Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


Non-Discrimination Notice


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, veteran or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discriminatio policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207-581-1226 (Maine Relay System)

Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation and Title IX Sexual Harassment

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities, including admission and employment; such discrimination is strictly prohibited by Title IX.

The University will respond to complaints and reports of violations of this policy in a prompt, fair, impartial and equitable manner. Regardless of whether a complaint is filed, the University will respond promptly and reasonably when it has notice of potential sexual misconduct that is covered by this policy. The University will take steps to end and prevent recurrence of violations of this policy and to correct their discriminatory effects on the complainant and others when a determination of responsibility has been made against a respondent. In responding to all complaints and reports, the University will act to ensure the safety of students, guests, and employees while complying with state and federal laws and provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements and employee handbooks.

Individuals with questions about Title IX, or who would like to report a violation, are encouraged to contact any of the persons or agencies listed below. In addition, any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone or by electronic mail by using the contact information listed below for the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Reports can be made during non-business hours by mail to the listed office addresses or by using the listed telephone numbers or e-mail addresses. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The grievance procedures and process, including how to file a report and how the University will respond can be found at https://www.maine.edu/title-ix/

The Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation and Title IX Sexual Harassment policy and procedures may be found at: https://www.maine.edu/board-of-trustees/policy-manual/section-402/

Title IX Coordinator
Elizabeth Lavoie
UMS Title IX Coordinator
101 North Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Ph: 207-581-5866
Fax: 207-581-5856

External Complaints
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Ph: 1-800-421-3481
Fax: 202-453-6012

For more information about resources available for students who have been victims of sexual discrimination or violence, please visit the Office of Title IX Student Services website at https://umaine.edu/titleix/ or contact Deputy Title IX Coordinator at 5748 Memorial Union, Room  308, Orono, ME 04469 Ph: 207-581-1406, Email: um.titleix@maine.edu

Consenting Relationships

Consenting relationships may constitute sexual harassment. When a professional power differential exists between members of the University of Maine System and a romantic or sexual relationship develops, there is a potential for abuse of that power, even in relationships of apparent mutual consent. Faculty and staff members are strongly advised not to engage in such relationships and must report any such relationship to Human Resources, without exception. 

The Consenting Relationship Guidelines can be found at: https://www.maine.edu/human-resources/human-resources/guidelines-regarding-consenting-relationships/.  Further, the University System prohibits the abuse of power in romantic or sexual relationships.

To assure that power is not abused and to maintain an environment free of sexual harassment, a faculty or staff member must eliminate any current or potential conflict of interest by removing himself or herself from decisions affecting the other person in the relationship. Decisions affecting the other person include grading, evaluating, supervising, or otherwise influencing that person’s education, employment, housing, or participation in athletics or any other University System activity.