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Nondiscrimination Policy

The University’s Nondiscrimination Policy prohibits students, employees, contractors, affiliates, volunteers, and visitors from engaging in discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected characteristic. This prohibition applies to all programs and activities—including admissions and all employment actions, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, transfers, and benefits. The University will investigate all complaints made under this Policy and, if necessary, take action to prevent the recurrence of prohibited discrimination, harassment, or retaliation and remedy its effects. These procedures, as amended from time to time, have been established to ensure compliance with the Nondiscrimination Policy and are intended to be consistent and compliant with the procedural and substantive provisions of appropriate state and federal law and regulations.

For specific questions regarding URI’s Language Access Plan Procedures, the University of Rhode Island’s Nondiscrimination Policy, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact the Dorca Paulino-Smalley, Office of Equal Opportunity, Director, 75 Lower College Road, Kingston, Rhode Island 02881, 401-874-4929 or

Other reinforcement agencies include:
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
180 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
401-222-2661 or 401-222-2664
Office of Civil Rights, Region I
US Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921
(617) 289-0111

United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Center for Civil Rights Enforcement
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
(866) 632-9992


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