Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance


The Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance is a system-wide department charged with monitoring the University’s compliance with federal, state and institutional policy guidelines that promote a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment. This includes investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment, making policy recommendations, advising units about hiring policies and processes, offering mandated training within the University community, ensuring educational and/or workplace support services for persons with disabilities, and monitoring compliance with the University's affirmative action initiatives.

Mission Statement

The Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance is charged with promoting, sustaining, and advancing a learning, working, and living environment that is fair, inclusive, and welcoming for all members of the Missouri State University community.

The Office supports and cultivates cultural competence and ethical leadership in all its aspects through compliance, education and training, and fostering inclusive excellence. Concerns about violations of Missouri State University anti-discrimination policies brought by any member of the university community are addressed by the Office and brought to resolution as indicated. Further, because education is the cornerstone of this institution, the training of all employees to recognize and prevent discrimination in the workplace is integral to creating and sustaining a vital culture that extends equal opportunity for all people to learn, work, and grow to their fullest potential.

Services Provided

Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity and is committed to providing equal opportunity to its academic and work settings and ensuring its campuses are free of discrimination and harassment.  The university believes a rich diversity of people and points of view enhances the quality of the learning, working, and living environment at Missouri State University.

The Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance was established to provide leadership for the university's commitment and efforts to promote institutional equity and a diverse university community free of discrimination and harassment.  We provide counseling, advice, and information to all members of the university community in the shared effort to create a diverse and inclusive learning, working, and living environment free of discrimination and harassment.

Although the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance is formally charged with ensuring the university's compliance to federal, state, and local affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, providing affirmative action and equal opportunity is the shared responsibility of all members of the university community.

Major compliance areas

  • Nondiscrimination (non-merit factors:  age, sex, race, religion, etc, etc)
  • Title IX
  • Disability
  • Affirmative Action
  • Searches
  • Religious accommodations

Program areas

  • Diversity Hiring program
  • Dual Career Assistance Program
  • Disability accommodations for employees
  • Return-to-Work program for injured employees
  • Multicultural/interfaith calendar
  • Diversity blog

Outreach and training

  • Preventing Employment Discrimination (online course)
  • Preventing Sex Harassment (online course)
  • Conflict resolution training programs in cooperation with the Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Offer a number of training programs throughout the year on topics ranging from stereotypes and diversity awareness to diversity recruitment strategies. 

In the News


President Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers


On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order extending workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans in the federal contracting workforce.

Executive Order 11246 protects workers employed by or seeking jobs with federal contractors and subcontractors from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Through this action, President Obama amended EO 11246 to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will be tasked with implementing this order.

Learn more about this executive action:

  • Read the new Executive Order.
  • Watch video of the signing ceremony (transcript).
  • Get the Fact Sheet explaining why LGBT equality is good for business.
  • Check out Secretary of Labor Tom Perez’s Blog on this action.
  • See some of the reactions on the White House Blog.


MSU Students to Receive Training on New Title IX Policy


The Missouri State University Board of Governors recently approved a comprehensive policy to deal with sexual misconduct on campus. The Title IX policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct is a new approach formulated to improve upon existing complaint procedures in place to address issues of discrimination and sexual harassment. KSMU’s Alissa Zhu has more on the decision .






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