Sexual Respect and Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

Saint Michael’s College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex; it provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct.

If at any point during your experience here you feel as though you are subject to discrimination, please come and tell us.

Saint Michael’s Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy

Saint Michael’s is committed to providing a safe and secure campus and workplace environment for all students, staff, faculty, and others who participate in Saint Michael’s programs. In accordance with the Saint Michael’s College policy, the Title IX Coordinator, in collaboration with Human Resources and Student Affairs, is responsible for facilitating the investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct and related retaliation complaints.

Title IX Coordinator

Catherine Welch, Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Students, oversees and provides leadership for the administrators who carry out investigations, the hearing officers, the appeal officers, and all compliance-related responsibilities and reporting. With Human Resources and Student Affairs, they lead efforts in relation to campus climate and gender and oversee education and training campus-wide on sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.

When should I contact the Title IX Coordinator?

Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator.

Contact the Coordinator if you:

  • Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual misconduct
  • Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a College investigation
  • Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected
  • Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation
  • Have questions about Saint Michael’s policies and procedures

For all matriculating students, if you have been victimized or you know of another who has been victimized, please contact the Assistant Dean on call at 802-310-3890 for assistance. This is an on call 24/7 position that will support you through this process. Additionally, you can contact Jeff Fontaine, Campus Investigator in Public Safety at 802-654-2864. Coordinators can also file a police report with the Saint Michael’s College Public Safety Department.


Conversations with the Title IX Coordinator are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators if the College needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration.

Confidential resources on campus include the clergy in Edmundite Campus Ministry and the nurses and personal counselors in the Bergeron Wellness Center.

Sexual Violence Resources & Information

What are your rights and options?

For more information, click here: Sexual Violence Poster