Dartmouth College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all its students, faculty, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. For that reason Dartmouth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, military or veteran status in access to its programs and activities, and in conditions of admission and employment (hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits). (Dartmouth College refers to the entire institution, including the professional schools, graduate programs, and auxiliary activities.)
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College, I now reaffirm our policy on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action and share with the community information on federal civil rights legislation and regulations.
The following regulations, among others, govern Dartmouth’s policy.
Executive Order 11246, as amended, prohibits discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. Questions or concerns may be directed to Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (see address below) or to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), J.F.K. Federal Building, Room 612C, Boston, MA 02203. A complaint must be filed with OFCCP no later than 180 days from the date of the alleged violation.
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits job discrimination on the basis of disability and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, prohibits job discrimination against disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. Dartmouth has developed an affirmative action plan to carry out the mandate of these federal regulations. This plan is administered by the Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity. Inquiries may also be addressed to OFCCP (see address above).
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the rate of pay. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age. Questions or concerns about these laws should be directed to Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (see address below) or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Boston Area Office, J.F.K Federal Building, Room 409B, Boston, MA 02203. A complaint under these statutes must be filed with EEOC within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Questions or concerns may be directed to Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (see address below) or to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights (OCR),U.S. Department of Education, 33 Arch St., Suite 900, Boston, MA 02110. A complaint under Title VI must be filed with OCR within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination.
Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and 34 C.F.R. Part 106, Dartmouth does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the conduct or operation of its programs or activities (including employment therein and admission thereto). Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (see address below) or to the Office for Civil Rights (see address above). A complaint under Title IX must be filed with OCR within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination.
Consistent with the requirement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and 34 C.F.R. Part 104, Dartmouth does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities. Dartmouth complies with all applicable sections of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Questions or concerns regarding Section 504 or the ADA may be directed to Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (see address below) or to the Director of Student Accessibility Services, 6173 Collis Center, Suite 301, Hanover, NH 03755- 3541, tel. 603-646-9900. Inquiries concerning Section 504 may also be referred to the Office for Civil Rights (see address above). A complaint under Section 504 must be filed with OCR within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination. A complaint of employment discrimination on the basis of disability under Title I of the ADA must be filed with EEOC within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination.
New Hampshire State law prohibits employment discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, religious creed, or national origin. Questions or concerns may be directed to Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (see address below) or filed with the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights (NHCHR) at the following address: Intake Department, NH Commission for Human Rights, 2 Chenell Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Complaints under these statutes must be filed with NHCHR within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination.
The Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity has been designated to coordinate and monitor all institutional compliance activities under each of the laws and regulations referred to above. In addition, Dartmouth’s office of Institutional Diversity & Equity is charged to hear complaints and grievances concerning violations of any of these laws and regulations. All faculty, exempt, non-exempt, and union employees, students, and applicants for admission and/or employment are protected from discrimination resulting from filing a complaint or assisting in an inquiry under any of the foregoing laws and policies. Faculty, exempt, non-exempt, and union employees, students, and applicants for admission and/or employment are invited to visit the office of Institutional Diversity & Equity to discuss issues related to equal opportunity and affirmative action. In addition, the office is available for confidential consultation regarding the application of these laws and regulations to individual concerns. A copy of Dartmouth’s most recent Affirmative Action Plan is available at the reference desk of Dartmouth’s Baker Library or in the office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, 6018 Blunt Alumni Center, Room 304, Hanover, NH 03755, tel. 603-646-3197, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
As members of the Dartmouth Community, we are all responsible for ensuring the success of our equal opportunity and affirmative action program. I appreciate your cooperation in making Dartmouth a more diverse environment for learning and working.
