Title IX and the OEOC

Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion complies with and fully supports the mandates administered through the university's Title IX coordinator and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance. We stand behind the encouragement of fair and equal treatment for all including students, faculty and staff members on the U of A campus.

Always remember: The University of Arkansas prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, equal pay/compensation, age (over 40), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and retaliation and any other characteristic protected characteristic under applicable federal and state laws.

  • Discrimination is defined as adverse employment action taken against you based on the above protected factors.
  • Harassment is defined as repetitive, severe or pervasive behaviors or comments that creates an intimidating or offensive environment.
  • Retaliation is a negative/adverse action taken against you because have engaged in protected activity such as verbal or written statements indicating harassment or you are a witness cooperating in an investigation.

To report a concern or request an accommodation, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Office at (479) 575-4019 or oeoc@uark.edu. You can also file a complaint or grievance online with a Public Incident Report. Request a disability or religious accommodation online with a Public CARE Report.


Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance (OEOC)

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance guides, assists, and monitors the University community to encourage fair and equal treatment of all individuals in the processes that affect education and employment by enforcing all federal/state laws and regulations as well as university policies and procedures related to civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and non-discrimination.


About Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits any form of discrimination based on a person's gender. This specifically means that Title IX prohibits incidents such as: Sexual Assault/Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Domestic/Dating Violence, Stalking, Discrimination based on pregnancy, and etc. Title IX requires that a university, once placed on notice, must review and respond to the incident(s).

The Title IX Coordinator oversees the university's compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Title IX Coordinator works with university administration, departments, students, faculty, staff, campus police and other support services to ensure that university policies and programs foster a campus community free of illegal gender discrimination and sexual violence.

REPORTING A VIOLATION: To report an act of gender discrimination or sexual harassment (including sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic/dating violence and stalking), contact the Title IX Coordinator at 479-575-7111 or submit a Title IX Report online.

 

The University of Arkansas prohibits discrimination against and harassment of its students, faculty and staff, or any applicant for employment. It is the policy of the University of Arkansas to provide an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential through equal opportunity. The university should be a place of work and study for students, faculty and staff. One that is free of all forms of discrimination, sexual intimidation and exploitation.

Therefore, the University of Arkansas is committed to providing equal opportunity for all students and applicants for admission and for all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, age, gender, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. In addition, discrimination in employment on the basis of genetic information is prohibited.

It is the responsibility of the University of Arkansas' Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance to investigate and resolve all allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, marital or parental status, genetic information and sexual orientation.

For more information or to report allegations of discrimination, contact: Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance. Phone: 479- 575-4019, TDD: 479-575-3649 or titlevii@uark.edu.

View the complete text of the non-discrimination policy

As defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. These actions include written communication of a sexual nature, offensive remarks about a person’s sex, regardless of where such conduct might occur. Harassment also occurs when there is conduct that, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual's work or education, or adversely affects an individual's living conditions.

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas to provide an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The university should be a place of work and study for students, faculty, and staff, which is free of all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Therefore, it is the policy of the University of Arkansas, to prohibit sexual harassment of its students, faculty, and staff and to make every effort to eliminate sexual harassment at the university.

View the complete text of the sexual harassment policy

 

The University commits itself to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to a program of affirmative action not solely because of legal requirements, but because it believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. Further information about the university's affirmative action programs and about state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination is available in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

The University of Arkansas complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statutes and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Free language assistance (oral or written) is available for LEP individuals to the extent required to provide meaningful access to programs and services.

This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title IX Coordinator in large print, on audiotape and in Braille.