Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

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The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution operating under nondiscrimination provisions of Title 41, Ohio Revised Code; Titles VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Vocational Rehabilitation Act section 504; Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act, as amended; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended as related to admissions, treatment of students, programs and activities, and employment practices.

It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at the University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or status as a veteran. The University of Akron prohibits sexual harassment of any form in all aspects of employment and in its programs and activities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual and racial or ethnic orientation in employment and admissions.

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Formal Complaint

Title IX, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination complaints involving respondents who are non-students will be investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (EEO/AA). 

A formal complaint involves an investigation, when appropriate, and will conclude with a written finding providing whether, by a preponderance of the evidence, there has been a violation of The University of Akron’s Sexual Harassment and/or Affirmative Action Policy. The complaint can be made by contacting the Office of EEO/AA.

The investigation is conducted in good faith to provide a prompt, adequate, reliable, equitable, and impartial investigation of the formal complaint.  The Office of EEO/AA also investigates allegations of retaliation, as defined by this Policy. 

Informal Resolution

Note: In some instances, the parties may agree to an informal resolution.  The main purpose of an informal resolution is to stop the offending behavior. Some examples of an informal resolution may include, but are not limited to, educational counseling with the respondent, or disciplinary action against the responsible employee.  An informal approach does not result in finding a policy violation.  An individual may choose to advance to the formal process at any time.  Incidents of sexual assault will not be subject to an informal resolution.  

Prior to the resolution of a formal Title IX complaint, and to ensure compliance, the Title IX Coordinator, or relevant Deputy Title IX Coordinator, will review any proposed resolution (finding and sanctions, if any).  The failure of an investigator to find sufficient information for cause is not the same as filing a false allegation. 

Even absent a finding of responsibility for a Title IX violation, the University may still institute remedial actions deemed necessary to remedy any effects, including but not limited to, education/training. 

The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution operating under nondiscrimination provisions of Title 41, Ohio Revised Code; Titles VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Vocational Rehabilitation Act section 504; Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act, as amended; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended as related to admissions, treatment of students, programs and activities, and employment practices.

It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at the University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or status as a veteran. The University of Akron prohibits sexual harassment of any form in all aspects of employment and in its programs and activities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual and racial or ethnic orientation in employment and admissions.

Click Here to view our complete Affirmative Action Policy

Reasonable Accommodations Request for Faculty and Staff
The University of Akron is committed to the prevention of disability-based discrimination as defined by state and federal law and to equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals. The University's policies and procedures strive to increase inclusion and to provide full and equal access to programs, activities, benefits and services of the university. The Office of Employee Relations and the ADA Coordinator work with other campus offices to remove environmental barriers and to provide reasonable accommodations to enable employees with disabilities to fully realize their potential and to contribute fully to the work of the University.

To initiate a request, please fill out the Request for Accommodation form.

Reasonable Accommodations Request for Students

To initiate a request, please fill out the Student Request for Accommodation form.

For any issues around Campus Accessibility Michael Spayd in Human Resources at (330) 972-6716.

The University of Akron is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws. This commitment is to ensure the prompt and full utilization of protected classes by ensuring equal opportunity in employment opportunities with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap/disability, gender identity and veteran status. The University of Akron will seek to recruit, employ and promote qualified members of protected classes as defined by law. A great public university also is a diverse university, serving its communities best when it reflects their composition and offers all industrious and capable individuals the means to pursue the American Dream. To achieve this ideal, I personally endorse this policy and expect full cooperation and assistance from everyone involved in or associated with hiring, developing and promoting personnel.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in higher education.

Questions regarding Title IX may be directed to Jolene Lane, Chief Diversity/Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity and the University’s Title IX Coordinator, whose office is located at Buchtel Hall 209, Akron, OH, 44325. She may be reached at 330-972-7522 or jolenelane@uakron.edu.

Our Deputy Title IX Coordinator is Michelle Smith who may be reached at 330-972-5146 or msmith5@uakron.edu.

Questions also may be directed to the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights at their website or 800-421-3481.

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
University of Akron
185 East Mill Street
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-7300 | Phone
(330) 972-5816 | Fax
univakroneeo@uakron.edu

Meet The Team

Daniel Nicolas | Director, EEO/AA
E-Mail dnicolas@uakron.edu

Ohio Civil Rights Commission 
Akron Government Bldg., Suite 205 
161 S. High Street 
Akron, OH 44308

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
1375 Euclid Avenue, Suite 600 
Cleveland, OH 44115

U.S. Department of Labor 
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 
55 Erieview Plaza, Suite 520 
Cleveland, OH 44114

Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
OCR Website

800-421-3481