The Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance is a system-wide department charged with ensuring 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.
The Office also 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. Since education is the cornerstone of this institution, the training of all employees and students to recognize and prevent discrimination in our academic environment is integral to creating and sustaining a culture that extends equal opportunity for all people to learn, work, and grow to their fullest potential.
The Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance is charged with promoting, sustaining, and advancing an academic, working, and living environment that is fair, inclusive, and welcoming for all members of the Missouri State University community.
Major compliance areas
- Nondiscrimination (non-merit factors: age, sex, race, religion, etc, etc)
- Title IX
- Affirmative Action
- Legal & Effective Search (See My Learning Connection)
- Religious Accommodations
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
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 http://ksmu.org/post/msu-students-receive-training-new-title-ix-policy .
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.