Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
Kansas State University will maintain academic, housing, and work environments that are free of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), and retaliation. Read the university's full Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence, and Procedure for Reviewing Complaint. The policy defines discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
K-State uses an administrative review team to investigate and resolve complaints. The team consists of
- an Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) staff member and
- a responsible administrator, who may be a department head or an individual appointed by the president, provost and senior vice president, vice president, associate vice president or dean.
The objectives of the team are to conduct a thorough and complete investigation and to issue findings and recommendations based on credible information.
Investigate and Resolve Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Dating/Domestic Violence Complaints
The OIE responds to reports and complaints or concerns about discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran. OIE also responds to complaints of retaliation, sexual violence and dating/domestic violence.
OIE staff interviews individuals who report discrimination or harassment, organize an administrative review team to evaluate the report and determine how to resolve the report.
If an investigation is warranted, the team prepares a complaint, informs the accused, interviews witnesses and obtains relevant documents, decides whether discrimination or harassment has occurred, and recommends appropriate sanctions and corrective actions, if necessary.
Provide EEO Counseling
OIE staff provides informal confidential assistance on concerns that, if true, would not amount to a policy violation for discrimination or harassment. They
- listen to concerns, help individuals to evaluate situations and select options to resolve concerns;
- answer questions, make referrals for mediation, employee assistance, human systems consultant, and ombudspersons; and
- explain complaint resolution procedures.
OIE staff may review documents, or contact department officials to ask questions about policies, practices, or procedures, but they will only disclose an individual's name with the individual's permission. However, in situations where there is risk of injury, danger to health and safety, disruption of operations or loss of property, staff must inform appropriate K-State officials. OIE staff does not make administrative or academic decisions.