The Office of Equal Opportunity at the University of Southern Maine strives to ensure that all university community members uphold federal and state nondiscrimination laws. To that end, we work toward a campus climate that is supportive of equity through advice, education, and intervention.
Education is a critical component to building a campus community that understands its rights and obligations pertaining to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Therefore we provide various live and online training tools.
We advise individuals and departments regarding specific equal opportunity issues. This includes providing information regarding complaint resolution mechanisms such as the University of Maine System Procedure for Equal Opportunity Complaints.
The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).
Accommodation Request Notification
Departments that offer programs or events which are open to the public must be accessible as follows:
- Websites, live programming, YouTube and other programming with electronic content:
Whether or not a disability accommodation request has been received, these events must be accessible to the public.
- Examples of covered programs that may have an electronic component: Cultural events, commencement, athletic events, courses open to the general public including non-credit courses, public lectures, and MOOCs.
- Examples of types of electronic content accessibility needs: captioning of videos for those with hearing disabilities; alternative way to access images or visual information (e.g., graphs, charts, animations or URLs on slides) such as audio description, alternative text, PDF files or Word documents for those with vision disabilities; effective color contrast, information conveyed by a means other than using color alone (for charts or graphs differentiating information only by color) and formatting documents for screen reader accessibility for those with vision disabilities.
- Live events without electronic content:
Any department that is offering a program or event which is open to the general public should invite participants with disabilities to request, in advance, any accommodations needed to allow them to participate. Brochures, registration forms, press releases, and posters announcing the event or program should include a statement advising individuals how to request an accommodation. The following statements are examples of how this may be accomplished:
- For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact (Department contact for event - First and Last Name), 207.xxx.xxxx. or email@example.com.
- It is helpful to suggest a date by which accommodation requests should be made. The following suggested language may be used:
If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact _____ at 207.xxx.xxxx or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by [a date two weeks or some other reasonable interval before the event]. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.
If the hosting department has any questions regarding the Accommodation Request Notice or how to meet an accommodation request, the department should contact Kitty Armstrong, ADA Coordinator, at 207.581.1227 or email@example.com.
Please contact the following with questions and concerns:
Sarah Harebo, Director, Equal Opportunity
101 N. Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)