The University prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in education, admissions, and access to or treatment in its programs, services, benefits, activities, and all terms and conditions of employment at the University in accordance with state and federal laws as amended including Title IX, Title VII, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Massachusetts anti-discrimination law. Any member of the University community who engages in discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in violation of the Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy may be subject to disciplinary or other action.
These Standards implement the Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy (the “Policy”) by delineating those provisions which the University System Office and each campus must include in their individual policies and procedures.
The Policy applies to the members of the University community, including all employees, students, applicants for admissions and employment, contractors, volunteers, and visitors. Campus policies and procedures may be more, but not less, restrictive than these Standards.
Unlawful discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation are defined in the Policy. For the purposes of the Policy, the definitions in the Policy as well as the following additional definitions shall have the following meanings and must be included in appropriate campus policies and included or referenced in appropriate complaint procedures, codes of conduct and any other campus procedures.
Each campus is responsible for developing clear and concise complaint procedures and for informing students, staff, faculty, and other campus visitors of these procedures and processes. The campus office responsible for investigating complaints must be publicized by multiple means, including but not limited to posting on campus websites, and be easily accessible in a variety of accessible formats for persons with disabilities.
Complaint procedures must include the following:
Investigatory procedures must include the following:
The procedures shall include a statement as to whether there is an appeal process and to whom it applies. Appeal processes must include the following:
The procedures shall include a statement as to whether sanctions or administrative action may be issued for violation of the University’s policies.