Policies on Discrimination
For discrimination complaints pursuant to the Equal Opportunity, Diversity Affirmative Action Plan, please use the Discrimination Complaint Form or contact the Equal Opportunity (EO) Officer for guidance.
Any member of the Worcester State community can report a bias incident to the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) if they experience or witness a bias incident on campus.
Duty to Report Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment or Retaliation
No member of the university community, including a faculty member, can ignore a report of discrimination, discriminatory harassment or retaliation. That person should provide the reporter as much assistance in bringing the matter to the attention of the Equal Opportunity (EO) Officer as is reasonably appropriate given their position at the university and relationship with the reporter.
In terms of reports of discrimination, discriminatory harassment or retaliation, any trustee, administrator, department chair, program coordinator, manager or supervisor who receives such a complaint from a student or other member of the university community is obligated to report the complaint to the EO Officer as soon as he or she becomes aware of it. Likewise, any member of the campus community is encouraged to report to the EO Officer any conduct of which they have direct knowledge and which they in good faith believe constitutes discrimination, discriminatory harassment or retaliation in violation of this policy.
Any member of the university community who has a question about his or her responsibilities under the Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation should contact the EO Officer:
Maria Isabel Gariepy
Executive Director of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity
Chief Diversity & Equity Officer