What types of concerns does EOAA consult on and investigate?

Discrimination and Harassment

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing an equitable work and learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The Board of Regents’ Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  For more information about each of these protected identities, please click here.  

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Relationship Violence (including Title IX)

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is also prohibited by Board of Regents’ policy.  The University of Minnesota also prohibits all forms of sexual violence, including assault, stalking, and relationship violence. The federal statute referred to as Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Nepotism

The Board of Regents’ Nepotism Policy governs conflicts of interest that result from personal relationships among members of the University community.  The University requires reporting of potential nepotism situations to Human Resources or to EOAA so that appropriate steps can be taken to avoid any prohibited activity.

Retaliation

The University of Minnesota prohibits retaliation against anyone who raises concerns about discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, or nepotism; opposes such practices; or participates in an investigation. Retaliation may include intimidation or harassment.

Allegations that someone is retaliating for reasons other than those connected to discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, or nepotism concerns are not addressed by EOAA.  For concerns about retaliation not related to discrimination, harassment or sexual violence, we encourage you to contact a supervisor, administrator, Human Resources, the Office for Conflict Resolution, or the Student Conflict Resolution Center.