Appendix A, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy

Reporting Options and Resources

William & Mary prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment and discriminatory retaliation.  This website, which is an Appendix to the Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy and the Employee Discrimination Grievance/Complaint Procedure, provides information about:

Resources (W&M offices that provide discrimination-related services)

If you have concerns or questions about discrimination, there are several William & Mary offices that can help you by providing information, counseling, guidance, mediation and other informal assistance. Resources relating to sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct are collected on W&M's sexual violence website.  

Confidential resources -- people whom you may speak to without having a report made to someone else -- are described below.  

Information about these offices is also provided in the form of organizational charts.  

The Office of Compliance & Equity

  • Receives complaints and reports of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including sexual violence, and conducts investigations.
  • Provides information about reporting options. 
  • Provides web-based resources including guidance on discrimination and disability accommodation. 
  • Serves as Title IX CoordinatorAge Discrimination Act CoordinatorADA/Rehabilitation Act Coordinator
  • Creates and promotes discrimination-related policies and procedures.  
  • Coordinates discrimination and harassment prevention efforts, including training and education activities. 
  • Partners with Diversity & Inclusion to produce the Affirmative Action Plans.

Dean of Students 

  • Provides interim measures and accommodations for students who have experienced sexual assault or other forms of sexual misconduct. 
  • Adjucates allegations of sexual misconduct affecting students, working with Title IX staff.  Receives and handles complaints and reports of other types of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation impacting students.
  • Handles requests for disability accommodations by students (Student Accessibility Services).
  • Promotes student-focused discrimination policies.

Human Resources

  • Arranges for state-sponsored, unbiased mediation of employment-related disputes.
  • Helps employees file grievances. 
  • Works with Diversity & Inclusion and Compliance & Equity to implement W&M’s Affirmative Action Programs.

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Handles requests for accommodations for disability or religious beliefs or practices by employees and applicants for employment.
  • Oversees Affirmative Action and Diversity Plans.
  • Trains search committees and otherwise helps ensure non-discrimination and affirmative action in recruitment and hiring, particularly hiring of faculty and executive employees.

Counseling Center provides confidential counseling to students.      

Student Health Center provides confidential medical services to students who have been sexually assaulted. 

William & Mary Police

  • Handles criminal reports of sexual assault and other crimes and conducts criminal investigations. 
  • Provides other sexual violence-related services for students and other community members.

University Counsel provides privileged legal advice and representation to employees. 

University Ombuds provides confidential support to employees with workplace concerns. 

Online information about external resources, such as federal and state agencies, is provided by the Office of Compliance & Equity.

Protection from Retaliation (protections for people reporting discrimination or participating in an investigation as a witness)

Any student or employee who makes a complaint or report or uses one of the William & Mary discrimination resources is protected from retaliation.  Information about retaliation, including an FAQ sheet provided to employees involved in discrimination investigations, is available on the compliance resources website.

Making a Complaint or Report

If you want to make a complaint or report a matter for investigation, or if you are required to report by university policy, there are several ways you can do that. Information about different procedures is provided below.  The Office of Compliance & Equity can help you understand reporting options, and provides information about external reporting options, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Students or individuals with complaints about students should contact the Dean of Students Office or, if the complaint is about sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator.  

If you are a faculty or staff member making a mandated report, visit the reporting obligations website.  

Discussing your concern with the person directly involved or a supervisor may be the best first approach. Serious instances of discrimination or harassment (including sexual violence) should be brought to administrative attention, so that the university can handle it appropriately.  Minor concerns sometimes can be effectively resolved by a discussion with (a) your supervisor, (b) the person with whom you have the concern, or (c) the supervisor of the person with whom you have the concern.  In some cases, however, even minor concerns cannot be resolved in this way, and a third party needs to get involved. 

If you are a supervisor and someone comes to you with a complaint or report of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, you need to refer the matter to Compliance & Equity or, if the matter relates to a student, the Dean of Students.   Do not attempt to resolve the matter on your own, without support and advice.  The "Memo to Managers" [pdf] about retaliation is a useful resource.

If you are a classified or operational employee, you may file an internal report or you may use one of the State’s processes for resolving complaints/grievances.  The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has two options for employees who think they have been discriminated against: the State’s Employment Dispute Resolution grievance process and the EEOC's complaint process.  DHRM or Employee Relations in W&M’s Office of Human Resources can provide more information.

Office of Human Resources
Bell Hall
(757) 221-3169

If you are ready to file an internal complaint or report, contact (a)  Compliance & Equity or (b) if you are a student or if the complaint is about a student, the Dean of Students Office. For more information about ALL reporting options for Title IX (sexual misconduct and harassment) violations, visit the Title IX reporting website.

Reports may be made by phone, email, regular mail, or in person:

Office of Compliance & Equity
James Blair Hall, First Floor, Suite 110 (secure dropbox available for anonymous reporting)
(757) 221-3146

Dean of Students Office
Campus Center, Room 109
(757) 221-2510
Visit the Dean of Students information page for 
reporting an issue or concern.  

