Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination
The University of Massachusetts Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment. Furthermore, University policy includes prohibitions of harassment of students and employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.
Affirmative action in employment is required for women; racial and ethnic minorities; special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge had been authorized; and individuals with disabilities in order to address under-representation in the workforce.
Inquiries concerning applicable laws, regulations, and policies should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office, 243 Lederle Lowrise Building, main number and TTY (413) 545-3464; E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associate Chancellor for Equal Opportunity and Diversity, or designee, is also the Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the campus. This person will provide information about the University's obligations with respect to the provisions of nondiscrimination statutes including information about the requirement to provide program accessibility for persons with disabilities.
The University is committed to compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title I and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Executive Order 11246 (1965), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149, all as amended. Inquiries regarding federal laws may be directed to:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Dept. of Education
J.W. McCormack Bldg., Room 701,01-0061
Boston , MA 02109-4557
Telephone: (617) 223-9662
TTY: (617) 223-9695
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston , MA 02203
Telephone: (617) 565-3200 or 1-800-669-4000
TTY: (617) 565-3204 or 1-800-669-6820
Inquiries regarding state laws may be directed to: Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 436 Dwight Street , Room 220, Springfield , MA 01103 . Telephone: (413) 739-2145; TTY: (617) 994-9196.
Revised: January 2010