Kansas State University has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIE) supports the University's mission to promote human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and opportunity through fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the University community. The vision of OIE is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect, professionalism, and inclusiveness for all members of the Kansas State University community. OIE staff provides guidance, support, and delivery of programming, services, and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
OIE works with the University community in implementing and upholding policies and practices that are consistent with federal and state mandates as well as existing University policies regarding equal access, equal employment and educational opportunity for all persons, without regard to race, color, ethnicity or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military or veteran status.
To fulfill its mission the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIE):
- Leads the initial evaluation of reports of discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence, promptly organizes an impartial and thorough administrative review, if necessary, and recommends equitable resolution of complaints;
- Serves as a dispute resolution clearinghouse with the Ombudspersons, Employee Relations, University Attorney, Mediation Services, Office of Academic Personnel, Division of Human Resources, and Human Systems Consultant;
- Writes the Affirmative Action plan and program to comply with Federal requirements;
- Develops and delivers tailored AA/EEO educational programs concerning discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, affirmative action, respectful workplace and diversity;
- Monitors the attainment of affirmative action goals;
- Recommends, writes, interprets and implements AA/EEO policies and procedures;
- Advises the K-State community on AA/EEO policies and procedures;
- Provides information, consultation, training and resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, retaliation, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters;
- Provides individual consultation with University managers, supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
- Provides oversight of and support for the University’s compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, retaliation, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws; and
- Coordinates requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), investigates and resolves ADA complaints, and serves as liaison to the State of Kansas ADA Coordinator.