Non-discrimination Policy

In 1985 Williams College President Francis Oakley added “Sexual Orientation” to the Williams College non-discrimination policy. In 2003, under the tenure of President Morty Schapiro, we added gender identity and expression to the policy.

If you encounter discrimination at Williams because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or the way you express your gender, you can contact the Title IV officer, the Davis CenterCampus Safety and Security, or you can use the website Speak Up Williams (to anonymously report experiences of bias). All of these resources continuously receive training on LGBTQ+ issues and are more than happy to assist you.

“Williams College does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service. Any member of the College community who on any of these grounds feels discriminated against by another member of the community should take action.”

Additionally, in 2014, The US Department of Education clarified that gender identity is protected as part of Title IV.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any federal financial assistance (hereinafter “schools”, “recipients”, or “recipient institutions”) must comply with Title IX.

Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity
and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation. Similarly, the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the parties does not change a school’s obligations.