Equity Program: Discrimination Prevention and Response

Overview of Equity Program

 Equity Program: Discrimination Prevention, Detection and Response

  • Overview of Equity Program

William & Mary expects all members of the community to treat other people with dignity and respect.  Consistent with the Code of Ethics, the Equity Program strives to ensure that there is an equitable working and learning environments for all faculty, staff and students.   This is accomplished through:

  • Prevention
    • Developing non-discrimination and affirmative action policies and procedures
    • Training to the university community on these expectations
  • Detection
    • Encouraging reporting of incidents of discrimination or discriminatory harassment
  • Response
    • Objectively investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment to determine if employee conduct violates the non-discrimination policies
    • Providing protection from retaliation for those who make reports of any misconduct, including discrimination and harassment


Equity Resources


Pregnancy and Lactation Resources

Accessibility at W&M

Sexual Violence  and other Title IX Compliance

Disabilities in the Workplace (Employees & Applicants)

External Advocacy Associations and Organizations

Extract: https://www.wm.edu/offices/compliance/discrimination_overview/discrimination_resources/index.php


The main policy is the Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy. Other policies and complaint/grievance procedures:  

Complaint Procedures
Discrimination, Harassment, Investigation Process - Flow Chart. pdf

Under Construction

External Enforcement Agencies

Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) is the central human resource (HR) agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia. DHRM promulgates and provides guidance on important personnel policies, particularly policies applying to classified and operational employees. DHRM's policy library is available online.  DHRM also has two offices that handle discrimination complaints.  

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces:

  • Titles VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Certain provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
  • the Equal Pay Act,
  • the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and
  • other certain federal discrimination laws applicable to employees.  

Employees and applicants for employment may file complaints with the EEOC in either the Norfolk or Richmond filed office through their online public portal.  

Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education

Complaints may be filed by anyone who believes that William & Mary has discriminated against a student on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.  Access the online complaint form



This page last updated December 2018