Amherst’s Civil Rights and Title IX Office


T itle IX—part of a 1972 federal education law—prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination. Amherst College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Tracy Kennedy

Tracy Kennedy will serve as the Interim Director of Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator over the next eight weeks. 

She comes to Amherst from Sanghavi Law Office, LLC, with experience working in institutions of higher education.  Most recently, Tracy served as the Director of Title IX Initiatives/Title IX Coordinator at the College of the Holy Cross.  In this role, Tracy oversaw the College’s compliance with Federal and state statutes, regulations, and case law relative to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), including but not limited to coordinating the College’s review, investigation, and resolution of alleged misconduct that implicated the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, in accordance with applicable policies.  

Laurie Frankl

Laurie Frankl is the Director of Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator.  She will be on leave for the next eight weeks. 

The Civil Rights and Title IX Office is located at:

79 S Pleasant Street; Suite 120 

Tracy works remotely some days. You can contact the office at 



Title IX Training Registration

Reporting a Title IX Concern

  • Emergency Response
    • Amherst College Police Department, 413-542-2111
    • Amherst (Town) Police, 413-259-3000
  • Confidential resources for students
    •  On-campus:
  • Health Services, 413-542-2266
  • Counseling Center, 413-542-2267
  • Religious & Spiritual Life Advisor, 413-542-8489
  • Off-Campus:
    • Center for Women and Community, 413-545-0883
    • University Health Services UMass, 413-577-5128 
    • Cooley Dickinson, 413-582-2000  
    • Safe Passage, 413-586-5066
  • For Employees:
    • Employee Assistance Program - New Directions, 800-624-5544
    • Ombudsperson, Larry Hunt, 413-542-5156  
  • Confidential Resource Provider, Dean Gendron, 413-542-2337
    • Dean Gendron is the College's Confidential Resource Provider. Dean can confidentially assist individuals by providing information about:
      • reporting options and the effects of each option;
      • counseling services available on campus;
      • relevant off-campus services and resources;
      • supportive measures at the College;
      • formal resolution processes available at the College;
      • the legal process carried out through local law enforcement agencies;
      • information about requesting assistance through the courts, such as Abuse Prevention Orders and Harassment Prevention Orders; and
      • information about College-issued no contact orders

Dean will not share information with others on campus unless you provide consent to do so.

Dean J. Gendron

Senior Associate Dean of Students  
Amherst College  
Pronouns: He/him/his  

Title IX Policy and Grievance Process

Investigation and adjudication of complaints 

Supportive measures