General Nondiscrimination Notice

The University of Maine System is required to include a non-discrimination notice in a wide variety of its publications to comply with federal regulations. Any department that distributes bulletins, announcements, publications, catalogs, application forms, or other recruitment materials that are made available to students, employees, applicants, or program beneficiaries must include the following non-discrimination notice in the publication:

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Short-Form Notice for Postcards and Posters

For postcards and for posters intended for display, the following short-form notice is acceptable:

The University of Maine [university name] is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Everyone is required to follow this regulation, irrespective of where publications are printed — whether at your campus print shop, an off-campus printing service, or from your desktop printer. 

Accommodation Request Notification

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:
    Programs or events which are 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 (First and Last Name), 207.xxx.xxxx. or _______@maine.edu.
    • 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 ___@maine.edu 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 Amanda Paradis, ADA Coordinator, at 207.581.1227 or adacoordinator@maine.edu.

Please contact the following with questions and concerns:

Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
101 Boudreau Hall
Orono, ME 04469
207-581-1226 (voice)TTY 711 (Maine Relay System) 

equal.opportunity@maine.edu


OEO Rev: 8/22