Internal and External Affirmative Action
and Nondiscrimination Policy Dissemination

The following procedures are in effect to provide internal dissemination of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Policy:

      • Personnel Manuals include a statement of affirmative action and nondiscrimination.

      • Nondiscrimination clauses are included in all union agreements; contractual provisions are included to guarantee that union agreements are nondiscriminatory.

      • Each department, division, school, and college receives a copy of the annual Affirmative Action Plan. To request a print/large print copy of this plan, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at (413) 545-3464. A copy of the Affirmative Action Plan and other affirmative action documents are also available at

      • The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office distributes the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Grievance Policy and Procedures and the Sexual Harassment Policy. All EO&D Policies and Procedures are available at

The University of Massachusetts Amherst disseminates its policy externally through the following procedures:

  • Recruitment sources are informed of the University's policy as requests are made to refer qualified women and minorities to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • An equal employment opportunity clause is incorporated in all purchase orders, leases, contracts and subcontracts. It appears on all communications external to the University.

  • All recruitment advertisements placed in outside publications (e.g. newspapers, journals, magazines or newsletters) carry a standard University of Massachusetts Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity statement, thus publicly disseminating our policy to a vast audience.

  • The Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Policy is included on the notice of Employment Opportunities, which is sent by the Employment Office on a weekly basis to minority and women's organizations, community agencies, agencies that serve veterans and the disabled, and other agencies concerned with employment opportunities.

  • Through requesting voluntary self-identification of protected group status as part of the employee application process, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, communicates the existence of its Affirmative Action Program.

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