The University of Maine is committed to maintaining a respectful, fair campus environment, free from discrimination or harassment. The goal of the University is to prevent discrimination or harassment from occurring and to provide an effective means of raising and promptly resolving complaints.
Toward that end, the University offers internal complaint procedures to resolve concerns of discrimination or harassment on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veterans status. These issues may be raised by faculty, staff, students, or members of the community.
For faculty, staff, and students:
Complaints against faculty or staff or challenges to a University practice:
If a faculty, staff, or student believes that he or she is being discriminated against and the concern involves actions by a faculty, staff member, or the issue relates to a university practice, the complaint may be resolved using the University of Maine Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure. This procedure provides for both informal and formal complaint resolution mechanisms. The Equal Opportunity Staff can provide information about the process and explain the options available. For more information, please download the procedure for internal complainants, available as a PDF. The Request for Investigation form used to initiate a formal complaint can be found on our forms page.
Complaints against students:
If a faculty, staff, or student believes that he or she is being discriminated against and the concern involves actions by a student, the University of Maine Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure provides that formal complaints are resolved through the University of Maine’s Student Conduct Code process. Such conduct may be reported to David Fiacco, Director of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities, 319 Memorial Union or call 581-1409. For more information about the Student Conduct Code Process, please see the University of Maine Student Conduct Code. The Director of Equal Opportunity may act as a consultant in these cases.
For members of the public:
The University of Maine also provides a mechanism for individuals who are neither employees nor students of the University but who believe that they have been discriminated against to raise these concerns through its Procedure for Resolving Equal Opportunity Concerns for Outside Complainants. For more information, please download the procedure for external complainants, available as a PDF
Retaliation for bringing a complaint of discrimination or participating in an investigation into such concerns is prohibited.
For more information, please contact:
Karen D. Kemble, Esq.
Office of Equal Opportunity
5754 North Stevens Hall, Room 101
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5754
Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination may also contact external agencies that handle concerns of this nature. The following are links to various agencies with jurisdiction over complaints of discrimination.