The Office of Equity (OE) was created to administer the University's Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies by addressing all complaints of discrimination and harassment based on sexual misconduct and protected characteristics, reported by University students, faculty, staff and/or third parties.
In addition to the University's Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policies, the OE also enforces the Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships Policy and the Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action.
The OE employs comprehensive, unbiased, resolution processes to ensure safety and prevent further harm, offer support resources, understand the scope of the problem, and determine options for resolution.
The Office of Equity is currently reviewing the new Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights that were announced on May 6, 2020. These regulations must be implemented on an aggressive timeline at a challenging time for our University, but we will work with our campus stakeholders and make the changes necessary. We must comply with this new federal law by August 14, 2020.
Currently, we advise that you wait to complete the mandatory two-hour Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct training until you receive further communication from our office or the University regarding updates to university policy and procedures based on the new Title IX regulations.