Confidential Resources

Special note regarding confidential resources for sexual assault or sexual harassment:   If you are a student and you tell your professor or a supervisor (or another W&M employee) that you have been sexually assaulted or harassed, that person will need to tell someone else about it.   This is because W&M wants to help students and because the university is responsible for responding to situations that come to its attention.  If you want a place where you can go without having any report made, there are some completely confidential places at W&M -- please visit W&M's sexual violence website

These are people and offices that can provide confidential assistance or services for students or staff:

  • Liz Cascone, Director of The Haven, is a confidential resource for students.  Liz is located in the Campus Center 167, and can be reached at (757) 221-7478, or [[emcascone]]
  • Lesley Henderson, Director of Student Accessibility Services, can act as a confidential resource for students. Lesley is located in the Campus Center 110, and can be reached at (757) 221-2509, or [[ljhenderson]]
  • The Student Health Center provides confidential medical services for students, including emergency contraception and screening for STDs.  (757) 221-2998.
  • The Counseling Center offers free, confidential counseling for W&M students. (757) 221-3620. The Counseling Center will also help find referrals for therapists and psychiatrists in the Williamsburg area. Students who need assistance with this may call Christine Ferguson, M.Ed., LPC at (757) 221-3620.  Students and employees may also use the Online Community Database to locate a mental health provider.
  • The A&S Graduate Ombuds, for graduate students in Arts & Sciences. Dr. Peter Vishton is located in the Integrated Science Center 1089, and can be reached at  (757) 221-3879, or [[pmvish]]. 
  • The International Travel & Security Manager, for international students or students participating in international programs such as study abroad. Nick Vasquez, is located in the Reves Center, 222 and can be reached at (757) 221-1146, or [[snvasquez]]
  • The University Ombuds, Mark Patterson, provides confidential support for faculty and staff.  The Ombuds is located in Room 202 Hornsby House (336 Jamestown Road) and can be reached at (757) 221-1941 or [[ombuds]].  
  • Campus Ministries United (CaMU).  Various religious organizations affiliated with W&M student organizations can offer pastoral counseling.  
  • Employee Assistance Program.  All health plans offered to state employees and their dependants have employee assistance programs (EAPs).  Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial service.  Information for each program is provided below.  Employees may also contact Human Resources at (757) 221-3169 for more information or assistance.

    For employees participating in COVA Care and COVA HDHP Plans: Anthem BlueCross BlueShield provides the behavioral health and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits under COVA Care and COVA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).  Participants can locate a behavioral health network provider at, and click on Find a Doctor.  Members and their dependants can receive up to four counseling sessions at no cost.  You are encouraged to have all behavioral health services pre-authorized by calling Anthem at 1-855-223-9277, or within 48 hours of an emergency admission.  Anthem Behavioral Health case managers certify the appropriate levels of mental health and substance abuse care based on the diagnosis and medical necessity criteria.
    For employees participating in COVA HealthAware: Aetna provides the behavioral health and EAP benefits under COVA HealthAware.  The plan gives participants access to support and treatment for behavioral conditions, covered at the same level as your medical benefits.  You can locate a behavioral health provider at, and click on DocFind. The COVA HealthAware EAP offers short-term counseling on all aspects of life for up to four visits per incident at no cost to you.  EAP professionals, and crisis response services, are available by calling 1-888-238-6232.

  • Employees also have access to the Employment Dispute Resolution "Advice Line."  An Employment Dispute Resolution Consultant can provide confidential consultation on employment rights and responsibilities as well as available options in resolving workplace conflict.  This service is available to Virginia state government employees, managers and human resource personnel.  1-888-23ADVICE (1-888-232-3842).

Other university offices receiving discrimination complaints must refer them to the Dean of Students or Compliance & Equity. Confidentiality is discussed below.

Initial Processing of Reports

When Compliance & Equity or the Dean of Students receives a report or complaint, it typically will be assessed by the Review Team.  The Review Team is a small, interdisciplinary group of staff with relevant training and expertise, which reviews matters to assess for threats (if applicable), determine whether external reporting is required by law (for sexual violence matters), considers interim measures, and decides whether an investigation or other action should occur.   If an investigation is conducted, it will be made under the applicable procedure:

For more information about these investigation procedures, visit the Title IX investigations website

Confidentiality and Anonymity (how requests for either are considered, when a non-confidential resource becomes aware of a report, complaint, or incident)

Confidential resources are described above.  There are also anonymous reporting options.  In all situations, confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate review.  If you talk to one of the confidential resources discussed above, the information you share will stay with them in almost all cases.  If you talk to a faculty member or another William & Mary employee, they may need to bring the matter to someone else's attention.  

If you do not want your identity known, investigative staff will explain the protections against retaliation and the limitations of processing a report that must be treated as anonymous.  If you continue to request anonymity, the university will evaluate this request against its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory campus environment; the university will notify you if it cannot ensure that your identity will be protected.  If anonymity is permitted, that usually means that the university will not be able to pursue disciplinary action.[1]  In that case, where appropriate the university will take other steps to limit the effects of the alleged discrimination and prevent its recurrence, as needed, such as targeted education efforts.

More detail about how the university considers requests for anonymity, confidentiality, or no action (a request that the university not take action on a reported violation) in cases of sexual misconduct, see Section IV of the Policy on Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking

[1] A possible exception to this would be where the reporting party’s testimony was not required to prove discrimination.

For information focused on sexual assault and sexual harassment, visit W&M's Title IX website or W&M's Sexual Violence website.

Updated October 2016, Chief Compliance Officer