The University of Massachusetts Amherst

About the Equal Opportunity Office (EO)

Bartlett Hall at UMass Amherst

The EO Office located at 225 Bartlett Hall; (413) 545-3464 is responsible for investigating complaints arising out of the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence and the Title IX Policy & Procedures. 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 both policies, and provides advice, assistance, and training on all issues related to harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment under Title IX, and retaliation. In addition, EO Office staff are available to conduct workshops and individualized training by request. 

The Equal Opportunity Office assists with the following:

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

    The University has established a grievance procedure to address complaints of sexual misconduct, 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 misconduct, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination and sexual misconduct. Complainants are encouraged to resolve complaints informally. The EO Office will work with the relevant parties and administrators to facilitate that process. Formal charges of sexual misconduct, discrimination or retaliation should be directed to the EO Office located at 225 Bartlett Hall; (413) 545-3464. The University's Grievance 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 these issues. In addition, EO Office staff are available to conduct workshops and individualized training by request.
     
  • Administers the University's Title IX Policy & Procedures and provides advice and counsel to the campus community on related issues.

    The University has a separate Title IX Policy & Procedures to address complaints of sexual harassment as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR 106 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance (May, 2020). The Title IX Policy and Procedures provides both informal and formal methods for complaint resolution.

    William D. Brady is the university’s interim Title IX Coordinator. Reports or complaints of Sexual Harassment under Title IX should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Any person may report sex discrimination, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and other sexual misconduct including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, to the Title IX Coordinator whose contact information is provided below. A report to the Title IX Coordinator may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) via email, telephone number, mail or in person.*            

    Interim Title IX Coordinator

    William D. Brady
    Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer
    330 Whitmore Building
    181 Presidents Drive
    Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
    Tel: (413) 545-6124
    Click here to send an email - TitleIXCoordinator@umass.edu

    The EO Office located at 225 Bartlett Hall; (413) 545-3464 is responsible for investigating complaints arising out of the Title IX Policy & Procedures. 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 under Title IX. In addition, EO Office staff are available to conduct workshops and individualized training by request. 

  • 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.