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Grievances

The University of Missouri System's policy is 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. 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 this 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 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 the 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.

A student with an informal complaint will be provided a copy of the appropriate policy and procedure on student complaints and grievances, and the vice chancellor for student affairs’ designee, the director of Student Life, and the Division of Diversity, Access and Equity will be available to help the student understand the opportunities afforded through such policies and procedures. The director of Student Life is located in room G-6 of the University Center. The Division of Diversity, Access and Equity Office is located in room 359 of the Administrative Center.