The University of Massachusetts Amherst

About the Equal Opportunity Office (EO)

Bartlett Hall at UMass Amherst

The Equal Opportunity Office (EO) is located in 225 Bartlett Hall, Amherst, Massachusetts, 01003. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm and can be reached at (413) 545-3464 or by email:  equalopportunity@admin.umass.edu. The EO fax number is (413) 545-0802. Any of the information on the EO web site can be made available in alternate formats by contacting the EO Office.

The Equal Opportunity Office assists with the following:

  • Administers the University's internal discrimination grievance procedures and conducts investigations relative to affirmative action and equal opportunity complaints.

    The University has established a system of grievance procedures to address complaints of alleged discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy related condition(s), gender identity and expression, genetic information, political beliefs or affiliation, 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. University policy prohibits harassment of students and employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination. Grievants are encouraged to resolve complaints informally.The EO Office will work with the relevant parties and administrators to facilitate that process. Formal charges of discrimination should be directed to the EO Office located at 225 Bartlett Hall; (413) 545-3464. The University's Grievance Policy & Procedures are available online. Alternative formats may be obtained by contacting the EO office at (413) 545-3464 or by email to equalopportunity@admin.umass.edu. The EO Office assumes responsibility for implementation of this policy, and provides advice, assistance, and training on issues, including those related to sexual harassment. In addition, EO Office staff are available to conduct workshops and individualized training by request.
     
  • Administers the University's Sexual Harassment Policy & Procedures and provides advice and counsel to the campus community on all related issues.

    The University has a separate Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure to address complaints of sexual harassment, and provides both informal and formal methods for complaint resolution. Grievants are encouraged to resolve complaints informally.The EO Office will work with the relevant parties and administrators to facilitate that process. Concerns involving students would normally be addressed by the Dean of Students Office, under the Code of Student Conduct. Concerns involving employees would be normally be addressed by the EO Office. Formal charges of sexual harassment should be directed to the EO Office located at 225 Bartlett Hall; (413) 545-3464. The University's Sexual Harassment Policy & Procedures are available online. Alternative formats may be obtained by contacting the EO office at (413) 545-3464 or by email to equalopportunity@admin.umass.edu. The EO Office assumes responsibility for implementation of this policy, and provides advice, assistance, and training on all issues related to sexual harassment. In addition, EO Office staff are available to conduct workshops and individualized training by request. 
     
  • Title IX at UMass Amherst

    The University has created the Title IX Coordination Team to further evaluate, coordinate and address sexual harassment and sexual violence on our campus.  The Executive Director for Equal Opportunity, Débora Ferreira, is the chair of the Title IX Coordination Team and coordinates Title IX efforts on campus.  The team meets weekly to look at specific incidences of sexual harassment and sexual violence and to ensure that resources and responses are holistically coordinated across the University. The Title IX Coordination Team includes representatives from the following areas: the Equal Opportunity Office, the Center for Women and Community, the Department of Athletics, the Dean of Students Office, the Provost's Office, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, University Health Services, Residential Life, International Programs, the Center for Student Development, the UMass Amherst Police Department and the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program.

    Additionally, the Title IX Coordination Team ensures that Title IX education and training is provided on campus. The Title IX Education Advisory Group was established in 2014 by the chair of the Title IX Coordination Team and is tasked with the educational and training portion of the mission of the Title IX Coordination Team.
  • Conducts Training and Outreach

    The EO Office staff conduct workshops and provide training and outreach to the campus community regarding Title IX issues and issues of discrimination and harassment. The EO Office also conducts workshops for all new employees which is an introduction to the University policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment; examines ways to prevent harassment and discrimination from occurring and steps to take if it does occur. The EO Office also offers customized training to meet the needs of specific areas on campus, as well as provides one-on-one training by request.