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Office of Institutional Equity

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.

 

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Stephanie Lott
Director and Title IX Coordinator

Strengths: Arranger | Responsibility | Input| Individualization | Achiever

Stephanie Lott joined the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) as the Director of OIE/Title IX Coordinator in April 2021. Stephanie 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, Stephanie 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. Stephanie also advances the strategic goals of the university and all aspects of federal/state civil rights as mandated under PPM 3010.

Prior to joining K-State, Stephanie served as the Title IX and Institutional Equity Coordinator at Arkansas State University. During their seven-year tenure at A-State, Stephanie also served as a Student Conduct Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Director of Student Conduct. Stephanie also has previous professional experience in housing and residence life, and DEIB programming. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication Studies from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Master of Arts in Education degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Western Kentucky University.

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Jennifer Wheeler Haskins
Investigator

Strengths: Achiever | Relator | Connectedness | Developer | Analytical

Jennifer joined the Office of Institutional Equity as an Investigator in October 2021.  Prior to joining K-State, Jennifer worked in numerous legal, ethics and compliance roles for Walmart, Inc., both in the United States and globally.  In those roles, she investigated and/or managed thousands of allegations of misconduct.  Additionally, Jennifer worked for a private law firm engaged in litigation and as a deputy prosecuting attorney, handling felony and misdemeanor cases, as well as serving as county attorney in Benton County, AR. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Law Degree from the University of Arkansas.     

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Timothy Hegarty
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.

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Amanda Ruthstrom
Office Manager

Strengths: Responsbility | Communication | Empathy | Includer | Woo

Amanda joined the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in February 2021 as Office Manager. She provides OIE personnel with support and overseas all office procedures and workflow efficiency, 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.