The Office of Equal Opportunity And Affirmative Action (OEO/AA) is a professional resource dedicated to the University of Utah’s commitment to provide a fair and equitable environment for individuals to pursue their academic and professional endeavors and to equally access University programs. In order to further this commitment, the OEO/AA is responsible for ensuring University practices and nondiscrimination policies are in full compliance with all federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, and provide processes to fairly and effectively resolve complaints, provide reasonable accommodations, and to make appropriate corrections. The OEO/AA acts as a point of contact with state and federal agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the OEO/AA assists the University in meeting its commitment to achieving a truly integrated and diverse work force by preparing the University’s Affirmative Action plans, monitoring and reporting on their effectiveness, and by acting as a resource for University department’s in their recruitment processes.
The Director of the OEO/AA, serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and is responsible to oversee the University’s response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects on the campus climate so the University can address issues that affect the wider school community.
The Director of the OEO/AA serves as the University’s ADA/Section 504 Coordinator and is responsible to oversee the University’s efforts to comply with the ADA and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; to ensure that University programs and facilities are accessible for faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as for public access for University health care, services, and programs; and to provide prompt and equitable processes for responding to requests for reasonable accommodations and for resolving complaints.
The OEO/AA is responsible for ensuring compliance with the following University policies:
Policy 1-012, University Policy 1-012: University Nondiscrimination Policy. Rev. 2
Policy 5-106, Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Employment
Policy 5-107, Consensual Relationships
Policy 5-117, ADA Policy, Reasonable Accommodation and Access
Rule 1-012, Discrimination Complaint Rule
Rule 1-012A, Discrimination Complaint Process Rule
Rule 1-012B, Sexual Misconduct Complaint Process Rule
Procedure 1-012, Discrimination Procedure Rule
The OEO/AA provides the following services:
- Consultation concerning issues of possible discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment or retaliation.
- Investigation of complaints of discrimination, sexual misconduct (which includes sexual assault or sexual violence), harassment and/or retaliation.
- Trainings or education:
- Policies that prohibit discrimination
- Disability accommodations
- Title IX of the Education Amendments Act
- For managers and supervisors
- Chairs and Deans
- Graduate students and TAs
- As “guest speakers” for academic courses
- Sexual Violence: Prevention Education and Response
- Consultation or training for search and committees
- Consultation regarding reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities and for religious accommodations
- Consultation regarding disability access problems
- One-on-One trainings or consultations
- Customized trainings or education for your department or group