The University of Michigan is committed to the success of all our students, staff and faculty. By working to create an environment that values and celebrates our diverse community and fosters respect for every individual, you can help ensure that all persons can perform up to their full potential.

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Office of Institutional Equity

Mission & Vision Statement

Inclusion is fundamental to our mission. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to creating and maintaining a working and learning environment that embraces individual differences.  We celebrate and recognize diversity. The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is committed to insuring that all staff, faculty and students have equal access and opportunities, and receive the support needed to be successful. Our unique differences, similarities, qualities, attributes, experiences, values and perspectives of our faculty, staff and students creates a united and inclusive campus community. 

Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity is a campus community partner to build an environment that empowers people and values their unique contributions. OIE is committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory & harassment free learning, research and work environment. This includes, but is not limited to all policies, practices, and conditions of employment. 

Filing a Complaint

Report Harassment and Discrimination

To report discrimination and/or harassment prohibited by university policy, please contact: 

Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity
1020 Administration Building
Office: (313) 593-5190
Email: HumanResourcesDearborn@umich.edu

Complainant Information

Download this document for more information about filing a discrimination or harassment complaint.

Respondent Information

Download this document file for more information about filing a discrimination or harassment complaint.

Who may file a complaint?

Any person (e.g., faculty, staff, student, parent of a student, campus visitor, hospital patient, spouse of an employee, etc.) may report what they believe to be an act of discrimination or discriminatory harassment to the Office for Institutional Equity. However, only those faculty members, staff members, and students connected with the University are eligible to file a complaint of discrimination or discriminatory harassment with oie against another University faculty or staff member. In either instance, the office will respond.

Additionally, any faculty, staff, or students connected with the University may file a complaint directly with oie if they believe they are being retaliated against because:

  • they challenged what they believed to be a discriminatory behavior, or

  • they provided information or participated in an investigation of a claim of discrimination or discriminatory harassment.

Schedule an appointment by contacting the Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity at (313) 593-5190.

The Role of the Office for Institutional Equity in Responding to Reports and Complaints of Discrimination

The Office for Institutional Equity is an administrative office, not an internal judicial or legal office. Its function is to determine whether University policies or procedures regarding discrimination or discriminatory harassment have been followed. If violations are found, the Office works to remedy the situation and relieve the complainant of the burden imposed on her or him by the inappropriate actions.

The OIE consultant remains impartial at all times when investigating a charge of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or retaliation. The consultant is neither an advocate nor an adversary with respect to the complainant, the person accused, or witnesses. The consultant is responsible for gathering any evidence that will help the University meet its requirements for nondiscrimination, regardless of whose position that evidence supports.

Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment Resolution Goals

  • Provide timely, sensitive, and discreet responses to complaints and reports of discrimination, discriminatory harassment and retaliation.

  • Investigate complaints and reports of discrimination thoroughly and impartially, and work to arrive at an appropriate and equitable resolution.

  • Work to improve the University's response to reports and complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation.

OIE Resources & Services

For faculty and staff interested in diversity teaching and curriculum resources please visit Diversity Matters.

The University of Michigan Policy and Procedures on Student Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

Title IX

Title IX is a part of the Educational Amendments of 1972 which bans sex discrimination in educational institutions. 
Title IX was created to promote gender equity within the U.S. educational system and guarantee girls and women the same opportunities as boys and men.

The law states: 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. (Source: www. www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/​titleix.htm)

Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention & Reporting

The University of Michigan (University or U-M) values civility, dignity, diversity, education, equality, freedom, honesty, and safety, as described in the Statement of Student Rights & Code of Conduct, and is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from sexual harassment, and sexual assault, collectively referred to in this policy as sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct jeopardizes the mental, physical, and emotional welfare of our students, as well as the safety of our community. Sexual misconduct diminishes students’ individual dignity and impedes their access to educational, social, and employment opportunities. It can permanently impact students’ lives and may cause lasting physical and psychological harm. Sexual misconduct violates our institutional values and its presence in the community presents a barrier to fulfilling the University’s scholarly, research, educational, patient care, and service missions. Sexual misconduct, therefore, will not be tolerated at the University of Michigan and is expressly prohibited.

