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Discrimination Grievances and Sexual Harassment

The University prohibits discrimination

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 race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.  Sexual harassment shall be considered a form of discrimination.  To ensure compliance with this policy, all prospective or enrolled students will have available to them the University of Missouri Student 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 that are authorized by the Board of Curators and that deal with faculty and staff responsibilities.  These proceedings may be terminated at any time by mutual agreement of the parties involved.

Note: A grievance concerning specific incidents filed under this discrimination grievance procedure will not be processed on behalf of any student who elects to use another university grievance procedure. In addition, the filing of a grievance under these procedures precludes the subsequent use of other university grievance or appeals procedures for the same incident.

Definitions of grievances

A complaint is an informal claim of discriminatory treatment. A complaint may, but need not, constitute a grievance. Complaints are processed through informal procedures. A grievance is the written allegation of discrimination that is related to:

  • Recruitment and admission to UMKC;
  • Admission to, and treatment while enrolled in, an educational program;
  • Employment as a student employee on campus; or
  • Other matters of significance relating to campus living or student life, including, but not limited to: assignment of roommates in residence halls, actions of fraternities and sororities, memberships in or admission to clubs or organizations, student health services and financial aid awards.
When one of the following Sections is applicable, a grievance under Section 390.010 is not allowed for allegations within the jurisdiction of that applicable Section:

  • Section 200.025 Equity Resolution Process for Resolving Complaints of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and other Forms of Discrimination against a Student or Student Organization
  • Section 600.040 Equity Resolution Process for Resolving Complaints of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and other Forms of Discrimination against a Faculty Member.
  • Section 600.050 Equity Resolution Process for Resolving Complaints of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and other Forms of Discrimination against a Staff Member.
  • Grievance procedure

    The grievance procedure is outlined in this flow chart.  To begin the grievance process, a student must:

    • Identify a specific complaint that occurred within the last 180 days;
    • Identify a specific staff, faculty, office, or department said to be responsible for violating the students' rights; and
    • Identify a specific remedy that will settle your complaint.

    For more information, contact:

    Eric Grospitch
    Dean of Students
    Phone: 816-235-8955


    At any step in the Grievance Process, the Title IX Coordinator may be asked to serve as a consultant by any of the parties involved in the this grievance procedure.  For more information, please visit UMKC's Office of Affirmative Action or contact:

    Mikah Thompson, Esq.
    Director of Affirmative Action / EEO / Title IX Coordinator
    Administrative Center room 212
    5115 Oak Street
    Kansas City, MO 64112
    Phone: 816-235-6910


    UM System policies

    Student Grievance Procedure