Policy on Valuing Diversity

Simmons College is, first and foremost, an academic community that prepares students to be well-informed, open-minded, and sensitive to the values of others. We strive to foster an atmosphere where students may become actively engaged members of society and lead rich personal lives. We promote these goals through an active and continual exchange of ideas among students, faculty and the general College community. To ensure that these goals are attained, Simmons has committed itself to the following principles.

Simmons College strives to ensure that all decisions concerning hiring and promotion of faculty and staff, and the educational progress of its students, are based on considerations appropriate to an academic institution and not on factors such as race, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, handicap, or veteran status.

All students are given equal access to the College's programs and resources. In accordance with applicable law, admission to the College's undergraduate baccalaureate program is reserved to those who self-identify as women. The College is committed to admitting students of any race, color, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, national and ethnic origin, or disability to all programs and activities made generally available to students at the College, including scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, and other College-administered student services, and social, educational and recreational programs.

Simmons College subscribes to the policies set forth in Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandates equal opportunity for qualified handicapped persons in educational programs and activities. Simmons College strives to ensure that all decisions concerning hiring and promotion of faculty and staff, and the educational progress of its students, are based on considerations appropriate to an academic institution.

Furthermore, Simmons College is committed to creating an atmosphere where the diversity of its members' individual roles is met with understanding, respect, and encouragement.  Any discrimination or harassment by any member of the faculty, staff, or student body against any other will be handled appropriately. The College does not tolerate sexual harassment of employees or students.

Complaints of discrimination or harassment should be addressed to the Student Life office or to the Title IX Coordinator , Regina Sherwood or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Sarah Neill.