These procedures are designed to implement the University’s policies which require equal opportunity for all members of the University community and prohibit harassment of any member of the University community. Pursuant to Board of Trustees policies (Doc. T92-034 and T92-037), the University is committed to enforcing the requirements of applicable federal and state laws, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 151B of the Massachusetts General Laws.
Furthermore, it is the policy of theUniversity of Massachusetts to promote a University community that is free of harassment of any type, including sexual harassment. Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal or physical, that is based on a characteristic protected by law, such race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. The University will not tolerate harassing conduct that affects employment or educational condition or interferes unreasonably with an individual’s school or work performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or school environment.
Harassment of employees or students occurring on campus, in connection with work-related travel, and/or at University sponsored events will not be tolerated. Furthermore, retaliation against an individual who has complained about harassment or retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation of a harassment complaint is similarly unlawful and will not be tolerated.
The University takes allegations of harassment and violations of equal opportunity seriously and will respond promptly to complaints. Where it is determined that inappropriate conduct has occurred, the University will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and will impose corrective action as necessary, including disciplinary action where appropriate, which may include termination of employment or school-related discipline. Each campus is responsible for disseminating and enforcing the policy and procedures so that each member of the University community is aware of the policy and held responsible for his/her behavior.