Title IX

Johnson & Wales University is committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning, living and working environment for all members of our community, free from all forms of unlawful harassment, retaliation and discrimination. JWU prohibits and will not tolerate sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct.

The university’s Title IX Policy & Procedures (collectively, “Policy”) prohibits discriminating against students, faculty, or staff based on sex in any of its programs or activities. The university prohibits sexual harassment (defined to include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking and retaliation for reporting any such alleged conduct).

The university has designated a Title IX Coordinator to monitor the university’s compliance with Title IX and respond to reported conduct of possible discrimination. An individual who has questions or concerns about Title IX related issues should contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Contact Us

Matthias Rubekeil, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator

Matthias Rubekeil is the Title IX Coordinator at JWU. As a neutral resource to all JWU community members, he oversees the university’s Title IX compliance efforts. He joined JWU in 2014 and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Contact Information:
91 Friendship Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-598-2703


JWU has adopted a Title IX Policy and Procedures (collectively, “Policy”) that prohibits sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting any such alleged conduct. Community members are expected to understand and regularly review the Policy which may be updated from time to time. The Policy will control in the event there is a conflict between the information provided on the website and in the Policy.

Read the policy (381K PDF)

Reporting Options

JWU encourages all individuals to promptly report any potential violations of this Policy. Individuals have several reporting options, such as reporting to law enforcement or the university, including reporting to the Title IX Coordinator, Campus Safety & Security (CS&S), or other university officials as noted in the Policy. An individual may choose to report only to one of the foregoing or may choose not to report at all.  

Reporting to Law Enforcement 

Individuals who believe that they are the victim of a crime involving sexual harassment (like sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), are strongly encouraged to contact law enforcement authorities and file a criminal complaint or contacting local police. A report to law enforcement is separate from a report to the university. JWU CS&S will assist with notifying law enforcement authorities, if so desired. However, individuals are not required to seek out assistance from law enforcement authorities.  

Emergency: 911
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department (non-emergency line): 704-336-7600

Emergency 911
Providence Police Department (non-emergency line): 401-272-3121
East Providence Police Department (non-emergency line): 401-435-7600
Warwick Police Department (non-emergency line): 401-468-4200
Cranston Police Department (non-emergency line): 401-942-2211
Massachusetts: Rehoboth Police Department (non-emergency line): 508-252-3722

Reporting to JWU

Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator
Individuals who would like to pursue the university grievance procedures outlined in the Policy or who would like to seek additional information about the university’s procedures should contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Reporting to CS&S
Individuals may also report to JWU’s CS&S. CS&S is available 24/7/365 and works closely with the university’s Title IX Coordinator to appropriately address reports of sexual harassment.

Providence Campus Safety & Security
264 Weybosset St., Providence, RI
401-598-1103 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Charlotte Campus Safety & Security
Cedar Hall South, Suite 113
980-598-1900 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Reporting Anonymously
Individuals may make a report about conduct covered by this Policy without disclosing their name by using the online form

Individuals may also call 833-JWU-LINE to report. This line is not equipped with CallerID features. Individuals should note that an anonymous report might limit the university’s ability to respond to the allegations.


Confidential On-Campus Resources

JWU has confidential resources who are not required to share any information provided to them by an individual unless the individual gives them express permission or as otherwise permitted or required by law. These resources are available for complainants and respondents. Individuals should direct any questions about the confidentiality status of an individual to the Title IX Coordinator.

Resources for Students

On campus, Korina Ramsland Short and Michael Waugh have been designated by the university to serve as confidential resources for students.

Students may also seek out JWU employees in Counseling Services and Health Services for support. These employees serve in a professional capacity that provides them confidential status under the law.

Providence Campus:

Korina Ramsland Short
Director of Gender Equity, Bridge for Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

Michael Waugh
Director of Bridge for Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

Counseling Services 
Wales Hall, second floor, 401-598-1016 
Appointments are available. In case of an emergency, the on-call counselor is available after hours by calling 1-888-222-4805 or through Campus Safety & Security (401-598-1103). 

Health Services 
Harborside Campus: 401-598-1151, Harborside Academic Center 
Downcity Campus: 401-598-1104, Wales Hall, third floor 

University confidential resources may provide non-identifying information to be counted for the Annual Security Report.

Resources for Employees:
Employees may contact the university’s employee assistance provider, Coastline EAP, at 401-732-9444 or 800-445-1195.

Community Resources:
Women’s Resource Center: RI Victims of Crime Helpline 

  • 1-800-494-8100 (24-hour) 

Day One provides services to help and inform victims of sexual violence, including assistance when moving through the prosecution process, if desired, and counseling services for sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking. 

  • 401-421-4100 (Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm) 

Mass. Safelink  

  • 1-877-785-2020 (24-hour) 

Dating and domestic violence services (including criminal justice and protective order advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, safety plans, counseling, education and/or policy) are available at the following member agencies of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Violence Recovery Program (VRP)  at Fenway Community Health (Boston, Mass.) provides counseling, support groups, advocacy and referral services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking.