Michigan Definitions of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Crimes

To file a formal student complaint:

The Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity, 1020 Administration Building, 313-593-5190

The Office of Enrollment Management & Student Life, 1060 Administration Building, 313-593-5151

To file a police report:

Sexual violence is a crime. In addition to submitting a formal student complaint, students are encouraged to file a police report with the Dearborn Campus Police Department. 

Dearborn Campus Police Department, 1300 Campus Support Services Building

DIAL 9-1-1 For help anywhere on campus, using a campus phone. 

Emergency Phones connect directly to dispatch; pick-up any campus emergency phone to be immediately connected to the dispatch office.
DIAL (313) 593-5333 to contact our 24-Hour Dispatch 
A Dispatcher is available to receive your call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including weekends and holidays.

DIAL (313) 593-9953 to reach Police Department Administrative Phone 
Department Business Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
E-mail Requests - public-safety-requests-UMD@umich.edu

To speak with someone without making a formal complaint, students are encouraged to contact:

Counseling Services, 2157 University Center, 313-593-5430

Counseling Services offers confidential counseling for students. 

Emergency Crisis Counseling: Helping Students in Distress

Need Immediate Help? 

  • 313-593-5430  UMD Counseling

  • 800-273-8255  National Suicide Hotline

  • 734-721-0200  Psychiatric Intervention Center

  • 800-799-7233  National Domestic Violence Hotline

Women’s Resource Center, 2106 University Center, 313-583-6445

Additional Resources:

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)

Spectrum Center

Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner's Program (SAFE)

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to inclusion and equity in the administration of all campus programs, services and activities including athletics, and the admission of students, employment actions, research or other sponsored activities. If you have concerns or for more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity (313) 593-5666.

University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct & Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

Our Community Matters Resource Guide

Addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The University of Michigan is committed to providing a safe learning, working and living environment, and does not tolerate violence of any type, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This resource guide is intended to assist university students, faculty, and staff who may have experienced these violations to understand their options for reporting to law enforcement and the university and to make them aware of support services, including confidential resources, that we provide and those that are available in the community.

See the PDF Guide

OUR COMMUNITY MATTERS 

Addressing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Resource Guide July 15, 2015

The University of Michigan is committed to providing a safe learning, working, and living environment, and does not tolerate violence of any type, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

This resource guide is intended to assist university students, faculty, and staff who may have experienced these violations to understand their options for reporting to law enforcement and the university, and to make them aware of support services, including confidential resources that we provide, and those that are available in the community.

Immediate Help

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger:
Dial 911 (Emergency)

Call the University of Michigan-Dearborn Police Department at (313) 593-5333

For immediate confidential crisis intervention or support, call SAPAC’s 24-hour crisis line at (734) 936-3333

You may report to the university, to law enforcement, to both, or neither.

We encourage you to report what you have experienced to law enforcement and to participate in the university’s internal review process, but you are not obliged to do so. Later in this guide, you will see more information about how to report to the university and/or to law enforcement, and about how the university will review reports it receives.
The resources, support, and protective measures described in this resource guide are available to you even if you decide not to participate in university or law enforcement processes.

In some cases, if you make an initial report but then decide not to participate further, the university may still need to review and investigate the information provided, and may also be obligated to share the report with law enforcement for possible handling through the criminal justice system. Even in such cases, though, you do not have to participate in the university or law enforcement processes if you do not wish to do so.

Preserving Evidence

Sexual Assault

All victims of sexual assault have a right, under Michigan law, to have a forensic medical examination and evidence kit collected up to 120 hours (5 days) after the assault in order to preserve any evidence of the assault. The forensic exam will be administered by a registered nurse who has received advanced training to provide care and treatment to sexual assault victims.

