Developing an Inclusive and Supportive Campus Climate
Institutional Equity and Compliance provides key leadership to the campus community in the development of an inclusive and supportive campus climate. Equity and Compliance serves as the civil rights office of the campus and reports directly to the Chancellor and the head of the office is a member of the Chancellor's Senior Administrative Team, actively participating in the governance of the institution.
The jurisdiction of the office includes oversight and support in meeting many of the federal and state regulatory mandates of the campus. However, our resources are also directed to working with the campus community to go beyond the minimum legal requirement to make the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a better place where individuals have the opportunity to reach their potential.
Institutional Equity and Compliance provides many services to the campus. We provide educational seminars on the search process, the Americans with Disabilities Act, non-discrimination and a variety of diversity topics. The office has developed a set of documents to support the search process that demonstrates our efforts and procedures to conduct fair and equitable searches.
Individuals with disabilities that are employed by the institution are assisted with reasonable accommodations that enable them to perform their job responsibilities. The Accommodation Resource Center is part of Equity and Compliance and provides assistance with adaptive technology to enhance the productivity of individuals on campus.
Pursuant to regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor, Equity and Compliance generates the campus affirmative action plans for women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities. The office is also responsible for providing institutional responses to external complaints and audits by governmental agencies.
The office investigates allegations of illegal discrimination and harassment. The process involves a neutral assessment of the underlying actions followed by a fair assessment of the situation with suggestions and recommendations for a resolution of the conflict. The focus of these internal investigations is to help facilitate an outcome that will enable individuals to experience an environment where they have an opportunity for success.