Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

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.

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:

Mikah Thompson
Title IX Coordinator and Director of Affirmative Action
Administrative Center, room 212
Kansas City, MO 64110

Read the University of Missouri's Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity Policy

Read the University of Missouri's Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in Education/Employment Policy

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

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.

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. 

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 Student 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.