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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The College is committed to equal employment and opportunity and the principles of affirmative action, and complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Respect for Persons
Respect for the rights, dignity and integrity of others is essential for the well being of a community. Actions by any person that do not reflect such respect for others are damaging to each member of the community and hence damaging to Amherst College. Each member of the community should be free from interference, intimidation or disparagement in the work place, the classroom and the social, recreational and residential environment.
Amherst College does not condone harassment of any kind, against any group or individual, because of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy and genetic testing, ethnic identification, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Such harassment is clearly in conflict with the interests of the College as an educational community and in many cases with provisions of law.
It is the goal of Amherst College to promote a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of employees occurring in the workplace or in other settings in which employees may find themselves in connection with their employment is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Further, retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual harassment or who has cooperated with an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is similarly unlawful and will not be tolerated.
To achieve the College's goal of providing a workplace free from sexual harassment, inappropriate conduct described in this policy will be dealt with using the established informal and formal procedures of the College, including disciplinary action, where appropriate.
Amherst College takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously and will respond promptly to complaints. Where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, the College will act promptly to eliminate the conduct.
See the Appendix for the complete Sexual Harassment Policy.
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 imposed 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. If you feel you may need a reasonable accommodation you should request one by contacting the Office of Human Resources.