Institutional Equity

EKU Employee Online Educational Training:

On November 28, 2015, employees received an email from Work Place Answers directing them to a link to take the Unlawful Harassment Prevention, EEO Laws and Discrimination Prevention, and Title IX Awareness and Violence Prevention trainings. These trainings are mandatory for all part-time and full-time employees (including student workers, graduate assistants and interns) even if an employee recently completed the trainings under the previous system. Going forward, all employees must complete the three training modules once every two years as a condition of employment. All new employees must complete the three trainings within 30 days of their employment.

Employees can initiate and re-enter the modules. They do not have to be completed in a single session. Supervisors should provide employees work time to complete the trainings.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is responsible for the administrative management and policy implementation of the University's equal opportunity and affirmative action programs. We are obligated to be objective and un-biased, operating outside of any other agendas within the University.  Our mission is to promote a learning and working environment that provides equal opportunity, that is fair and responsible, and that is free of discrimination and harassment for all members of the University community.

The office performs the following four functions in service to the University community

Affirmative Action Plan
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is responsible for developing the University's affirmative action program and for maintaining data on all employment activity. The staff reviews university policies, practices and procedures for EO/AA compliance.

Recruitment and Selection Practices
The Office of Equity and Inclusion monitors the University's recruitment and selection activities for compliance with EO/AA.

Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Resolution
Students and employees should direct complaints of alleged discrimination/harassment to the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The Office of Equity and Inclusion processes complaints based on race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), age (40 and over), sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran status, national origin and genetic information.

Workshops and Educational Programs
The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers workshops on sexual harassment and discrimination issues. OEI staff makes presentations to classes and to departments upon request. Additionally, OEI is available to participate in orientation sessions and meet with search committees.

Click Here for Eastern Kentucky University's University Diversity Plan (UDP).  The plan is written by the University Diversity Office and submitted to the Council on Post-Secondary Education for the 2011-2015 years.