Civil Rights & Investigations
The Office of Civil Rights & Investigations focuses on practices that make all members of the University of Idaho community feel welcome, wanted, accepted, respected and supported. Chief among these practices is providing professional and authoritative advice with respect to university matters that concern access and inclusion in all aspects of the university.
To ensure the embedding of successful diversity policies and practices in all facets of the university, integral to achieving inclusive excellence and cultural change, the director recommends and assists in carrying out policies and strategies that integrate human rights into the university’s strategic goals. To achieve the strategic goals, the Office of Civil Rights & Investigations coordinates and collaborates with other university offices, in particular the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community.
An integral part of the office’s activities is the development and delivering of workshops, seminars and training on a variety of topics, including anti-discrimination initiatives and sexual harassment prevention.
The office also is responsible for addressing and redressing issues related to discrimination and harassment. The director, who reports to the president, oversees discrimination and harassment issues, by ensuring compliance, reporting and enforcement in the areas of employment; equal and equitable educational opportunities; and in the discrimination and harassment of students, faculty and staff.
As such, the director is available to consult with managers, supervisors and employees on compliance with university policies related to discrimination and human rights, including federal laws (e.g., Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, etc.) and harassment or discrimination based on a protected status (e.g., race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sex, etc.).
The director undertakes necessary investigations and prepares recommendations and written reports. The director of Civil Rights & Investigations also serves as the Title IX compliance officer and the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, monitoring ADA activities for compliance with university, state and federal policies.
The director provides guidance and support to the Dean of Students, when a student is involved.