Policies and Reporting

Policies are important because they show us we matter. This should help you understand and access official UMKC and University of Missouri systemwide policies.

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Nondiscrimination Policies

University of Missouri System Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status and any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. The university’s nondiscrimination policies apply to any phase of its employment process, any phase of its admission or financial aid programs, other aspects of its educational programs or activities, and instances occurring in other settings, including off-campus, if there are effects of the conduct that interfere with or limit any person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs, activities or employment. Notices of nondiscrimination are posted online and in physical locations for the UM System and each of the campuses.

Read the Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy

Nondiscrimination in student organizations

A student at the university assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the university's function as an educational institution and voluntarily enters into a community of high-achieving scholars. A student organization recognized by the University of Missouri also assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the university's function as an educational institution. Consequently, students and student organizations must adhere to community standards in accordance with the University’s mission and expectations.

View the Standard of Conduct

Chosen and Preferred Names

UMKC acknowledges that many students use names other than their legal name to identify themselves. Adding a chosen name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. Your official name is your legal name. Your official name is used for financial aid, transcripts, international student I-20 and other documents required by the university.

Chosen names will be displayed in the Pathway student center, Pathway class roster and Pathway grade roster. Additionally, a preferred name may be used to change your Student ID and is displayed in other university-maintained software applications, such as Canvas.

Students who choose to take advantage of this preferred name policy are subject to the University Collected Rules and Regulations, as well as the University of Missouri - Kansas City Acceptable Use Policy for technology.

Set your chosen name in Pathway (PDF) 

Legal Name Change

OutLaws, the UMKC Law School’s organization for LGBTQIA+ law students and their allies, provides free consultations for UMKC students interested in a legal name change or birth certificate amendment. Law students will be supervised by a licensed attorney.

Additional name change information

Reporting Harassment

The UMKC Title IX Office helps students, faculty, staff and visitors get the support they need if they experience sex-based discrimination.

Examples of sex-based discrimination

• Sexual harassment
• Sexual misconduct
• Stalking on the basis of sex
• Intimate partner and relationship violence
• Sexual exploitation

If you are aware of, witness or experience sex discrimination, you can file a report to the Title IX Office.

Report sex discrimination

Bias or hate incident

If you are aware of, witness or experience a bias or hate incident, you can file a report to the Office of Affirmative Action.

Report a bias or hate incident