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Discrimination and Harassment

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Hampshire College reaffirms its commitment to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment.

Hampshire College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, religion, national origin, disability, previous military service or any other protected category in the admission of students, employment, access or treatment in its programs and activities or the administration of its educational and employment policies.  Discrimination or harassment on the basis of these factors is in direct conflict with the mission of the College and strictly prohibited.

Hampshire College is strongly committed to building an inclusive environment and will not tolerate any actions of any individual or group that violate this Policy.

Hampshire College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicable federal and state laws and guidelines are followed, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11357 of 1967; Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Discrimination & Harassment Policy
Discrimination and harassment are understood to comprise any one or more of the following actions and courses of conduct between persons:
  • Physically assaulting, or threatening to assault, any person because of the Protected Factors.
  • Causing any person to have reason to believe that by virtue of the Protected Factors or membership in one or more of the aforementioned groups they will be prevented from pursuing a chosen activity.
  • Making written or oral statements designed to produce in members of the aforementioned groups fear for their physical safety or fear that freedom of movement or expression would be restricted; or making written or oral statements that can reasonably be supposed to have this effect. Threatening language is expressly prohibited.
  • Directing at an individual or person, present or absent, language that grossly offends or insults such individual or groups on the basis of the Protected Factors.
  • Denying academic, social, recreational, housing, employment, health service, or other College opportunity or service on the basis of the Protected Factors, or any action or statement that might lead any member of any such group to reasonably expect that access to such opportunities or services might be denied to them on such a basis.
  • Retaliating against any person who is participating in any complaint involving discrimination or harassment.
  • Using different standards of evaluation for academic work, suitability for employment or promotion, or job performance because of the Protected Factors.
  • Any similar actions designed to degrade, insult, threaten, or harm one or more members of the aforementioned groups, or which can reasonably be expected to have these effects.
With regard to language used in classrooms and other teaching/learning contexts, at the same time that we stress that unreasonable constraints on either scholarship, academic freedom (of teachers and learners), and creative work would be chilling in an academic environment, individuals weighing the use of offensive language for an ostensible educational or creative purpose should proceed with care.
 
The chief diversity officer has been designated to serve as the College’s Title IX Coordinator.  A team staff members have been designated to serve as Title IX Deputy Coordinators. These team members include the director for student conduct, rights and responsibilities, the associate vice president for human resources,  the assistant director for human resources, and an OPRA coach and instructor Whenever a member of the community (student, staff, or faculty) believes their rights in relation to gender and/or sex have been violated, said person is encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Deputy Coordinators, below, to discuss their options under this policy and College procedures. Complaints involving alleged violations of this policy shall be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator or, for complaints by Hampshire College students involving conduct or actions of other Hampshire College students, to the Title IX Deputy Coordinators as described in this policy. The Title IX Deputy Coordinators shall keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of complaints submitted to the Title IX Deputy Coordinators and of the outcome of those complaints.
  • All complaints involving College faculty or staff conduct shall be submitted to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Shelly Ruocco, associate vice president for human resources; 413.559.5411 (sruocco@hampshire.edu).
  • Complaints by Hampshire College students involving conduct or actions of other Hampshire College students should be submitted to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator,  413.559.5412. Student complaints may also be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator, who will refer complaints to the appropriate Title IX Deputy Coordinator.
  • Complaints involving individuals who are not members of the College community shall be submitted to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Shelly Ruocco, associate vice president for human resources; 413.559.5411 (sruocco@hampshire.edu).
In cases involving complaints under this policy that also include alleged violations of the Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Policy that are submitted either under this policy or under the Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy Coordinators shall confer and determine the appropriate process.
 
Retaliation
The College will not tolerate retaliation against any individual either for bringing forth a complaint of discrimination/harassment or for participating in an investigation procedure. It is prohibited to engage, directly or indirectly, in any action or attempt to harass, intimidate, retaliate against, or improperly influence any individual, including third parties, associated with the student conduct process. For the College’s full definition of retaliation, please tclick the associated link.
 
External Resources
Individuals who believe they have been subjected to discrimination and harassment may also contact the following resources outside of the College:
 
Employees and students may bring complaints to:
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination 
One Ashburton Place, Room 601 
Boston, MA 02108 
617.994.6000
 
John F. Kennedy Federal Building 
Government Center Room 475 
Boston, MA 02203-0506 
800.669.4000
 
Students may also bring complaints to:
United States Department of Education 
8th Floor 
5 Post Office Square 
Boston, MA 02109-3921 
617.289.0111