The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual
The definition of “disability” shall be construed in accordance with the following:
The requirements of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, place responsibilities upon government contractors and subcontractors that must be addressed through a realistic employment and advancement policy for individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Dartmouth College affirms the policy to provide equal employment for all persons without regard to physical or mental disabilities or status as a veteran and to make all decisions related to recruitment, employment, training and advancement on the basis of the individual’s capacity to perform the job with reasonable job accommodations, as necessary.
Additionally, Dartmouth affirms that the employment and advancement of individuals with disabilities and veterans are essential parts of the institution’s responsibility that must be assumed for the benefit of persons with disabilities and veterans, and because hiring individuals with disabilities and veterans is of value to the liberal arts education experience.
The Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity is responsible for directing Dartmouth’s Affirmative Action Program, which includes individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is responsible for developing, directing, and updating this program on an institution-wide basis; implementing audit and monitoring systems that measure the effectiveness of the program; identifying problem areas in need of remedial action; developing and recommending solutions to them; and determining the degree to which objectives have been attained. The office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is also responsible for acting as a liaison between the institution and the federal government, and between the institution and public and private agencies concerned with the employment of individuals with a disability and veterans.
The College will continue to review, and modify where appropriate, personnel processes to assure careful, thorough, and systematic consideration of the job qualifications of applicants and employees known to be individuals with a disability, or veterans.
In determining the qualification of a covered veteran, the College will consider only that portion of the military record, including discharge papers, relevant to the specific job qualification for which the applicant or employee is being considered.
An invitation is issued to all new employees and periodically to all employees, to self-identify themselves as an individual with a disability or as a veteran if they believe they are covered under Dartmouth’s Affirmative Action Plan and wish to benefit from the programs. This invitation allows an employee to inform the College at a later date of his or her desire to participate in the program.
The advancement rate of all employees will be reviewed periodically to determine whether advancement for covered employees appears to be at a normal rate.
The entire selection process, including training and promotion, is periodically monitored to ensure freedom from stereotyping of individuals with a disability and veterans, in a manner that limits their access to all jobs for which they are qualified or jobs for which they could be qualified with reasonable accommodations.
The College will review any physical and mental job qualification requirements on a continuing basis to ensure they are job-related and consistent with business necessity and the safe performance of the job.
Where practical, jobs are restructured to accommodate individuals with disabilities. An effort will be made to assist employees who become disabled during their employment in making a transition to other available jobs for which they qualify.
Dartmouth will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical and mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees or applicants.
In all new construction or remodeling of college facilities, special care is taken to ensure that architectural barriers to individuals with a disability are avoided to the greatest extent possible.
Physical facilities will be reviewed on a continuing basis to ensure access by applicants and employees.
Applicants and employees who identify themselves as disabled or veterans are encouraged to express their thoughts concerning proper placement and appropriate accommodation.
Individuals with a disability and veterans are compensated in accordance with the provisions of the existing salary plan and consistent with the policies and practices in effect. The amount of compensation offered in employment or promotion will not be reduced because of any disability, income, pension or other benefit the applicant or employee receives from another source. Fringe benefits are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis to all employees.
Applicants and employees who file a complaint, assist or participate in an investigation or compliance review, or oppose any act or practice made unlawful by any local state or federal law requiring equal opportunity will not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination because of exercising any right protected by Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended.
The Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (IDE) regularly informs the Dartmouth College community and the public of the institution’s policies concerning equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action.
Any employee of Dartmouth College who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of disability or status as a veteran may bring a compliant under Dartmouth’s Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedure outlined below. Complaints should be directed to the attention of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Dartmouth College 6018 Blunt Alumni Center, Room 304, 603-646-3197: Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.
All complaints will be investigated and resolved expeditiously.
Dartmouth College will cooperate with the United States Department of Labor in the investigations of any complaint or the review of our employment practices with respect to people with disabilities and covered veterans.
Dartmouth College1 is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all its students, faculty, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. For that reason Dartmouth College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or military or veteran status in access to its programs, organizations, and conditions of employment and admission.
