Equal Opportunities

Nondiscrimination Notice

The University of Maine at Machias is required to include a nondiscrimination notice in a wide variety of its publications to comply with federal regulations. Any department that distributes bulletins, announcements, publications, catalogs, application forms, or other recruitment materials that are made available to students, employees, applicants, or program beneficiaries must include the following nondiscrimination notice in the publication:

• The University of Maine at Machias does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, 202 Powers Hall, 207.255.1213, TTY 207.255.1445

Short-Form Notice for Postcards, Posters and Bookmarks:

Sometimes, departments use postcards, posters or bookmarks to promote events being sponsored by the University. If the document being distributed satisfies U.S. Postal Service requirements for being classified as a postcard, is a bookmark, or is a poster intended for display, an alternative notice may be used in lieu of the notice described above. This short-form notice reads as follows:

• The University of Maine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Accommodation Request Notification

Any department that is offering a program or event which is open to the public is strongly encouraged to invite participants with disabilities to request, in advance, accommodations needed to allow them to participate. Brochures, registration forms, press releases, posters and fliers announcing the event or program should include a statement advising individuals how to request an accommodation. The following statements are examples of how this may be accomplished:

• For more information or a disability accommodation, please contact [name] at [telephone number].

For large events, it is helpful to suggest a date by which accommodation requests should be made. The following suggested language may be used:

• If you need a disability accommodation, please contact _____ at 207.255.____ or e-mail ______@maine.edu by [a date two weeks or some other reasonable interval before the event]. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.

If the hosting department has any questions regarding these notices or how to meet an accommodation request, the department should contact Kimberly Page, Equal Opportunity Officer, 207.255-1213.

Long Form

The University of Maine at Machias does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding non-discrimination policies:

Equal Opportunity Officer, 202 Powers Hall, (207) 255-1213 (voice), (207) 255-1445 (TTY) or to Megan Clough, Director of Equity and Diversity for the University of Maine System, who can be reached at (207) 973-3372 (voice) or 711 (Maine Relay System), 16 Central Street, Bangor, Maine 04401.

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination in employment or education may also be referred to the Maine Human Rights Commission. Inquiries or complaints about discrimination in employment may be referred to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Inquiries about the University’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 5 Post Office Square, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111. Facsimile: (617) 289-0150. Generally, an individual may also file a complaint with OCR within 180 days of alleged discrimination.

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