Emerson's Commitment to Non-Discrimination

Emerson is committed to fostering an environment of mutual respect among its students, staff and faculty, as well as others who participate in the College’s programs and activities. As part of this commitment, Emerson seeks to protect the rights of all members of the College community and any other persons having dealings with the College through its Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Policy, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender or sex (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability or handicap, age, genetics, marital status, veteran status and any other category protected by law (“protected characteristics”).
Emerson expects that its students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, alumni and guests will conduct themselves appropriately and refrain from behavior that violates this and other College policies. Accordingly, individuals who discriminate against or harass others in violation of this policy, regardless of whether such conduct rises to the level of unlawful discrimination or harassment, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including, immediate termination of employment, association with Emerson, or dismissal from Emerson.
Emerson has designated the following person to respond to inquiries regarding the college’s Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Policy:

Shari Stier, Senior Associate Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624

Intersection of Non-Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies

Emerson recognizes that discrimination or harassment prohibited by this policy can occur in conjunction with discrimination or harassment prohibited by the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Targeting individuals on the basis of any protected characteristics violates Emerson’s community standards and College policies. When misconduct relates in any way to an individual’s sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression, the College may address such conduct pursuant to the processes described in the Sexual Misconduct Policy. When the College receives a report that a community member has engaged in misconduct related to a person’s sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression and other protected characteristics, the College has discretion to decide under which policy or policies to address the report and will coordinate the investigation and resolution efforts.

State & Federal Administrative Agencies

In addition to or in lieu of filing an internal complaint with Emerson College, employees, students, or Emerson-affiliated third parties who believe that they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation may file a formal complaint with the government agencies that are identified below. Using the College’s report process does not prohibit an employee from filing a complaint with these agencies.

Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD)

One Ashburton Place, Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-994-6000
TTY: 617-994-6196
Email: mcad [at] mass.gov
Web: http://www.mass.gov/mcad/

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: 800-884-1684
TTY: 800-700-2320
Videophone for hearing impaired: 800-700-2320
Email: contact.center [at] dfeh.ca.gov
Web: https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - MA

5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor 
Boston, MA 02109-3921 
Phone: 617-289-0111     
Email: ocr.boston [at] ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – CA

50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA  94105-1813
Phone: 415-486-5555
Email: ocr.sanfrancisco [at] ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr