Chartered in 1899 and opened in 1902, Simmons College is first and foremost an academic community whose primary goals are to prepare women and men to be well informed, open-minded, and sensitive to values. To attain these goals we seek to create an atmosphere within which students may learn to become actively engaged members of society and to develop the resources to lead rich personal lives. We hope to achieve these goals through an active and continuing exchange of ideas among students and faculty and the general College community.
To ensure that these goals are attained, Simmons has committed itself to the following principles:
Simmons College supports the principle and spirit of equal employment opportunity for all persons, based on each individual's qualifications and fitness. In accordance with applicable law, the College administers its employment and personnel policies without regard to race, color, religion, disability, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.
Simmons College administers its educational programs and activities in accordance with the requirements and implementing regulations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Simmons College strives to ensure that all decisions concerning hiring and promotion of faculty and staff, or the educational process of students, are based on considerations appropriate to an academic institution and not on factors such as race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, or veteran's status.
Furthermore, Simmons College is committed to creating an atmosphere within which the diversity of its members' individual roles meets with understanding, respect, and encouragement, and where discrimination and harassment by any member of the faculty, staff, or student body against any other will be condemned and redressed.
What are the other forms of discriminatory harassment?
It is also against College policy to engage in verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical or mental disability, or that of the individual's relative, friends, or associates.
Depending on the circumstance, the following conduct may constitute discriminatory harassment: (1) epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, jokes, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical or mental disability, and (2) written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical or mental disability, and that is circulated anywhere in the Colleges facilities. Other conduct may also constitute discriminatory harassment if it falls within the definition of discriminatory harassment set forth above.
If you have a complaint about unlawful discrimination or harassment and you are a student, you should bring your concerns to the dean of your school or to the Dean for Student Life. If you have a complaint about unlawful discrimination or harassment and you are an employee, you should bring your concern to the attention of the Director of Talent and Human Capital Strategy. Complaints or inquiries concerning the College's policies and compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations may also be directed to the College President's Office, or to the College's General Counsel, in C-208 or 617-521-2276. Your complaint should contain your name and address, so that we can contact you, and give a brief description of the actions you believe to be unlawful. You should bring your complaint in a timely manner, usually no later than 60 days after you become aware of the alleged violation. The President or appropriate College officer (or his or her designee) will conduct an investigation and issue a written decision on the complaint, ordinarily within 45 days.