title ix

help for complainants

People who have experienced sexual harassment or assault can react in very different ways. It is not unusual to feel scared, anxious, sad, angry, numb, or confused. You may feel one of these feelings at one time or another, or all of these feelings at the same time. Every person will process their experience in their own way and at their own time.  

If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault, MCLA recommends the following steps to help you as you cope:

Go to a safe place and talk to someone you trust

As soon as you are in a safe location, talk to someone you can trust about the incident—like a family member, friend, or counselor. You can call the Elizabeth Freeman Center no cost 24-hour hotline at 866-401-2425, and you will be connected to a confidential advocate to help you think about next steps.

The most important thing is to talk with someone who can provide emotional support and help you make a plan.

Preserve all the physical evidence

If you have experienced sexual assault, avoid changing your clothing, bathing, showering, douching, brushing your teeth, drinking liquids, washing your hands or face, or combing your hair. If you change clothes, keep all of the items worn during the assault in a paper (not plastic) bag.

Seek Medical care

You may seek medical care at any time, but it is strongly recommend that you do so within 72 hours (three days) of an assault. A medical professional will examine you, provide appropriate medical treatment, and, if applicable, talk with you about the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.


Call 911

Berkshire Medical Center
725 North St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201


Click this link for more options: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/designated-sane-site-hospitals#western-ma-

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs provide trauma-informed, expert forensic nursing care to sexual assault survivors. They will assist you by treating any injuries and explaining options of taking medications to help prevent an assault-related pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) including HIV. You can also choose to be tested for STIs.

If the assault occurred within the past 5 days, you may also choose to have a medical forensic examination and forensic evidence collection kit (Kit) completed. While all emergency departments are trained to do a medical forensic exam and Kit, specific hospitals are designated as “MA SANE sites.” If you choose to receive care at a SANE site, a SANE will travel there to care for you when called by the hospital.

A medical forensic exam and Kit can be done whether or not you wish to report the assault to the police. If you are unsure, the Kit will be stored for at least 15 years during which time you can choose to report or not report.

A Rape Crisis Advocate will also come to the hospital to be with you and to offer services to help you going forward.

Don’t worry about remembering everything. When you get to a hospital, the SANE or emergency room provider can explain all of your options.

If the assault has occurred within 5 days, it is best if you do not shower, bathe, or change your clothes—even if you did, you can still have evidence collected and receive medical care, including emergency contraception, medication, and STI testing. If you have changed clothes, please bring the clothes you were wearing during the assault to the hospital with you.*

*Information taken from mass.gov


MCLA Health Services
MountainOne Wellness Center
First Floor

Berkshire Medical Center
North Campus
71 Hospital Avenue, North Adams

Seek counseling and mental health support 

For confidential counseling, please contact one of the following resources:

Campus Resources:

MCLA Counseling Center
MountainOne Wellness Center
Second Floor

Local Resources:

The Elizabeth Freeman Center
866-401-4225 (24-hour hotline)
61 Main Street, Suite 202, North Adams
43 Francis Avenue, Pittsfield

The Brien Center
124 American Legion Drive, North Adams
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 800-252-0227

Massachusetts and National Resources:

The National Stalking Resource Center

RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network)
www.rainn.org (On-Line Live Chat)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

MA Spanish Language Rape Crisis Center Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line for People of Color
Text STEVE to 741741

The Trevor Project LGBTQ Suicide Hotline

Trans Lifeline

Our Deaf Survivors Center
VP 978-451-7225
Text 978-473-2678


Consider your reporting options

Reporting prohibited conduct to law enforcement or to the Title IX Coordinator is a deeply personal choice that only you can make. You have the right to not make a report if you believe that is the best choice for you. However, MCLA strongly encourages you to report an incident of sexual misconduct because it is the only way that the College and/or law enforcement can take action. Reporting the incident and having a medical examination performed within seventy-two hours are helpful steps in preserving evidence which can help in an investigation, but you may report an incident at any time.

MCLA Title IX Staff

MCLA Title IX Coordinator

Patrick Connelly
Dean for Title IX, Equal Opportunity, and Student Wellness
Office Location: Amsler Campus Center - Room 105 
Phone: 413-662-5127
Email: patrick.connelly@mcla.edu  
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

MCLA Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

April Wright
Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs
Office Location: 3rd Floor of the Campus Center
Phone: 413-662-5231
Email: April.wright@mcla.edu

Laura Mooney
Director of Athletics
Office Location: Campus Center 101C
Phone: 413-662-5411
Email: Laura.mooney@mcla.edu

Barbara Chaput
Director of Human Resources and Payroll
Office Location: Eldridge Hall - Suite 209-210
Phone: 413-662-5599
Email: Barbara.chaput@mcla.edu

Reports to MCLA Title IX staff is private, but not confidential. This means that the information you share may be shared with other individuals on a need to know basis in order to provide supportive measures and/or to facilitate the investigation and resolution process.

MCLA Law Enforcement

MCLA Department of Public Safety/Campus Police
Location: 277 Ashland Street

Reports to MCLA Campus Police is non-confidential and subject to disclosure under applicable Massachusetts laws.

In the case of an emergency, please call 911.

Prepare yourself to engage in the Mcla administrative investigation and resolution process, and/or with Law enforcement

You are entitled to have an advisor of your choice during the complaint investigation and resolution process.

For the live hearing, you are required to have an advisor present to ask questions on your behalf. If you do not have an advisor, you can contact the Title IX Coordinator to request that MCLA provide you with an advisor at the hearing at no cost to you.


Help for Complainants

Help for Respondents

Support & Interim Measures

File a Formal Complaint

Title IX Procedure


Information for Managers and Supervisors

Equal Opportunity

Title IX Personnel Training Information

MCLA Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Plan

Questions? Contact Us

Patrick Connelly
Dean for Title IX, Equal Opportunity, and Student Wellness
Office Location: Amsler Campus Center - Room 105F
Phone: 413-662-5127
Email: patrick.connelly@mcla.edu
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247