Even if you are not sure that you want to make a police report, it can be helpful to have any available evidence collected in case you decide to make a report with law enforcement at a later date. The nurse can also provide emergency contraception, treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other needed medical care. Sexual assault forensic exams will not be billed to medical insurance without your consent.

You can obtain a forensic exam and evidence kit at any of these facilities:

Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner's Program (WC SAFE), (313) 964-9701

Beaumont Hospital- Dearborn, (313) 593-7000

Affirmative Action & OIE Diversity Initiatives

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an equal opportunity & equal access employer. The University is committed to compliance with all applicable laws regarding non-discrimination. The University strives to build a diverse community in which opportunity is equal for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, handicap, or Vietnam-era veteran status, in recruitment, employment, promotion, compensation, benefits, or training. If you have concerns or for more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity (313) 593-5666.

The university is required to develop Affirmative Action Plan(s) (AAP) under The Executive Order 11246 as amended, which prohibits discrimination by federal contractors with respect to women and minorities. The purpose is to provide all applicants and employees an equal opportunity and to further maintain a bias-free work environment.

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act

University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to equal employment in all aspects of employment for individuals with a disability. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and State laws, and consistent with the university's Policy on Harassment and Discrimination, it is the policy of the university to provide reasonable accommodations in employment to individuals with disabilities unless the reasonable accommodation would impose an undue hardship of the operation of the university's business or would change an essential function of the position. Our human resources team is committed to engaging in an interactive process during the accommodation when an request is made. Please contact the Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity for information and assistance (313) 593-5190.

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act - Resources & Services For Students

The University of Michigan-Dearborn  is committed to providing equal educational access for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA) of 2008. An individual with a disability who is qualified for admission will have the same access to programs, services, and activities as all other students. The university will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, and procedures unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity, or pose an undue administrative or financial burden. The university will provide services in a manner that promotes independence and inclusion in all aspects of university life. For more information contact the Student Success Center & Counseling Center (313) 593-5430 or visit http://umdearborn.edu/campus-life/health-wellness/counseling-services.

Information for Veterans

University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to the goal of equal opportunity in employment.  To further this goal, the university has established a non-discrimination policy, which prohibits discrimination against protected veterans.  Additionally, the university is in compliance with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), as amended as well as other applicable federal and state regulations. 
 
The university's protection of protected veterans extends to applicants for employment as well as current employees. Both applicants and employees are welcome to self-identify as protected veterans under the university's Affirmative Action Program. Self-identification is completely voluntary and information provided will be kept confidential.  

Definitions

"Disabled Veteran" means a veteran who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs for a disability rated at 30 percent or more, or at 10 or 20 percent if determined by law to have a serious employment handicap, or a person who was discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability. 
 
"Veteran of the Vietnam-era" is a person who: 
  • served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days, and was discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge, if any part of such active duty occurred: 
    • in the republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975; or 
    • between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975, in all other cases or 
  • was discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability if any part of such active duty was performed: 
    • in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975: or 
    • between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 in all other cases. 
"Other protected Veterans" are veterans who served in active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, other than disabled veterans or veterans of the Vietnam Era.
 
"Newly Separated Veteran" is any veteran who served in active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during the one-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty. 

Veteran Resources & Services For Students

Services and activities for veteran students are provided by the Veteran Services Center, 2174 University Center.  For more information contact the Veteran Affairs Coordinator (313) 436-9196 or visit www.umd.umich.edu/veteranservices.

Campus Resources

For Immediate Emergency Assistance Contact Campus Public Safety

Counseling & Disability Services

Enrollment Management & Student Life (EMSL)

Office of Student Engagement (OSE)
LGBTQ & Inclusion

Ombuds Services

Women's Resource Center

Human Resources
Institutional Equity