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What is the role of the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) at Ohio University?

The Office for Institutional Equity 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.

I am on a regional campus, can OIE help me?

OIE covers all seven regional campuses and centers of Ohio University.  All university policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected status are enforced by OIE 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 for Institutional Equity at 740-593-9132, by email,, or you may also fill out the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form and deliver, email, or fax it to the Office for Institutional Equity at 740-597-9059.

What are the differences between Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Diversity?

Equal opportunity 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.

Affirmative action 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.

Diversity 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.

What types of training does OIE offer and when is the training available?

OIE 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 contact the Office for Institutional Equity at 740-593-9132.

How do I know if I have an OIE complaint?

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.

What is a Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator is the University official responsible for ensuring that Ohio University complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of gender discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) at Ohio University.

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

Dianne Bouvier, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director
Office for Institutional Equity

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to protect the rights of those with disabilities.  It is intended to promote equal access in programs, services, and activities by requiring reasonable accommodation and removal of barriers.


If I have a learning and/or physical disability, who should I talk to about receiving accommodations?

If you are a student with a disability, you should contact Student Accessibility Services, 740-593-2620, 348 Baker Center (  If you are faculty or staff, you should first notify your supervisor, explaining that you have a disability and your need for an accommodation.  For further assistance, contact the Assistant Director for Employee Accommodation and Campus Accessibility at 740-593-9132, 101 Crewson House (

What is the University Ombudsman?

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 OIE complaint process, and contacting the Ombudsman does not put OIE on notice of an issue.