Legal/Policy Resources

The resources in this section focus on how diversity is handled administratively at UMass Amherst. These are the departments and units that create or maintain our policies or monitor legal aspects of diversity on campus.

Disability Services provides services for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities so that they may successfully learn and work at UMass. Disability Services promotes the empowerment of people with disabilities and their full integration into campus life and the community.

The Office of Equal Opportunity (EO) oversees many aspects of equality and diversity on campus, including the internal discrimination grievance procedures, search processes, investigations relative to affirmative action and equal opportunity complaints, and the University Sexual Harassment Policy. It provides data, reporting, and training related to affirmative action and equal opportunity. 

The Status of Diversity Council shall make recommendations on all matters affecting the status of diverse populations and underrepresented communities on the campus, including such matters as
faculty, librarian and staff recruitment, retention, promotion and salaries, the recruitment, admission and retention of undergraduate and graduate minority students, granting of financial aid, and the
development of programs to reflect the needs of our diverse community. 

The Status of Women Council shall make recommendations affecting the status of women on the campus, including such matters as recruitment, promotion and salaries, the granting of tenure, the establishment of day care centers, the admission of undergraduate and graduate women students, the granting of financial aid, the development of programs for women whose careers have been interrupted by marriage or childbirth, and the availability and conditions of part-time work.

The International Programs Office (IPO) is the main resources for study abroad, international exchanges, and international student/faculty/researcher immigration questions.

THE OMBUDS OFFICE is a unique place where all current UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff can talk "off the record" about any campus concern, issue or conflict. The Ombuds staff works with visitors in a variety of ways to help them understand their options and resolve their concerns.

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,...

The Code of Student Conduct defines expected student conduct and describes disciplinary procedures and sanctions for misconduct. Protection of the student’s rights, including appeal procedures and mandated time limits, is provided. It is administered by the Dean of Students Office.

UMass Policies and Procedures are housed on the central, UMass Policies website.  Key policies as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion are summarized below.

People with disabilities at the university have the right to: equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities offered through the university; an equal opportunity to work and to learn, and to receive reasonable accommodations; appropriate confidentiality of all information regarding their disability and to choose to whom, outside the university, information about their disability will be disclosed, except as disclosures are required or permitted by law; information, reasonably available in accessible formats. People with...

The University of Massachusetts Amherst includes gender identity and expression in its nondiscrimination policy. The Stonewall Center's Trans Resource Guide is a comprehensive resource on campus policies as the relate to transgender students, including the campus's Bathroom Policy.


UMass Amherst is committed to offering quality services and support programs for student veterans, active military, and their families. The Office of Veteran's Services is your central resource for veterans' benefits and it is home to the Student Veterans Resource Center