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Title IX

Mission Statement

Inform, Empower, Support

Otis College of Art and Design is an equal opportunity employer and educator, firmly committed to providing an environment in which people respect the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. Otis does not discriminate on the basis of sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, sexual identity or marital status in the administration of its student admissions, employment, access to programs, or administration of educational policies.

Sexual discrimination, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct, violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. Otis College considers sex discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties.

This prohibition against discrimination includes engaging in behavior that may:

  • Threaten the physical safety of any member of the community;
  • Create an educational environment hostile to any member;
  • Discriminate against another person or persons; or Inflict physical, emotional, or mental injury to, or provoke a violent response from a reasonable person.

Questions and/or concerns regarding this policy or believed instances of discrimination should be brought to any of the following individuals: Title IX Coordinator cbranch@otis.edu, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at nnegrete@otis.edu, or file an incident report at http://www.otis.edu/incident-reports


“No person in the United States, shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that may be included are admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects men and women students from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment; unwelcomed sexual advances; or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

The Student Handbook and Course Catalog (The Hoot)