Prohibited Conduct (Policy)

The University of Montana, together with our Affiliates, commits to a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, gender, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation (taken together, generally, “protected-class harm”). An inclusive environment is necessary for a healthy and productive University community.  The University will take appropriate action to prevent, resolve, and remediate protected-class harm. 

Title IX

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." -Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 

On August 14, 2020, the Department of Education released updated Title IX regulations. The University of Montana continues our commitment to preserving a learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty, and affiliates. We are dedicated to sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention and providing a fair, neutral, and supportive process to all parties involved. 

POLICY STATEMENT 

The University of Montana commits to a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, gender, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation (taken together, generally, “protected-class harm”). An inclusive environment is necessary for a healthy and productive University community. 

Consistent with UM’s commitment, and with all applicable law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and will take appropriate action to prevent, resolve, and remediate the effects of protected-class harm. 

The Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy define and prohibit protected-class misconduct, and the Discrimination Grievance Procedures set forth the University’s processes for addressing and resolving such reports. The Policy and Procedures apply to all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, admissions, athletics, instruction, grading, University housing, and University employment. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices prohibited by this Policy, for bringing or responding to 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 the resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. 

Inquiries about the application of Title IX at the University and reports about all forms of protected-class discrimination and harassment should be made to the University’s EO/Title IX Coordinator: 

Alicia P. Arant 
Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, Director and Coordinator 
University Hall 006 
University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812 
(406) 243-5710 | alicia.arant@umontana.edu

Please note that reports can be made at any time, including during non-business hours, by using the EO/Title IX Coordinator’s email address, listed telephone number (and leaving a private message), or by using UM’s online reporting form

TITLE IX COORDINATOR 

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with federal and state discrimination and harassment laws, including Title IX. The Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX is the Title IX Coordinator for the UM community. The Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with the University’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy. Specifically, the Title IX Coordinator: 

Coordinates educational programs and trainings regarding discrimination and harassment prevention for students and employees; 

Responds to and seeks to resolve reports of discrimination and harassment following the Procedures

Provides information about and, if requested, assists with criminal reporting; 

Provides information about resources for obtaining advocacy, healthcare, and counseling services; and 

Coordinates supportive and protective measures for members of the UM community. 

A full copy of the University’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy and the accompanying Discrimination Grievance Procedures are available on the EO/Title IX website. More information about reporting options, resources, and other information about sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is located at Equal Opportunity

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