The KU Medical Center and the Equal Opportunity Office are dedicated to the recruitment, development and retention of outstanding leaders and educators who inspire an environment that engages minds, expands knowledge and fosters academic excellence. To achieve this goal, the KU Medical Center campus must be one that is free of all forms of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. Any form of discrimination, coercion or retaliation will not be tolerated.
The mission of the Equal Opportunity Office is to eliminate barriers and enhance opportunities for recruiting and retaining a qualified and diverse workforce. The Equal Opportunity Office implements and monitors affirmative action initiatives, resolves discrimination complaints, oversees the KU Medical Center's reasonable accommodation policy and is responsible for receiving and investigating reports of sexual violence. EOO also provides information and educational programs regarding equal opportunity, sexual harassment, discrimination, disabilities, reasonable accommodation, hiring, recruitment and affirmative action.
Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment
EOO is responsible for conducting confidential investigations into allegations of discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, color, ethnicity, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or retaliation. Investigations are carried out in accordance with the University's Discrimination Complaint Resolution Process. Once an investigation is complete, EOO will make a determination as to whether discrimination or any other conduct contrary to policy has occurred and will provide recommendations for resolution.
As a federal contractor, the KU Medical Center is required to draft and implement an annual Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). The Equal Opportunity Office monitors the KU Medical Center's efforts to increase diversity through its AAP and ensures that the plan outlines strategic initiatives and sets goals to identify and recruit diverse, qualified and talented faculty and staff. EOO also provides assistance to hiring managers in producing an effective recruitment plan and in implementing procedures that include: proactively communicating the availability of positions to a broad and diverse range of qualified candidates; developing strategies to attract available members from underrepresented groups; and encouraging potential candidates from underrepresented groups to apply for positions.
The Director of the Equal Opportunity Office has been designated as the Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for coordinating compliance with Title IX and responding to inquiries concerning gender equality or sexual violence. The KU Medical Center is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the University community is, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. In accordance with the University's Discrimination Complaint Resolution Process, the Title IX Coordinator conducts a prompt investigation into claims of gender-based discrimination and/or sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and draws a conclusion based upon a preponderance of the evidence. The Title IX Coordinator also recommends remedial and preventative action when appropriate. At any point before, during or after an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator may determine that interim or remedial measures directed at the parties, witnesses or a broader University population are necessary and appropriate to prevent and/or respond to sexual harassment or sexual violence.
The Equal Opportunity Office believes that promoting outreach and education to all faculty, staff, members, residents, graduate teaching assistants, and students, fosters a community of mutual respect and increases awareness of the strength in diversity and inclusion. EOO training provides opportunities for increased learning and understanding of anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, affirmative action hiring policies, reasonable accommodations policies, as well as other related KU Medical Center policies and procedures.