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Human Resources

Title IX

Date: August 2011

Bowdoin College strives to provide a place of study and work that is free from unlawful harassment or discrimination of any kind.  In compliance with the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA),  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws, Bowdoin College prohibits any member of the faculty, staff, administration, student body, or visitors, whether visiting campus, patrons, independent contractors, or vendors from harassing or discriminating against any other member of the Bowdoin College community because of a person’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, veteran status or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in any phase of its employment process, in any phase of its admission or financial aid programs, or other aspects of its educational programs or activities.  Discrimination or harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic is illegal.  All employees are expected to respect the rights of their coworkers and conduct themselves in a way that supports the inclusion of students and employees of all different backgrounds.  Employees who engage in unlawful harassment, violence or discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of employment.

TITLE IX

The Director of Human Resources is the individual designated by the College to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, Section 504 and other equal opportunity and affirmative action regulations and laws.   Questions or concerns about Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of the College’s equal opportunity or affirmative action or harassment policy should be directed to:

Tamara Spoerri
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources office – McLellan Building First Floor
3500 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207)725-3838
tspoerri@bowdoin.edu

In addition, for students the College has a deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Meadow Davis
Associate Director of Student Affairs
Moulton Union, 2nd Floor
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207)721-5189
Mdavis1@bowdoin.edu

For athletics inquiries regarding Title IX the Deputy Coordinator is

Nicki Pearson
Associate Director of Athletics & Senior Women’s Administrator
Head Coach Women’s Field Hockey
Buck Center
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207)725-3329
npearson@bowdoin.edu

Working in a harassment-free environment is the right of every Bowdoin College employee.  If an employee or student experiences any unlawful harassment, violence or discriminiation, (s)he should promptly report it to a supervisor or department head, or to one of the Title IX Coordinators listed above.    An investigation of the matter will be initiated and appropriate action taken.  No employee may retaliate against someone who files a complaint of unlawful harassment; such retaliation will subject the offender to additional charges and sanctions under the policy.  However, if the College determines that an intentionally false or malicious complaint has been made under this policy, disciplinary action will be taken against the individuals filing the complaint or providing false information regarding the complaint.

Please refer to:

Employee Handbook Freedom From Discrimination and Harassment policy

Student Handbook Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures policy