Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement

Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics and housing) which it conducts, or in any employment policy or practice. Any complaint arising by reason of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Office, Eastern Kentucky University, Jones Building, Room 106, Coates CPO 37A, Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102, (859) 622-8020, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. 20202 1-800-421-3481(V), 1-800-877-8339(TDD).

The Equal Opportunity Office and the Office of the Dean of University Programs are charged with the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.  Sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of sex discrimination that are prohibited by Title IX and may include off campus conduct of such nature.  The Equal Opportunity Office is charged with the University’s compliance with Title IV and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Inquiries concerning Title IV and Title IX compliance are coordinated through:

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Sara Zeigler
Dean, University Programs
201 Keen Johnson
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-2222
Email: sara.zeigler@eku.edu

and the Deputy Title IX Coordinators: 

Val Parks 
Assistant Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion
Coates103
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-8221
Email: val.parks@eku.edu

Jeremy Enlow
Policy, Compliance and Governance Analyst
Jones 106
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-8020
Email: jeremy.enlow@eku.edu
     

The Title IX Coordinator has ultimate oversight responsibility for the University’s Title IX Program and Title IX inquiries and complaints.  Working collaboratively with the Title IX Deputy Coordinators and other University resources, the Title IX Coordinator identifies and addresses any patterns or systemic problems that may arise during the review of such inquiries or complaints.  The Deputy Title IX Coordinators also respond to Title IX, Title IV and Title VII inquiries and complaints, provide training and conduct complaint investigations.  Any questions regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators.

Please refer to the full version of this policy and the Sexual Harassment Policy on the University's policy web site for the associated complaint process and more information. 


Veterans Statement

It is the policy of the University that there shall be no discrimination in employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation and any other condition, or privilege of employment, on the basis of status as a disabled veteran, recently seperated veteran (as defined by P.L. 107-288), veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or veteran who participated in a US military operation for which an Armed Force Services Medal was awarded pursuant to EO 12985, with regard to any position for which such individual may be qualified. This policy is intended to be in compliance with the University's obligation as a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, specifically 38 USC Sec. 4212, and its implementing regulations, 41 CFR 60-250. Any complaint arising by reason of alleged discrimination shall be directed to: Equal Opportunity Office, Eastern Kentucky University, Jones Building, Room 106, Coates CPO 37A, Richmond, Kentucky 40475-3102, (859) 622-8020.