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Office of Equal Opportunity & Access


University of Cincinnati: Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities.

The University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on these bases and takes steps to ensure that students, employees, and third parties are not subject to a hostile environment in University programs or activities.

The University responds promptly and effectively to allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It promptly conducts investigations and takes appropriate action, including disciplinary action, against individuals found to have violated its policies, as well as provides appropriate remedies to complainants and the campus community. The University takes immediate action to end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects of any hostile environment on affected members of the campus community.

UC is committed to the ideal of universal Web accessibility and strives to provide an accessible Web presence that enables all university community members and visitors full access to information provided on its websites. Every effort has been made to make these pages as accessible as possible in accordance with the applicable guidelines.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, age, and veteran status:

Tamie Grunow
Sr. Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer                                      
Section 504/Title II Coordinator
340 University Hall
51 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0039
Phone: (513) 556-6381

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or expression:

Jyl Shaffer
Title IX Coordinator
3115 Edwards I
45 Corry Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH  45221
Phone: (513) 556-3349

About Us

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Access is responsible for ensuring compliance with university policies and federal and state laws pertaining to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The Office:

  • Coordinates the development and implementation of the University of Cincinnati affirmative action plan, equal opportunity policies and procedures, and promotes diversity in all of the programs and activities of the university in consultation with colleges and administrative offices
  • Investigates and resolves complaints of discrimination filed by students, staff, and faculty
  • Conducts education and awareness programs in the areas of Sexual Harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Diversity, and Affirmative Action




Donna Bowman. BA
Assistant Director       
Karla Phillips, MEd, BBA
Assistant Director


University Hall, Suite 340
51 Goodman Drive, ML 0039
PO Box 210039
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0039              
Office Phone:    513-556-5503
Office Fax:         513-556-5509  
(faxes sent to confidential email)
Confidential Email:

What We Do

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Access has the responsibility of developing, revising, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the affirmative action program and plan, and the equal employment practices of the University of Cincinnati.
The Office of Equal Opportunity & Access, in recognizing and protecting the rights of all university community members, promotes these on-going activities:

  • Review internal policies and procedures to ensure the university meets its legal obligations and its commitment to both the letter and the spirit of the law.
  • Review all personnel appointments to ensure the full utilization of protected class members.
  • Maintain data and statistics on the current utilization status of protected class members.
  • Work with departments in the development of affirmative action programs for the recruitment and support of protected class members.
  • Provide publications such as the university's annual Affirmative Action Report, and brochures on sexual harassment, discrimination, diversity, and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
  • Act as a resource for information on affirmative action/ equal employment opportunity legislation.
  • Conduct activities to resolve complaints of discrimination from employees and students.

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The mission of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access is to provide the highest quality leadership in the development of programs that will assist the University of Cincinnati community to achieve a diverse work force and ensure access to employment and educational opportunities for all persons.


The vision of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access is to serve as a strategic partner promoting equal opportunity and diversity at the University of Cincinnati.

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The Office of Equal Opportunity & Access has the responsibility for monitoring the full implementation of the university's Affirmative Action Plan and for facilitating its implementation. The duties and responsibilities of the office include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • To assist the colleges and administrative units to achieve diversity and inclusion through the use of affirmative action strategies.
  • Development, dissemination, and execution of policy statements, affirmative action programs, and internal and external communication measures.
  • Assist in the identification of problem areas and facilitating the establishment of goals in cooperation with vice presidents, deans and department directors.
  • Assist the deans, department directors and managers in arriving at solutions to problems.
  • Design and implement audit and reporting systems that will:
  • Measure the effectiveness of the university's programs.
  • Indicate the need for remedial action.
  • Determine the degree to which the university's goals and objectives have been attained.
  • Serve as liaison with people of color, women, veterans, disabled and other organizations and community groups to promote equal opportunity and inclusion.
  • Keep the university's vice presidents, deans, and department directors informed of the latest developments in the equal opportunity area.
  • Ensure that employees are informed of the university's internal appeals procedures and that they are afforded an opportunity to have redress on any matter concerning equal opportunity. Persons who exercise their rights under the university's grievance and appeals procedures, or under any federal, state, or local statute may do so without fear of reprisal or discrimination.
  • Investigate all internal complaints professionally, objectively and in a non-partisan manner while maintaining fairness to all concerned.


  • Develop equal opportunity policies and procedures.
  • Review and approve all personnel appointments.
  • Assist departments in establishing and achieving goals.
  • Maintain employment statistics on all employees.
  • Provide education and awareness programs.
  • Investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination.

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