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Learning Environment

UMKC strives to maintain the best possible learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  Below are descriptions of policies set in place to help preserve this environment in the classroom and around campus, as well as links to more information.


Maintaining a Positive Learning Environment

The University of Missouri is committed to providing a positive work and learning environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect, regardless of their status. Intimidation and harassment have no place in a university community. To honor the dignity and inherent worth of every individual — student, employee or applicant for employment or admission — is a goal to which every member of the University community should aspire and to which officials of the University should direct attention and resources.

With respect to students, it is the University’s special responsibility to provide a positive climate in which students can learn. Chancellors are expected to provide educational programs and otherwise direct resources to creative and serious measures designed to improve interpersonal relationships to help develop healthy attitudes toward different kinds of people and to foster a climate in which students are treated as individuals rather than as members of a particular category of people.

With respect to employees, the strength we have as a university is directly related to maintaining a positive work environment throughout the institution. The University should provide a positive recruiting and work environment focused on the duties and skills of work to be performed. It is the expectation of the University that all employees and potential employees will be treated on the basis of their contribution without regard to personal characteristics not related to competence, demonstrated ability, performance or the advancement of the legitimate interest of the University.

For alleged violations of the policy, faculty, staff and students may use their respective grievance procedures approved by the Board of Curators in the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri.


Read the UM Grievance Procedures for Students.

Read the UM Policy on Maintaining a Positive Work and Learning Environment.

Notice of Nondiscrimination and Title IX Compliance

UMKC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status, in admissions, educational programs or activities and employment. The University complies with all federal and state laws and University of Missouri System policy regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the state of Missouri Human Rights Act Chapter 213 RSMO.

To ensure compliance with this policy, all University of Missouri prospective or enrolled students have available to them the Student Discrimination Grievance Procedure for resolving complaints and/or grievances regarding alleged discrimination related to recruitment, admission, treatment in an education program, student employment, or other matters relating to campus living or student life. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: “ No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance” -Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulations at 34 C. F. R. Part 106.
Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, assault, and/or violence.
Title IX is often thought of as the law that applies to athletic programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to all programs at UMKC.

UMKC is dedicated to the safety and security of all our students, faculty and staff. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are trained to receive complaints of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence and sexual assault from students, faculty, or staff and will coordinate with each other, as well as Campus Police and other campus Administrators and Officials to ensure that any complaints are resolved in an appropriate manner. The office of Affirmative Action will provide the primary resource for the investigation of sexual harassment complaints and will coordinate with the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, Campus Police to handle complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual violence and assault.

Any questions can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator:

Michael Bates
Director of Affirmative Action
Administrative Center, room 212
5100 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-6910
batesmd@umkc.edu

Read the University of Missouri's policy on Sexual Harassment.

More information about Title IX Compliance at UMKC.

Learn more about UMKC's Violence Prevention and Response Program.

Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students.

Open Campus and Time, Place and Manner Policy

The “open campus” has long been a traditional policy at UMKC. During formal sessions or in informal settings, the entire academic community, students, faculty and staff, have the right to hear and express varying viewpoints. These discussions often center on such areas as educational, research or service functions and objectives of the University.

In addition, the freedom to demonstrate in an orderly fashion as a means of presenting views is recognized by the University. However, UMKC does not condone demonstrations that interfere with the freedom of decision and action of other students or that prevents the free movement of students to or from classes, lectures, seminars or employment interviews. When such demonstrations occur, the institution and academic community must take action, even if such action protects the rights of just one student.

Freedom of expression is one of the hallmarks of a democratic society. While orderly demonstrations are not to be interpreted as infractions of University rules, disorderly demonstrations that disrupt the normal life on campus are considered violations. In these cases, individuals who are responsible will be subject to the established disciplinary procedures and policies.

The following time, place and manner policy applies to all rallies, demonstrations or similar activities:  all events shall be registered through the Office of Student Involvement at least ten working days before the event by completing the permit request form.  Any organization holding a rally, demonstration or like event shall appoint four students to act as marshals.  It will be the duty of the marshals to ensure that all participants are properly instructed as to provisions of these regulations and that no action is performed which will reflect discredit on the student body or UMKC. The marshals' names must be listed on the permit request form. The organization, as well as all individuals participating, are responsible for following the Student Conduct Code. If the organization is distributing handbills or leaflets, the group is responsible for the clean-up. Use of a sound system must be approved on an Area Equipment Request Form. Failure to abide by this policy may cause the permission for the use of the facility to be withdrawn at any time, or denial of future demonstrations.

Intellectual Pluralism

The University of Missouri--Kansas City respects the views and perspectives of all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of their political views or religious beliefs.   As such, the University welcomes intellectual pluralism and the diversity of ideas.

Academic evaluations should be based solely on the context of the appropriate course content. Any member of the campus community who believes he or she has been treated or evaluated unfairly based on their differences of beliefs should contact the UMKC HelpLine at 816-235-2222 or utilize the on-line form. 

Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

It is the policy of the University of Missouri, in accord with providing a positive discrimination-free environment, that sexual harassment in the work place or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct.  Sexual misconduct is subject to discipline, up to and including separation from the institution.

UMKC's Violence Prevention and Response Project aims to strengthen the University and community response to gender-based and sexual violence through victim support services, advocacy, training, education, and outreach to the campus and community.


Read the University of Missouri's policy on Sexual Harassment.

More information about Title IX Compliance at UMKC.

Learn more about UMKC's Violence Prevention and Response Program.

Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students.

Students' Right to Know

Various state and federal laws, specifically the Higher Education Opportunity Act, require Colleges and Universities to provide information and notice to students on a variety of topics. In accordance with Public Law 101-542, UMKC reports 72 percent of its first-time full-time degree-seeking freshman return the second year. The UMKC Police Department publishes an annual campus report on personal safety and crime Statistics. The Report includes statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by UMKC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. The report is available at the UMKC Police Department, 5005 Oak Street.


Read the Annual Crime Statistics Report Online.
Read the Consumer Information.

Guide to Group Living

The Residential Life Guide to Group Living is a reference for our students and staff to the policies, resources, and general information about living in Residential Life. Although our policies are also listed in the terms of agreement on the contract, these policies are also on-line for your convenience. If you have questions about the Guide, please talk with your RA/ALA or Residential Life Coordinator.


Read the Guide to Group Living.