Office of Diversity and Equity

Information about filing a discrimination complaint

Last updated: August 18, 2022


Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU” or University”) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer, fully committed to the goal of providing equal opportunity and full participation in its educational programs, activities and employment without discrimination because of age, color, religious beliefs or association, gender/sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, race, sexual orientation, physical disability, including but not limited to blindness, learning disability or mental retardation, past or present history of mental disorder, or prior conviction of a crime, in accordance with state and federal laws. To that end, this statement of policy has been put forth to ensure that no qualified person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the university.

To file a complaint of discrimination, or for inquiries concerning the University’s Nondiscrimination Policy Statement, related laws and regulations for Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, please contact either:

Jesenia Minier, Chief Diversity Officer/ADA and Title IX Coordinator

Scott Towers, Pride Center Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator

University Hall (Midtown Campus), Room 200B, phone#: (203) 837-8444, TTY (203) 837-8284, or by email at


Discrimination Complaint Forms


WCSU Discrimination Complaint Form (Online Form new as of 8.18.2022)

        WCSU Title IX Complaint Form (Online Form new as of 8.18.2022)

WCSU Discrimination Withdrawal Form (PDF)

         WCSU Waiver of Representation Form (PDF)

WCSU Discrimination Complaint Procedures (PDF) (rev. 8.06.2020)


Protection from Adverse Action

All individuals shall be free from all restraint, interference, coercion or reprisal on the part of their associates, supervisors and all others in making any complaint or appeal, in serving as a representative for a complaint, in appearing as a witness, or in seeking information. The above principles apply with equal force after a complaint has been resolved. Should these principles be violated, the facts shall be brought to the attention of the Chief Diversity Officer by the aggrieved party, his/her representative or any person affected. The Chief Diversity Officer shall bring all such situations to the attention of the President for confidential discussion, review, the potential for early proactive intervention and appropriate action.

Individuals are advised of their legal options to file complaints with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, and any other agencies, state, federal or local, that enforce laws concerning discrimination.

Confidential counseling is also available. For more information, please contact Mrs. Jesenia Minier, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity & Equity, University Hall (Midtown Campus), Room 202B, telephone: (203) 837-8444, TTY (203) 837-8284, email:


Accreditation and Policy

Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU” or University”) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the university’s administrative staff. Individuals may also contact the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4531. Call (855) 886-3272, Fax (781) 425-1001 or email:

Accreditation by the New England Association has reference to the institution as a whole. In addition, the university is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Individual programs at the university are accredited by:

  • The Connecticut State Department of Education
  • The Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • The National Association of Schools of Music
  • The American Chemical Society
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The Council on Social Work Education


Rights Reserved Statement 

Students attending WCSU are required to familiarize themselves with this catalog. Primary responsibility for knowing and fulfilling all requirements rests with the individual student. The catalog in effect at the time of the student’s admission or readmission to a degree program governs degree requirements.  WCSU administration reserves the right, whenever advisable:

  1. to change or modify its schedule of tuition and fees;
  2. to withdraw, cancel, reschedule or modify any course, program of study, or degree or any requirement in connection with any of the foregoing.


Report Sexual Harassment/Misconduct

Jesenia Minier, WCSU Title IX Coordinator and Scott Towers, WCSU Deputy Title IX Coordinator, are responsible for oversee and monitor (in conjunction with other university affiliates) all Title IX programming, resources and services related to sexual harassment and violence, investigating all Title IX claims and filed complaints.

Fred Cratty, Chief Human Resources Officer, is responsible for investigating and monitoring all (employee-related) Title IX filed complaints.

Please review the below linked documents and webpage(s) on the following applicable Title IX policies:

CSCU Sexual Misconduct Reporting, Supportive Services and Processes Policy (PDF)(to be posted on or after 8.14.2020)

WCSU Title IX Complaint Procedures (PDF)(rev. 8.10.2020)

United States Department of Education Overview of Title IX Changes (PDF web link) (effective 8.14.2020)

If you wish to discuss a known concern or file a sexual harassment complaint, you may contact (either) Ms. Jesenia Minier, Title IX Coordinator or Mr. Scott Towers, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Diversity & Equity, University Hall (Midtown Campus), Room 200B, telephone: (203) 837-8444, TTY (203) 837-8284, email:


University’s Interpersonal Violence Policy

Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU” or “University”) asserts that all students have the right to be free from interpersonal violence such as stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment or assault. To treat all violence with the utmost seriousness, all non-confidential WCSU employees (including faculty) are required to submit an Anonymous Report Form when aware of any interpersonal violence; although student information will remain secure, it may be shared with the appropriate WCSU officials. Confidential, on-campus locations not required to report include the Counseling Center, Women’s Center, and Health Services. More information is available at

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