Overview of Equity Program
Equity Program: Discrimination Prevention, Detection and Response
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:
W&M & Equity Diversity Infrastructure
The main policy for ensuring equity is the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, Retaliation, and Sexual Misconduct. Other policies that are important to the Equity Program include:
Discrimination, Harassment, Investigation Process - Flow Chart
External Enforcement Agencies
The 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
The EEOC enforces
Employees and applicants for employment may file complaints with the EEOC. The EEOC provides information about filing a charge with the Norfolk field office online. Information about the Richmond field office is available online. The EEOC also provides an online assessment, which can be used to help people decide if the EEOC is the correct agency to assist them.
The EEOC also provides guidance on the various types of discrimination on its website.
Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education
The federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education provides guidance and investigates student complaints regarding certain federal discrimination laws including:
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.
OCR provides guidance on various discrimination topics in its online reading room.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is the federal agency that ensures that all employers who contract with the federal government -- including William & Mary -- follow non-discrimination laws in their employment practices. This Office is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor. Specifically, OFCCP enforces
People who believe that they have been discriminated against in hiring or employment, by William & Mary, may file a complaint with OFCCP. According to OFCCP's website, "OFCCP keeps for investigation discrimination complaints that involve groups of people or indicate that the employer engaged in a pattern of discrimination. If your complaint of discrimination is based on race, sex, color, religion, national original, and you are the only victim, OFCCP will normally refer your complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)."
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
The Civil Rights Division of DOJ enforces:
DOJ provides online information about how to file a complaint regarding a potential civil rights violation. According to this website, employees who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their race, sex, color, religion or national origin "should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission." Similarly, people who believe they have been denied employment on one of these bases are also directed to contact the EEOC
This page last updated August 2020