Access and Inclusion

The College does not discriminate in its educational policies on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, handicap or disability, or veteran/uniformed services status. The College does not discriminate in its employment policies on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, or veteran/uniformed services status. (Statement of Non-Discrimination - Bylaws of the Board of Trustees, October 2011, Article IX, Section 53).

The College complies fully with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and amendments.

The College has named the following individuals as coordinators to oversee the College’s compliance with the aforementioned amendments.

Equal Opportunity in Employment

Inquiries regarding equal opportunity in hiring and employment based on age, national/ethnic origin, race/color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation and veteran status.

Director of Human Resources, Chris Abbuhl, 1 Skinner Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075, 413-538-3126

Dean of Faculty, Sonya Stephens, 101 Mary Lyon Hall, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, 413-538-3093

Section 504 Coordinator

Inquiries regarding disability discrimination (including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations).

Dean of Students, Rene Davis, 300 Mary Lyon Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075 413-538-2550

Title IX Officer

Inquiries regarding Title IX of the Educational Amendments /discrimination based on sex and gender (including sexual harassment and sexual assault).

Dean of Students, Rene Davis, 300 Mary Lyon Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, 413-538-2550

The following individual have been designated as deputy Title IX coordinator for employment matters:
Director of Human Resources, Chris Abbuhl, 1 Skinner Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075, 413-538-3126

The College has established the following protocols to ensure that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to disability related discrimination in programs, activities, or services sponsored by the College.

Relocation Policy

Even with conscientious planning, there may be instances when a program, activity, or service is located in a facility that does not provide access  for participants with disabilities. The College is committed to providing access to our programs and activities.  To inquire about accessible features of a venue or to request the relocation of an event,  contact the host or office of the program, activity, or service.  Contact the Section 504 Coordinator in instances where the host or office contact is unknown or unresponsive.  Requests should come in at least two weeks in advance (whenever possible) so there is sufficient time to provide adjustments or relocate an event.   

Students with disabilities may also seek relocation of academic classes, residence hall assignment, or other College sponsored event or activity as an approved accommodation. Students should contact  AccessAbility Services to seek relocation as an accommodation. Again, requesters should provide sufficient time to provide the necessary accommodation(s) for participation or relocation.

Employees with disabilities seeking relocation as a work related accommodation should contact the Director of Human Resources at 413-538-2503.

Visitors with disabilities inquiring about the equal opportunity and access to participate in an event, activity, or service should contact the host or office of the program, activity, or service. Contact the Section 504 Coordinator in instances where the host or office contact is unknown or unresponsive.

Should there be any questions or concerns regarding implementation of the relocation policy, please contact the College's Section 504 Coordinator (see above).

Adverse Weather

There may be occasions during the academic year where adverse weather conditions call for the delayed opening, early closing, or cancellation of classes, programs, activities, or services.

When adverse weather conditions lead to the cancellations or closing of the College, the College will use several methods to ensure the campus community is notified. These methods include:

  • MHC weather line: 413-538-2330
  • Mount Holyoke College Gateways for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents
  • Community email announcement
  • TV – Channel 22 (WWLP), NBC TV affiliate and Channel 40 (WGGB-TV), ABC Affiliate
  • Radio – WFCR, New England Public Radio

Our goal is to have a decision about any campus inclement weather delays made and posted immediately or by 6:30 a.m. in situations where the decision is made overnight.

Many factors go into the decision regarding opening and closing with primary consideration resting with the safety of our students and employees. Campus entrances, walkways and parking lots are cleared to provide broad access to the community. Priority is given to walkways, ramps, parking lots, and building entrances that provide access to individuals with disabilities.

Should you encounter a barrier due to adverse weather, such as fallen tree limbs, snow, or ice, contact Facilities Management at 413-538-2012 to report the location and condition of the barrier. Facilities Management is available between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. After hours (4:00 pm – 7:00 am), you can reach the appropriate staff person by calling Campus Police at 413-538-2304.

Facilities Management consults with AccessAbility Services and Human Resources to identify and prioritize walkways, entrances, and parking specific to individuals with disabilities. This group gathers before and throughout the winter weather season to assess this information. Individuals with disabilities with specific routes, pathways or entrances of concerns should speak with the Director of AccessAbility services or Director of Human Resources.

The College has also adopted a "snow team" to monitor weather forecast with the potential of significant impact to campus. The constitution of the snow team is broad including the President of the College, Dean of Faculty Office, Human Resources and the Section 504 Coordinator.