Student Handbook

Smith College Student Rights and Responsibilities

Smith College Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

Smith College affirms that diversity in all aspects of the educational environment is necessary to achieve the highest level of academic excellence. As a central element of its commitment to excellence, the College seeks to maintain an environment that is free of conduct that unreasonably interferes with the academic and professional experience of any member of its community.

The College is committed to creating an educational environment that is open to all individuals without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin/ancestry, religion, sex or gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or veteran status/membership in the uniformed services.

The Equal Educational Opportunity Policy provides procedures that will be used when a college student believes that they have experienced discrimination by a staff or faculty member, in violation of the College’s policies and procedures related to nondiscrimination. The policy does NOT cover allegations of sexual harassment, complaints of employment discrimination, or grade disputes. For sexual harassment complaints, please see the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Some forms of gender-based and sexual misconduct may fall within the scope of the college’s Discriminatory Harassment Policy. For allegations of discrimination in employment practices, please see the College’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for Employees. Grade disputes are governed by the College’s Grade Dispute Policy.