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Discrimination and Complaint Procedures

Consistent with the IUPUI Equal Opportunity Policy, and federal and state nondiscrimination legislation, the following guidelines and procedures have been established to address complaints of unlawful discrimination. Within a reasonable time, faculty, staff and students, visitors, prospective employees or other individuals having complaints on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or Vietnam era veterans status should contact:

Director
IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity
Union Building
UN 117
620 Union Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-2306

Within fourteen days of receipt of a formal written complaint, the Director shall proceed with conducting an investigation of the complaint for the purpose of effecting a resolution. The processing of complaints by the IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity will adhere to the following principles and guidelines:

  • A direct personal interview will be held with the complainant or victim for the purposes of completing a "Formal Complaint Form," and to gather specific information detailing the nature of the allegations.
  • Efforts will be made to restrict information regarding complaints to the complainant, the accused party, and those persons directly involved in the resolution of the matter.
  • All records, memoranda, correspondence, and other infortnafion/materials related to complaint investigations conducted by the IUPUI Affmnafive Action Office shall be retained for a period of no less than three years.
  • Complaint investigations will be conducted as promptly as possible, and the results will be reported in writing to the complainant and those persons party to the resolution of the matter.
  • If a complaint is found to be valid, action will be taken through appropriate channels of the University to rectify the situation and to reasonably ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future. University complaint channels for appeal will be opened to either the complainant or the accused party.
  • University policy prohibits retaliation against an individual because of the filing of a complaint, or cooperating with a complaint investigation. Such incidents will be considered seriously and action will be taken expeditiously to prevent such conduct.

To help accomplish this, the Trustees of Indiana University adopted an equal opportunity/affirmative action policy that is based on resolutions dating from 1969 and reaffirmed unanimously in 1995. The trustees stated, "In reaffirming this policy, which has served us well, we must advocate and perpetuate performance which reflects this commitment. We must and will hold ourselves accountable for our decision and action."

Each year, IUPUI reaffirms its commitment to this policy and to observing requirements embodied in federal and state laws, executive orders, guidelines, and regulations designed to promote affirmative action and assure equal opportunity. As part of that reaffirmation, we expect deans, directors, and others who have administrative responsibility and authority to carry out the policies of the trustees and to pursue our shared diversity goals effectively. In addition, individual employees are to display an attitude of collaboration and cooperation by performing their duties in a manner that clearly reflects the principle of equal opportunity in every aspect of university life.

Our policy at IUPUI prohibits discrimination against anyone for reasons of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or status as Vietnam-era or special disabled veterans. We will continue to promote and provide equal opportunity in education and training programs, employment, admissions, and all other activities for faculty, staff, and students. All personnel actions, such as compensation and fringe benefits, transfer, promotion, training for employees, as well as all university-sponsored social and recreational programs, will be administered in accordance with our equal opportunity policies.

I have assigned responsibility for communicating, interpreting, and monitoring this equal opportunity policy to Kim D. Kirkland, who directs the Office of Equal Opportunity at IUPUI. This office maintains a comprehensive program which has been accepted by all relevant agencies of the federal government. It is located in the Administration Building, 355 North Lansing Street, Room 127. For copies of the official university policies, for information on these policies, or for complaint procedures, call (317) 274-2306.