College introduces new director of nondiscrimination initiatives and Title IX/504 coordinator
On Sept. 22, 2022, President Paula Johnson announced that Justin Bell is slated to join the College as the director for nondiscrimination initiatives, Title IX coordinator, and ADA/Section 504 coordinator. Bell will oversee policies including the sexual misconduct policy, policy against unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and the ADA/Section 504 grievance process. This grievance process allows anyone to appeal the denial of a requested disability accommodation or file a complaint on how an approved disability accommodation has or has not been implemented.
Updates on COVID policies
On Sept. 24, 2022, Dean Sheilah Shaw Horton announced that the College would hold a booster clinic on campus on Oct. 17. All students will be required to get the new booster. More information on the vaccine clinic will be shared by Health Services in the following weeks. Additionally, beginning Oct. 3, testing will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 to 4 p.m.
Orange Line reopens
The MBTA Orange line reopened on Sept. 19 after a month of shutdown. According to the T’s general manager Steve Poftak, workers made significant improvements during the month of closure, making more than 70 new Orange line trains available.
Boston Marathon adds nonbinary runner option to 2023 race registration
Nonbinary runners will be able to register for the 2023 Boston Marathon without the requirement to register in the men’s or women’s division. The 2023 race registration opened this month, and organizers have announced that runners can identify themselves as nonbinary on their applications. Since this is the first time the option will be available, organizers have not yet established qualifying times for nonbinary runners.