Dartmouth College’s Equal Opportunity Policy (“Policy”) seeks to comply with the letter and the spirit of the following laws: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Executive Order 11246, as amended, Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Sections 503/504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and/or any other institutional document or policy relating to equal opportunity or affirmative action practices. The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Coordinator serves as Dartmouth College’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator.
Any employee or student of Dartmouth College who believes that he or she has been subjected to a violation of the Policy may bring a grievance under the Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedure. This includes any exempt, non-exempt or union employee, faculty member, student employee, or applicant for employment in Arts and Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, and Thayer School of Engineering. Visitors or guests of the College may also use the Grievance Procedure if they believe they are the victim of discrimination prohibited by the Policy.
The Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedure most fully serves exempt and non-exempt and service
employees with discrimination complaints. Therefore, the process described below focuses primarily on the specifics of handling grievances by and against such employees. The exceptions that apply when complaints are by or against students or against faculty members are explained in a separate section.
Federal and state law and College policy prohibit retaliation against an employee who complains about a possible violation of the Policy.
Special Information for union employees: The collective bargaining agreements between the College and the unions representing College employees contain the Policy set forth above. The agreements also contain dispute resolution procedures which the union members can use to assert violations of the contract. This procedure does not supersede the contractual grievance procedure. Union members should contact union officials if they have questions regarding the application of the policy or their contract to a particular set of circumstances.
Grievants must register their concerns within two academic terms (six months) of the alleged violation in order to have access to the entire Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedure.
An employee who believes he or she has been discriminated against in violation of this Policy is encouraged to first seek a resolution of the problem through discussion with the person(s) directly involved, including his or her supervisor.
In cases where an employee chooses not to discuss the problem with the person(s) directly involved or with his/her supervisor, he or she may consult with the College Ombudsperson, the Director of EO/AA or a Human Resources Consultant about possible resolutions and next steps. Designated personnel in these offices will attempt to resolve the problem through consultation and discussion.
Normally, resolution at this stage does not involve a factual investigation or a conclusion that the Policy was or was not violated. Rather, it involves an opportunity for communications regarding areas of dispute in hopes of resolving the dispute.
When resolution is not reached in EO/AA or HR, the employee should consult with the Ombudsperson to discuss other resolution options and the procedure for bringing a formal grievance. Please note: While a non-union employee is free to use any of the resources identified above in order to resolve his or her concern, the College expects that non-union employees will consult with the Ombudsperson prior to initiating a formal grievance under this Policy or the General Grievance Policy. This step will help ensure that the employee has evaluated resolution options and invokes the right procedures to address the employee’s concern. The Ombuds Office will not be part of any formal grievance process and will not take sides in any dispute.
The grievant may request a Hearing Review if she or he is dissatisfied with the resolution provided at Step 4 above. In order to request a review, the grievant should submit a written request to the Director for a hearing before the Hearing Committee.
Hearing Committee membership shall be determined within two weeks of the grievant’s request for a formal hearing. In the event that obtaining the above representation on the committee is impractical because of the unavailability of appropriate representatives, exceptions to the composition may be granted at the sole discretion of the Director of EO/AA.
The Hearing Committee shall be convened by its chair no less than one week and no more than three weeks after membership has been determined for the purpose of conducting preliminary business related to the case and setting the date for a formal hearing. Hearings shall be held as promptly as is consistent with allowing adequate time for the grievant and the respondent to prepare, normally not less than one week but not more than three weeks from the date of the initial meeting of the Committee. A continuance may be granted at the discretion of the Committee. Five working days prior to the date of the hearing, all persons involved in the dispute shall be sent written notice of the time and place of the beginning of the hearing.
All hearings are confidential and shall be conducted in private.3 The parties may have, as adviser at the hearing, any College employee of their choice. Such advisers may offer suggestions and comments. However, the hearing is not to be regarded as an adversarial proceeding and is not subject to the procedures of a court of law. The presence of legal counsel at the hearing is not permitted. Upon request, a tape recording of the proceeding will be made for the exclusive use of the Committee and the Provost. Such recordings may not be used outside the Committee.
