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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.

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 160 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:

Jeff Traiger
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 816-235-5660
E-mail: Traigerj@umkc.edu

 

At any step the Director of Affirmative Action may be asked to serve as a consultant by any of the parties involved in the this grievance procedure.  The Director of Affirmative Action is the contact for all Title IX complaints including sexual harassment.  For more information, please visit UMKC's Office of Affirmative Action or contact:

Michael Bates
Director of Affirmative Action
Administrative Center Room 212D
Phone: 816-235-6910

 

Resources

UM System policies

Student Grievance Procedure