Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students

Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students

It is the policy of the University of Missouri to provide equal opportunity for all enrolled students and applicants for admission to the University on the basis of merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or Vietnam era veteran status. To insure compliance with this policy, all prospective or enrolled students have available to them a student discrimination grievance procedure for resolving complaints and/or grievances regarding alleged discrimination.

This grievance procedure neither supersedes nor takes precedence over established University procedures of due process for any and all matters related to academic dishonesty, grade appeals, traffic appeals, disciplinary appeals, or other specific campus procedures which are authorized by the Board of Curators and deal with faculty/staff responsibilities.

A student with a complaint should contact the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee or the EEO/AA Officer to obtain a copy of the appropriate policies and procedures and obtain assistance in understanding the opportunities afforded through such policies and procedures.

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the student must file a grievance within 180 days of the discriminatory act.

 

Informational Contact

You may visit with one of the University’s Equality Aides to discuss a problem you suspect may be sexual or racial harassment. The Equality Aide may suggest solution methods or send you to visit with the Affirmative Action Officer. Equality Aides will notify the Affirmative Action Officer of each contact with a complainant. Alternatively, you may go directly to the Affirmative Action Officer to discuss the problem. Alternative solutionsmay be suggested.

 

Informal Resolution Process

If it is determined by the Affirmative Action Officer, based on the informational contact, that the behavior could constitute sexual or racial harassment, the Affirmative Action Officer will decide, in consultation with you, how to contact the accused to further investigate the complaint and to attempt an informal resolution of the complaint.

The accused will be contacted personally or through their supervisor. Typically the contact will be made in a timely fashion although delays may occur when deemed to be in your best interest.

The Affirmative Action Officer will meet with the individual accused of behavior which could constitute sexual or racial harassment. The Affirmative Action Officer will define the complaint and discuss the implications of sexual or racial harassment. The accused will have the opportunity to explain his/her actions and provide additional information.

The Affirmative Action Officer will propose an informal resolution based on the information obtained in the interviews with you and the accused. This informal resolution will include recommendations from the Affirmative Action Officer to both you and the accused for dealing with behavior which may constitute sexual or racial harassment.

You, as the complainant, will be given feedback about the Affirmative Action Officer’s contact with the accused.

The Affirmative Action Officer will meet with you for a follow-up visit 2-4 weeks after the attempt at an informal resolution is made to see if the unwanted behavior has stopped.

 

Referral to Formal Process

If you report at the follow-up visit that the unwanted behavior is still occurring, and it is determined by the Affirmative Action Officer that the accused  has not followed the recommendations discussed in the informal resolution process, the Affirmative Action Officer will contact the supervisor of the accused and/or encourage you to pursue the formal procedure for dealing with the harassment complaints.

An enrolled or prospective student should contact the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for specific information on the processing of a complaint. These discrimination procedures will not take precedence over established University procedures in matters related to academic dishonesty, grade appeals, traffic appeals, disciplinary appeals or other campus-specific procedures dealing with faculty/staff responsibilities.

 

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