  • 617-927-6250 (Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm) 

Information regarding how to obtain a temporary restraining order in the State of Rhode Island may be found online and by visiting or calling the Restraining Order Office for Providence County, Garrahy Judicial Complex, 1 Dorrance St., second floor, Providence, RI, 401-458-3372. After business hours, on weekends or during holidays emergency restraining orders can be obtained at your local police department. 

National Sexual Assault Hotline 

  • 1−800−656-HOPE (4673) (24-hour) 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (24-hour) 

The National Stalking Resource Center provides online tools and information for victims of stalking, and links to local resources nationwide. 

Text “loveis” to 1-866-331-9474 to text with an advocate via loveisrespect for support and information regarding dating violence. You can also visit loveisrespect.org/for-yourself/contact-us for more information.

Medical Assistance
Please note that victims of sexual assault may request a specifically-trained sexual assault nurse examiner at each of the following hospitals: 
Women & Infants 101 Dudley St., Providence, R.I., 401-274-1100
Rhode Island Hospital 539 Eddy St., Providence, R.I., 401-444-4000
Kent Hospital 455 Tollgate Road, Warwick, R.I., 401-737-7000
Roger Williams Medical Center 825 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, R.I., 401-456-2000
Morton Hospital 88 Washington St, Taunton, MA, 508-828-7000
Sturdy Memorial Hospital 211 Park St, Attleboro, MA, 508-222-5200

You may reach these medical providers by bus (RIPTA/MBTA) or rideshare services. The university does not pay for transportation. 


Charlotte Campus

For students to obtain confidential on-campus services 

Counseling Services
Cedar Hall South, Suite 102
980-598-1710 (by appointment, 8:30am-4:30pm) 

In case of an emergency, the on-call counselor is available after-hours through Campus Safety & Security (980-598-1900). 

Health Services
Academic Center, second floor

University confidential resources may provide non-identifying information to be counted for the Annual Security Report.

For employees to obtain confidential counseling services 

Employees may contact the university’s employee assistance provider, Coastline EAP, at 1-800-445-1195. 


Safe Alliance provides victims of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking with information, advocacy, counseling, shelter, referral and support services. 

  • 980-771-hope(4673)

Information regarding protective orders can be obtained at the Victim Assistance Office, 720 E. 4th St., Room 204, Charlotte, N.C., at 704-336-4126, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (24-hour) 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (24-hour)

The National Stalking Resource Center provides online tools and information for victims of stalking, and links to local resources nationwide. 

Text “loveis” to 22522 to text with an advocate via loveisrespect for support and information regarding dating violence. You can also visit loveisrespect.org/for-yourself/contact-us for more information.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC): The DVAC is a group of professionals and volunteers dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the community. csscommunications@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Medical Assistance

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to request a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the emergency department.

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Main 1000 Blythe Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, 28204, 704-355-2000 

Novant Medical Center 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28204, 704-384-5160

Formal Complaint

The Formal Complaint is a written document filed by the complainant online or with the Title IX Coordinator, requesting the university initiate the grievance process and begin an investigation of an allegation that sexual harassment occurred. In some instances, the Title IX Coordinator may sign a Formal Complaint. 

A Formal Complaint is different from a report of alleged sexual harassment. While a report allows a complainant to receive supportive measures, a Formal Complaint is required if the complainant wishes to initiate an investigation or pursue an informal resolution.  

You may file a Formal Complaint using this online form.

Training Documentation and Enforcement Agencies

Materials used to train the Title IX coordinator, investigators, adjudicators, appellate officers, and any persons who facilitate an informal resolution process with regard to sexual harassment, are made available here.

Thompson Coburn Video Training Modules (MP4 Format):

D. Stafford & Associates:

NASPA Title IX Training (1.5MB PDF)

NACUA Title IX Coordinator Training (6.3MB PDF)

Responding to Sexual Misconduct with Restorative Justice (2.8MB PDF)

Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Investigations (300K PDF)
Conducting Fair and Thorough Trauma-Informed Investigations (9.7MB PDF)

Corresponding SRT files:
Module 1 srt
Module 2 srt
Module 3 srt
Module 4 srt
Module 5 srt
Module 6 srt

Enforcement Agencies:

Individuals who wish to file a complaint regarding unlawful sex discrimination outside of the university or in addition to a complaint filed under JWU’s grievance procedures should contact the government agencies listed below:

Office of Civil Rights (OCR), US Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg.
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Telephone: 617-565-3200 or 800-669-4000

Rhode Island
Rhode Island State Commission for Human Rights, 180 Westminster St., Third Floor, Providence, RI 02903, 401-222-2661

Equal Employment Opportunity Commissio, John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203, 617-565-3200

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, One Ashburton Place, Sixth Floor, Room 601, Boston, MA 02108, 617-994-6000


North Carolina
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 129 West Trade St., Suite 400, Charlotte, NC 28202, 800-669-4000

NC Human Relations Commission, 116 W. Jones St., Suite 2109, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-807-4420

Mailing Address:
NC Human Relations Commission
1318 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1318