The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Equal Opportunity Policies and Procedures

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The Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence

The Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence - prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based on protected status. This policy demonstrates the University's commitment to provide faculty, staff and students with an environment where they may pursue their careers or studies without harassment including sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, stalking, complicity, and retaliation. The policy provides definitions of what constitutes harassment and discrimination, as well as examples of these behaviors.


Procedures for Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking

While the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence demonstrates the University's commitment to provide faculty, staff and students with an environment where they may pursue their careers or studies without being sexually harassed, the Procedures for Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking detail how to file a sexual harassment grievance and the procedures involved once an allegation is filed.


Grievance Procedures

While the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence defines what constitutes a grievance alleging harassment and/or discrimination based on civil rights (protected status) violations, the Grievance Procedures detail how to file such a grievance and the procedures involved once an allegation is filed.


Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination Policy - defines the various types of discrimination and harassment that are prohibited on campus (protected status) and who is eligible for affirmative action in employment. The policy statement also contains a listing of applicable state and federal laws. 

Internal and External Dissemination of the Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination Policy - explains when and where the Equal Employment Opportunity Non- Discrimination Clause must be used and how the policy itself is disseminated, both internally and externally. 


Title IX Communications and Announcements to the Campus: