The Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance is responsible for ensuring and monitoring the university’s compliance with federal and state laws and university policies against discrimination. Discrimination occurs when a person or group of people are denied rights, benefits, equitable treatment, or access to programs or facilities available to others because of membership in a protected class. The protected classes include race, color, religion, age, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information.
Harassment is a form of discrimination on the basis of any protected class which is severe enough to deny or limit participation in or full benefit of employment or educational opportunity at Ohio University or severe or pervasive enough to create a work or educational environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
Every member of the university community has a responsibility to keep the environment free of discrimination and harassment. The University can take corrective action only when it becomes aware of problems. Therefore, the University encourages persons who believe that they have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment to come forward promptly with their inquiries, reports, or complaints and to seek assistance from ECRC staff. Supervisors have a responsibility to notify ECRC when they receive complaints of discrimination or harassment from parties within their units.
ECRC staff members are available to consult with any member of the university community regarding alleged discrimination and to receive complaints.