Equal Opportunity

The 21st century brings far different issues than decades past. Equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws are in place to protect our society from acts of discrimination and harassment. Discrimination can occur on the basis of any one of the following categories: race, age, gender, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, reserves status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, retaliation or criminal record. The Protected Categories are defined on this webpage.

Employers are expected to provide working environments free from discrimination. The state and federal compliance agencies, EOOC and MCAD, interpret the application of these anti-discrimination laws. The EOO has the responsibility of applying these standards to its review of concerns and complaints of discrimination.

This website provides you with information on equal opportunity law, what constitutes discrimination and what you can do if you feel that you have been discriminated against. 

The Equal Opportunity Guidelines found at the links above relate to prohibitions of discrimination. In addition, there are other types of uncivil or disrespectful behaviors, not based on protected class, which are prohibited by the University of Massachusetts. The Principles of Employee Conduct (pdf) describes these expectations. 

Violation of any of the Equal Opportunity Guidelines or of the Principles of Employee Conduct will result in appropriate disciplinary consequences.

Supervisors have additional responsibilities regarding equal opportunity, preventing discrimination including sexual harassment and responding to concerns of discrimination and uncivil behavior. A supervisor is any employee who directs the work of others, including students. Thus all faculty are included in these responsibilities.

For information on filing an internal complaint, please contact Equal Opportunity and Outreach at 978-934-3565. Simply calling our office does not constitute filing a complaint. Please the the Equal Opportunity Compliant Procedure (pdf) for information about reporting a concern or filing a complaint of discrimination.

At any time, you may contact the following regarding filing an external complaint.

  • The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    John F. Kennedy Federal Building
    Boston, MA 02203
    TTY: 800-669-6820
  • The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
    One Ashburton Place
    Sixth Floor, Room 601 
    Boston, MA 02108
    TTY: 617-994-6196
  • Office for Civil Rights
    Boston Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    33 Arch Street, Suite 900
    Boston, MA 02110-1491
    TDD: 877-521-2172