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Introduction - Equal Opportunity Policy

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, or veterans status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

The University will regard freedom from discrimination and discriminatory harassment as an individual employee and student right which will be safeguarded as a matter of policy. Any employee or student will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy. Retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint of discrimination or harassment or who is involved in a complaint process will not be tolerated.

Questions and complaints about discrimination in any area of the University should be directed to the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, University of Maine, 5754 North Stevens Hall Room 101, Orono, ME 04469-5754, website http://www.umaine.edu/eo/ telephone (207) 581-1226 (voice and TTD).

Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure (Summary)

The University of Maine is committed to maintaining a respectful, fair educational and work environment, free from discrimination or harassment that violates our policy prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veterans status. The University of Maine has an Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure to deal promptly and fairly with concerns and complaints about discrimination or harassment. The procedure may be used by any student or employee who believes that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran status. Sex discrimination complaints alleging discrimination based on marital status, pregnancy, or parental status may also be raised through this procedure.

Anyone may bring information or a concern about discrimination or harassment to the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, University of Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, telephone: 581-1226. Any employee or student who feels that he or she has experienced discrimination or harassment, and anyone with knowledge of an incident, should contact his or her supervisor or the EO Director as soon as possible after the incident. The complainant and the person accused have certain rights to representation during the complaint process, which includes the right to be accompanied by a grievance representative for an employee who is a bargaining unit member. Any supervisor who becomes aware of the problem should promptly consult with the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity. If the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity files a complaint, is the subject of a complaint, or has a substantial conflict of interest regarding the complaint or the person accused, an alternate investigator may be requested.

The Executive Director of Equal Opportunity discusses informal and formal options for resolving the problem. Complaints are handled as confidentially as possible to protect the rights of both the complainant and the person accused. Retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint or participates in a complaint process will not be tolerated.

The goal of the informal process is to seek a resolution acceptable to everyone involved. Most concerns can be addressed through the informal process, which provides the maximum privacy and an opportunity for the earliest possible resolution.

If the complainant chooses or if a problem cannot be resolved informally, the complainant may request a formal investigation. When the person accused of discrimination or harassment is a student and a formal complaint is filed, the Office of Community Standards, Rights and Responsibilities conducts the investigation according to the procedure in the Student Conduct Code. When the person accused is an employee, the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity assesses whether the University’s policy prohibiting discrimination or harassment has been violated and notifies the complainant, the person accused, and the responsible administrator. The administrator is responsible for taking action on the findings and making decisions about corrective or disciplinary action.

Under certain circumstances, either the complainant or the person accused may appeal the Executive Director of Equal Opportunity’s findings or the responsible administrator’s decision to the Equal Opportunity Coordinator for the University System. The Equal Opportunity Coordinator reports the result of the review to those directly involved, the campus Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, the responsible administrator, and the President. The final decision on an appealed complaint is made by the President.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to use this procedure to raise concerns or complaints, but may choose instead or in addition to file a grievance (for employees) and/or a complaint with the appropriate government agency.

The complete Complaint Procedure is available through the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall.

Financial & Academic Policies

The financial requirements of the University, changing costs, state and legislative action, and other matters may require an adjustment of these charges and expenses. The University reserves the right to make such adjustments to the estimated charges and expenses as may from time to time be necessary in the opinion of the Board of Trustees up to the date of final registration for an academic term. The applicant acknowledges this reservation by the submission of an application for admission or by registration.

The University reserves the right to cancel offerings, to set minimum and maximum sizes of classes, to change designated instructors in courses, and to make decisions affecting the academic standing of anyone participating in a course or program offered by the University of Maine.


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