Nondiscrimination Statement and Title IX Coordinator Notice

Policy Statement

The University of Montana is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning, working, and living atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human dignity and the positive connection among all people at our University. Acts of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, and retaliation will be addressed consistent with this policy. Consistent with state and federal law, reasonable accommodation will be provided to persons with disabilities.

It is important that members of the University community understand that the law does not just prohibit discrimination and harassment of employees by employers. The law also prohibits discrimination and harassment between members of the UM community more generally: for example, between an instructor and a student, between two students, between two employees, or between a student and an applicant or campus guest. The policy applies in all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, discrimination in athletics, instruction, grading, university housing, and university employment. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. It is central to the values of this University that any individual who believes they may have been the target of unlawful discrimination or harassment feel free to report their concerns for appropriate investigation and response, without fear of retaliation or retribution.

This policy shall not be construed or applied to restrict academic freedom at UM, nor shall it be construed to restrict constitutionally protected expression, even though such expression may be offensive, unpleasant, or even hateful.

Report policy violations to:
Jessica Weltman
Title IX Coordinator/Director, Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
Telephone: 406-243-5710
Fax: 406-243-2797
Email: eoaa@umontana.edu or jessica.weltman@umontana.edu
Office: Brantly Hall, Room 115
Mailing Address: EO/AA, Brantly Hall 115, Missoula, MT 59812
Website (with online option for submitting complaint): www.umt.edu/eo

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with federal and state discrimination and sexual harassment laws, including Title IX. The Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action (EO/AA) is the Title IX Coordinator for the UM community. The Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with the University’s policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, and retaliation. Specifically, the Title IX Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate educational programs regarding discrimination and sexual harassment prevention for students, staff, and faculty;
  • Respond to, investigate, and/or seek resolution to allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment following the procedures;
  • Provide information about and, if requested, assist with criminal reporting;
  • Provide information about resources for obtaining advocacy, healthcare, and counseling services; and
  • Coordinate interim measures such as arranging for an escort on campus, modifying campus living arrangements, and helping with academic accommodations.

A full copy of the University’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation Policy and the accompanying Discrimination Grievance Procedures are available in the policy section of the EO/AA website. More information about reporting options, resources and other information about sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is located at www.umt.edu/sexualmisconduct.

This notice is disseminated annually to students and employees at the University of Montana.