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Civil Rights and Non-Discrimination

Higher education institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) or gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) in any program or activity of the University. The University is also prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability (the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990), veteran status or age. The University has established the following policy on non-discrimination:

Brown University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school administered programs.

The University designates officers who are responsible for issues of compliance and will be available to answer questions and provide advice. Procedures have also been established should students allege a grievance. Resource persons are designated to receive information, answer questions regarding University procedures and provide assistance to students who believe they have been subjected to racial and/or sexual harassment by faculty, staff or other students. These designated individuals are also available to provide information regarding options of proceeding through informal means and/or formal means (by the filing of a formal written grievance with the unit/office responsible for handling the matter). The individuals/offices designated this year are:

Racial Harassment Reporting Liaisons:

Racial Harassment - by faculty or staff
Liza Cariaga-Lo 863-2216
Wendy McRae-Owoeye 863-1787
Racial Harassment - by students
Office of Student Life Deans 863-3145
Administrator on Call (24 Hrs.) 863-4111
Mary Grace Almandrez, Dir, Third World Ctr 863-2120
Dept. of Public Safety (Reporting) 863-4111, TDD 863-1740

Sexual Harassment Reporting Liaisons:

Sexual Harassment - by faculty or staff
Dean Maria E. Suarez 863-3145
Sexual Harassment - by students
Dept. of Public Safety (Reporting) 863-4111
Consultation/Counseling: Administrator on Call (24 Hrs.) 863-4111
Gail Cohee, Sarah Doyle Women's Center 863-3402
Office of Student Life Deans 863-3145

The University also designates officers who are responsible for coordination and oversight of complaints under Title IX to ensure consistent practices and standards in handling these complaints. For matters involving students, the following individuals have been identified:

Alleged Harassment by Faculty or Staff:

Liza Cariaga-Lo

Associate Provost for Academic Development and Diversity

University Hall

Box 1862


Alleged Harassment by Students:

J. Allen Ward

Senior Associate Dean of Student Life

46 Charlesfield Street, 4th Floor

Box 2014


Under applicable federal laws and regulations, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is authorized to investigate complaints regarding discrimination in programs and activities. The regional office of the Office of Civil Rights can be contacted at the following address:

Office of Civil Rights

United States Department of Education

33 Arch Street Suite 900

Boston, MA 02110-1491