Enforcement Agencies

State and Federal Discrimination and Harassment Enforcement Agencies

In addition to the JWU policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, if a complainant believes they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, the complainant may contact the appropriate governmental agencies listed below. 

Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal anti-discrimination laws, including Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (codified as 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.). An individual can file a complaint with the EEOC anytime within 300 days from the allegedly unlawful conduct. There is no cost to file a complaint with the EEOC. The EEOC will investigate the complaint and determine whether there is reasonable cause to believe that sexual discrimination has occurred, at which point the EEOC will issue a Right to Sue letter permitting the individual to file a complaint in federal court.

Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, Customer Service Team
400 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100

This office may refer the matter to a regional Office for Civil Rights. Students may also refer to the Office for Civil Rights for more information.

Rhode Island

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA 02203
    • 617-565-3200
  • Rhode Island State Commission for Human Rights
    • 180 Westminster St., Third Floor, Providence, RI 02903-3768
    • 401-222-2661


  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • 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


  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • 100 SE 2nd St., Suite 1500, Miami, FL 33131
    • 800-669-4000
  • Florida Commission on Human Relations
    • 4075 Esplanade Way, Room 110, Tallahassee, FL 32399
    • 850-488-7082


  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • 303 East 17th Ave., Suite 410, Denver, CO 80203
    • 800-669-4000
  • Colorado Civil Rights Division
    • 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202-5143
    • 303-894-2997

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

Local Police Department

If the harassment involves unwanted physical touching, coerced physical confinement, or coerced sex acts, the conduct may constitute a crime. Contact the local police department.