Equal Opportunity

The University of Maine at Augusta 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).

Faculty, Staff and Students

Complaints against faculty or staff or challenges to a university practice
If a faculty, staff, or student believes that they are being discriminated against and the concern involves actions by a faculty, staff member, or the issue relates to a university practice, the complaint may be resolved using the University of Maine System Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure. This procedure provides for both informal and formal complaint resolution mechanisms.

You may also request an investigation online.

Complaints against students
If a faculty, staff, or student believes that they are being discriminated against and the concern involves actions by a student, the University of Maine System Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure provides that formal complaints are resolved through the University of Maine System’s Student Conduct Code process. Such conduct may be reported to:

Laura Rodas, Associate Dean of Students
219 Randall Student Center, Augusta Campus
Laura.Rodas@maine.edu
207-621-3226

Members of the Public

The University of Maine System provides a mechanism for individuals who are neither employees nor students of the University but who believe that they have been discriminated against to raise these concerns through the University of Maine System Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedure. You may also request an investigation online.

For more information, contact:

Amie Parker

Director of Human Resources

Amie.Parker@maine.edu

207-592-3618

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Phone: 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)

Guidelines regarding Service Animals

These University of Maine System guidelines serve to outline the rules for the presence of service animals on university campuses and, if applicable, in residence halls, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments.

Service animals are permitted in any campus setting that is open to the public with individual exceptions in places where the presence of an animal may compromise a sterile environment. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, wellbeing, comfort or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

Under the ADA, service dogs must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective sounds. A service dog must be under the control of the handler at all times. A service dog may be removed from campus premises if the dog is out of control, aggressive to others, or significantly disruptive, or if the dog is not housebroken. If it is necessary to ask the dog to be removed, every effort will be made to assure that the handler still has access to the programs or services at the institution without the use of the service animal. In addition, service dogs must be licensed and fully inoculated in accordance with applicable municipal ordinances and state laws.

Service dogs are subject to local dog licensing and registration requirements.