Dear students, faculty and staff,
The past year has shown us that our strength, solidarity and mutual support can help us through the most difficult times. We are grateful to the community we are all working together to build: a community that reflects our culturally rich city and cares about the well-being of all of its members. Equity and inclusion are central to UIC’s mission to advance access to excellence and achievement in academic programs, research and healthcare. The Office for Access and Equity proudly reaffirms our campus’s commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.
As part of our strategy to continue our diversity efforts and increase the representation of under-represented populations, the OAE is responsible for monitoring our Positive action plan. Cultivating a workforce of members of diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives makes UIC stronger and better positioned to meet the needs of our students and our community.
In addition to increasing representation, we also strive to create an environment that is inclusive and fosters mutual respect. One component of building an inclusive campus involves positive daily interactions with those around us. The OAE contributes to this objective by maintaining the Declaration of non-discrimination, which prohibits illegal discrimination and harassment based on protected classes, and investigates allegations of illegal discrimination.
The OAE is also responsible for ensuring campus compliance in matters related to Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. The OAE applies UIC rules. Policy on the Prohibition of Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct, and the U of I System Statement on Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct. Complaints about sexual misconduct can be reported on the OAE web page.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are also administered by the OAE. The ADA coordinator of the OAE supervises the Employee adaptation policy and supports employees in their accommodation requests. Applications for student accommodation are facilitated by the Disability Resource Center.
While we understand the importance of ensuring university compliance with federal and state law, the OAE also appreciates going beyond compliance to a culture that is inclusive and welcoming for everyone. Through dispute resolution services, OAE offers resources to help resolve interpersonal and group conflicts with the goal of creating safe and productive academic and work environments.
For more information, please see oae.uic.edu or call us at 312-996-8670.
Caryn A. Invoices
Access and equity
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