Dean of the Faculty: Faculty Handbook



Nondiscrimination Policy

Amherst College does not discriminate in its admission or employment policies and practices on the basis of factors such as race, genetics, gender identity or gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, or status as a veteran of the Vietnam War era or as a disabled veteran. The College complies with applicable federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. 

Inquiries should be directed to: 

Chief Diversity Officer
Amherst College 
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

Americans with Disabilities Act

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Amherst College will make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to enable such person to perform essential job functions and/or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment, so long as such accommodation does not impose an undue burden on the college. To be protected by the ADA, an employee must have a “disability,” as defined below, and be qualified to perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation by Amherst College. A disability is defined under the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. 

A disability also includes having a record of such impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, and standing. Faculty members may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Office of Human Resources.


Amherst College subscribes fully to the AAUP statements of principles on academic freedom published in 1940, and assumes that faculty members know their rights and their responsibilities as members of the academic profession.


Amherst College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the dean of the faculty. Individuals may also contact the association at:

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
(781) 425-7714