The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Equal Opportunity Policies and Procedures

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The Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence

 The University's 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.


Title IX Policies and Procedures

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released Title IX regulations with an effective implementation date of August 14, 2020. The new Title IX regulations define sexual harassment as 1) quid pro quo conduct; 2) unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is so “severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive” that effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity; and 3) includes statutory definitions of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Additionally, the Department of Education’s Title IX regulations require the adoption of new institutional process requirements regarding Title IX reports and complaints. The University’s Title IX Policy and Procedures apply solely to those report and complaints that fall within Title IX’s definition of sexual harassment. The University’s  Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence's definition of sexual misconduct applies to unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that may not be Title IX harassment.


Interim Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination 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 Interim Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Grievance Procedures detail how to file such a grievance and the procedures involved once an allegation is filed.


Affirmative Action, Non-Discrimination and Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The Affirmative Action, Non-Discrimination, and Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy Statement  - 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. The statement also contains the University’s Title IX statement of non-discrimination with the Title IX Coordinator’s contact information provided. 

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: