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refers to employment or educational practices that ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of 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.
is one aspect of efforts to ensure equal opportunity. The purpose of affirmative action programs is to promote fairness and address the effects of past discrimination by encouraging, among other things, targeted outreach efforts to attract underutilized minorities and women.
refers to human qualities that differ among groups or individuals. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience, and job classification.
Although equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity are all different, they are interrelated. Together, they provide a strong foundation for the University’s efforts to achieve a fair and inclusive workplace.
The Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance supports and advances the University’s commitment to inclusion and equity by providing advice and leadership to administrators, faculty, and staff in their efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and to ensure a learning community free from discrimination and harassment.
ECRC offers training on all policies related to equal opportunity and discrimination: including policies 40.001, 03.003, 03.004, and 03.006, and the civil rights laws from which the policies were developed. This includes Title VII, Title IX, the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act among others. Training is generally done by request, and in consultation with supervisors or managers of units wishing to receive training. If you would like to request training for your unit, please fill out the form on the right side of this website.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against or harassed based on membership in a protected class (race, gender, etc.), retaliated against based on a protected activity (filing a complaint, participating in a complaint investigation, etc.), you may have a legitimate complaint.
ECRC investigates complaints of violations of the:
University employees may initiate a request for an accommodation due to a disability by contacting University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. Students may register for an accommodation by contacting Student Accessibility Services.
The Office of the Ombudsman is a confidential service open to all members of the Ohio University community. The Ombudsman’s internal role is to listen, interpret policy, facilitate or mediate and make recommendations and suggestions for institutional policy. The Office of the Ombudsman is not a part of the ECRC complaint process, and contacting the Ombudsman does not put ECRC on notice of an issue.
ECRC covers all regional campuses and centers of Ohio University. All university policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected status are enforced by ECRC in concert with the deans of the regional campuses. If you are a student or employee on a regional campus who feels discriminated against or harassed, please contact the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance at 740-593-9140, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may also fill out the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form and deliver, email, or fax to ECRC at 740-593-9168.