Equal Opportunity and Non Discrimination

Equal Opportunity

MCLA is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action, and dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people. 

MCLA does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital or parental status, or veteran status.

MCLA prohibits discrimination or discriminatory harassment on all of those bases. Such behaviors violate the Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation found in the College’s Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Plan (EO Plan). Violations of this policy will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.

The Non-Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation Policy applies in all MCLA programs and activities, including but not limited to, athletics, instruction, grading, housing, and employment. The Policy applies to all members of the campus communities, including but not limited to, students, faculty, librarians, staff, visitors, contractors and applicants for employment or admission. They also apply to off-campus conduct that negatively affects a community member’s experience in the College environment.

MCLA has appointed an Equal Opportunity Officer (“EO Officer”) to oversee its compliance with the EO Plan, as well as with the state and federal non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws.  Anyone with questions, concerns or complaints regarding discrimination, discriminatory harassment or retaliation may contact the EO Officer using the contact information below.

For more information about this, please refer to the Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Plan (EO Plan)

EO Officer

Nicole Comstock
Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
Office Location: 309C Venable Hall (Please email or call ahead to schedule an appointment.)
Phone: 413-662-5571
Email: Nicole.comstock@mcla.edu
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

Link to Download Equal Opportunity Complaint Form