The grievant and the respondent shall be given the opportunity to present their side in full during the hearing, and may invite other persons with relevant information, including the Director(s) of EO/AA, to appear during the hearing. They shall have the right to question witnesses, as determined by the chair.
The chair of the Hearing Committee will rule on all matters of procedure. Formal rules of evidence shall not be applicable to any hearing before the Committee and any evidence or testimony which the Committee believes to be relevant to a fair determination of the grievance may be admitted.
Within two weeks of hearing all the evidence and arguments, the Committee will submit a written decision to the Provost. The Committee will make its decision using a “preponderance of evidence” as the standard of proof. A majority vote of the Committee shall determine the final decision. If the Committee finds that the Policy was violated, the decision should contain a recommendation for resolution, which may range from a warning to termination of employment. The Provost may accept, reject, or modify the Committee's decision. Within two weeks of receipt of the decision, the Provost will send his/her decision and a copy of the Committee's decision to the grievant, the respondent, and the Director of EO/AA. The decision of the Provost will be forwarded to the appropriate administrator for implementation (depending on the employee group of the grievant and the person(s) complained against).
Within one week of receipt of the Provost’s decision, either the grievant or the respondent may submit to the Provost a request for reconsideration of the decision. Reconsideration of a decision may be granted only if there is evidence of material procedural error or the emergence of substantial new evidence. The Provost will notify the grievant or respondent, the Director, and the chair of the committee that a request for reconsideration has been submitted within two weeks of receipt of the request for reconsideration, the Provost must send either a written denial of the request for reconsideration or a written decision based on reconsideration of the case. The Provost's decision is final and shall not be subject to review under any other grievance procedure in force in the institution except in cases where the union grievance procedure is applicable.
Most complaints by and against students alleging violations of this Policy are handled by the Dean of the College office. When a student is acting as an employee of the College and is accused of discrimination, a grievant may initiate the grievance review procedure set out above. However, in such a case, the composition and decision of the Hearing Review Committee, as well as the request for reconsideration, would be handled differently from the process outlined above. The Hearing Review Committee will be selected by the dean of the school of the student against whom the grievance was filed, and will consist of one person from the Campus Climate Committee or the 504/ADA Committee, one faculty or staff member from the school, and one student. The decision of the Committee will be reviewed by the appropriate dean along with the Provost. In the event that the student complained against requests reconsideration, the Provost will review that request with the appropriate dean.
Students with discrimination grievances against non-faculty employees may use the Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedure. Students requesting a hearing as a result of a discrimination grievance against a non-faculty employee will, in consultation with the appropriate dean, choose one member of the Campus Climate Committee or the 504/ADA Committee. In the event that the student requests reconsideration, the Provost will review that request with the appropriate dean.
Complaints against faculty members may be initiated in a variety of ways. Typically, a complaint that a faculty member has violated this Policy is initiated with the appropriate dean. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the deans of the professional schools and their designees are best prepared to handle such complaints, sometimes in consultation with the EO/AA office. Any student, faculty or non-faculty employee or guest may also consult with the EO/AA office about a concern about the alleged discriminatory behavior of a faculty member. If informal resolution of complaints against faculty is unsuccessful, formal charges and disciplinary action must be handled under Paragraph 4 of the Agreement Concerning Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Responsibility as set out in the Organization of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1. Dartmouth College refers to the entire institution, including the professional schools, graduate programs, and auxiliary activities.
2. When the Division Leader or Department Head is notified, the Director will inform them that Federal and State law and College policy prohibit retaliation against an employee who complains about a possible violation of the Policy.
3. If the matter proceeded to litigation, the materials submitted, oral evidence presented discussions of the Hearing Committee and the decision of the Hearing Committee would be subject to disclosure.