards discrimination on the basis of gender identity/expression to be inconsistent with the establishment of an atmosphere that supports the full engagement of students, faculty, and staff. Gender identity is an individual's personal sense of being male, female, or on the spectrum of gender (including those who identify as transgender, or are non-traditional in their gender identity). Gender expression includes external characteristics and behaviors of gender identity such as dress, mannerisms, speech patterns, and social interactions. STCC will take reasonable measures to prevent and discourage all acts of intolerance and harassment on the basis of gender identity/expression, and will investigate alleged harassment or discrimination and to affect a remedy or resolution when an allegation is determined to be valid.

Who Can File

Any employee or student, or applicant for employment or admission, who believes he/she has been subjected to Prohibited Conduct as defined under the Affirmative Action Plan.  The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination but may be affected by a general hostile sexual environment or complain on behalf of another person or group.

Complaints may be made in writing or orally. Complaints may also be filed in alternate formats from persons with disabilities, i.e. computer disk, audio tape, or in Braille.

Where to File

Complaints should be filed directly with the Affirmative Action Officer or Title IX Coordinator. Conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct may be shared with relevant administrators if the Campus needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.

Submit your complaint online:

STCC Affirmative Action Discrimination Complaint Form

or download and complete the following form:

Affirmative Action Complaint Form (PDF)

and email the document or hand deliver a printed copy to:

Kathryn C. Senie, J.D., Ed.D.
Director of Compliance
Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator
ADA Coordinator
Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), room 153

Mailing Address: One Armory Square, Suite 1, PO Box 9000, Springfield, MA 01102-9000

In addition to the above complaint process, if you believe you have been subjected to discrimination you may file a formal complaint with the governmental agencies set forth below. Filing a complaint under this Policy does not prohibit you from filing a complaint with these agencies. Each of the agencies has a short time period for filing a claim (EEOC - 300 days; MCAD -300 days). United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") One Congress Street 10th Floor Boston, MA 02114 (617) 565-3200. The Office For Civil Rights (“OCR”) U.S. Department of Education John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, Room 222 Boston, MA 02109 (617) 223-9662 Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination ("MCAD") Boston Office: Worcester Office: One Ashburton Place Worcester City Hall Rm. 601 484 Main St., Rm. 320 Boston, MA 02108 Worcester, MA 01608.

Human Resource Assistance with Filing

The College will offer accommodations for persons with disabilities and individuals who are Limited English Proficient and may need help to provide information, to participate in the investigation process or access immediate interim protective measures. Contact Human Resources at 413-755-4426.

Asistencia de Recursos Humanos para aplicar: El Colegio ofrecera comodidades para personas con discapacidades y personas con dominio limitado de Ingles y necesitan ayuda para proveer informacion, al igual que participar en el proceso de la investigacion o acceder medidas protectoras. Por favor de contactar Recursos Humanos al 413-755-4426

Annual Security Report

STCC has prepared the ASR report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Copies of STCC Annual Clery Report and may also be obtained at the Campus Police Department located in the Public Safety building, or by calling 413-755-4220. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from the Human Resources Office Building 16, Room 243 or by calling 413-755-4361.