Policy on Valuing Diversity

Simmons College is first and foremost an academic community that prepares women and men to be well informed, open minded, and sensitive to values. We strive to foster an atmosphere within which students may develop the resources to become actively engaged members of society and to lead rich personal lives. We hope to achieve these goals through an active and continual exchange of ideas among students and faculty and the general College community. To ensure that these goals are attained, Simmons has committed itself to the following principles.

Simmons College strives to ensure that all decisions concerning hiring and promotion of faculty and staff, or the educational progress of its students, are based on considerations appropriate to an academic institution and not on factors such as race, color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, handicap, or veteran status.

All students are given equal access to the College's programs and resources. In accordance with applicable law, admission to the College's undergraduate baccalaureate program is reserved to women. The College is committed to admitting students of any race, color, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, national and ethnic origin and disability to all programs and activities made generally available to students at the College, including scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, and other College-administered social, educational, recreational programs, and student services.

Simmons College subscribes to the policies set forth in Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandates equal opportunity for qualified handicapped persons in educational programs and activities. Simmons College strives to ensure that all decisions concerning hiring and promotion of faculty and staff, or the educational progress of its students, are based on considerations appropriate to an academic institution and not on factors such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, handicap, or veteran status.

Furthermore, Simmons College is committed to creating an atmosphere within which the diversity of its members' individual roles meets with understanding, respect, and encouragement, and where discrimination and harassment by any member of the faculty, staff, or student body against any other will be condemned and redressed. The College does not tolerate sexual harassment of employees or students.

Complaints of discrimination or harassment should be addressed to the applicable dean for appropriate action (see Policy on Nondiscrimination)