Meet Our Staff
Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer.
Welcome to Kansas State University's Office of Institutional Equity. As outlined in OIE's vision statement, this office serves as a vital resource and leader in promoting and furthering the university's commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all members of its community.
The director serves as a liaison between OIE and certain academic and administrative units. In the director's absence, other staff members will be available. We can provide guidance, interpret policies and procedures, meet with search committees, collaborate with you to resolve complaints, among many other things. Investigative staff conduct investigations of possible violations of the university's anti-discrimination policy, develop relevant training materials and deliver training to the campus community.
Justin Frederick (he/him) - Director and Title IX Coordinator
Strengths: Restorative | Context | Adaptability| Arranger | Responsibility
Justin Frederick joined the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in September 2022 as Interim Director and in July 2023 Justin was named Director of the Office. Justin leads the university's civil rights efforts, including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 503, and coordinates the Equal Opportunity Program. In this role, Justin provides leadership in furthering K-State's commitment to equity and equal opportunity for all members of the K-State community, and serves as a resource to university leadership, faculty, staff, and students regarding civil rights and equity matters. Justin also advances the strategic goals of the university and all aspects of federal/state civil rights as mandated under PPM 3010.
Prior to joining The Office of Institutional Equity, Justin served as Assistant Dean in Student Support & Accountability (formerly the Office of Student Life) since 2017. Prior to working at K-State Justin worked in Housing & Residential Life at multiple institutions, most recently as Associate Director of Housing at Webster University. During his career, Justin has served as Coordinator of Conduct for Housing, Title IX Investigator, and Dining Advisory Board Chair. Justin also has previous professional experience in trauma informed interviewing, student organization advising, and Safe Zone programming. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration from University of Central Missouri.
Tim Hegarty (he/him) - Investigator
Strengths: Achiever | Futuristic | Strategic | Activator | Relator
Tim joined the Office of Institutional Equity as an Investigator in February of 2022. He previously served the Manhattan/Riley County community as a member of the Riley County Police Department where he retired as Commander of the agency's Criminal Investigations Division. Just prior to joining K-State, Tim held the position of Chief Investigator for the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University, a Master of Business Administration degree Benedictine College, and a Master of Science degree in Justice Administration from the University of the Cumberlands.
Eric Bicaba (he/him) - Investigator
Strengths: Achiever | Analytical | Consistency | Relator | Discipline
Prior to joining the Office of Institutional Equity as an Investigator, Eric worked as a Child Protective Services Investigator in Tennessee. He led investigations while partnering with different Law Enforcement agencies, from local departments to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Eric previously worked for United Health Services and conducted internal investigations pertaining to complaints of misconduct and non-compliance. He has experience working in Higher Learning as he worked as the Multicultural Advocate for the Office of Student Life and Leadership at Austin Peay State University. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Management from Austin Peay State University.
Amber Shumway (she/her) - Investigator
Strengths: Adaptability | Achiever | Ideation | Arranger | Restorative
Amber received her bachelor degree in biology from Blackburn College in 2014 and Master degree in college student affairs from Eastern Illinois University in 2016. Prior to joining the Office of Institutional Equity, Amber has been at K-State since 2016, she worked in Housing and Dining from 2016-2021 and the Office of Student Life from 2021-2022.
Amanda Ruthstrom (she/her) - Office Manager
Strengths: Responsbility | Communication | Empathy | Includer | Woo
Amanda joined the Office of Institutional Equity in February 2021 as Office Manager. She provides department personnel with support and overseas all office procedures, while maintaining confidentiality and customer service. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Kansas State University in 2014 and has been a lifelong K-State fan. She has worked in various social work roles which brings exceptional experience in engaging with the individuals who interact with OIE.