The Office of Institutional Equity exists to help the Ohio State community prevent and respond to all forms of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct.

This centralized office houses the university’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Protection of Minors, and Title IX functions. University policies and changes to the Student Code of Conduct were updated effective Aug. 1, 2019, to reflect the Office of Institutional Equity.

The Office of Institutional Equity coordinates Ohio State’s response to all complaints of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct affecting students, employees, graduate associates, appointees, volunteers, visitors, suppliers and contractors, including providing information on rights and options for formal investigation.

The office also provides coordinated support to anyone impacted to help them access on- and off-campus support resources, including confidential resources. Dedicated coordinators help arrange interim measures to ensure continued access to educational and employment opportunities, such as no contact directives, changes in class or work schedule, emergency housing, counseling, and academic support.

The Office of Institutional Equity is also responsible for implementing and enforcing policies that govern accessibility and protection of minors.

These areas — which were formerly housed within Human Resources, the University Office of Compliance and Integrity, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator’s Office — all became part of the Office of Institutional Equity on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.

Learn about the steps Ohio State has taken to address sexual misconduct.

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Keesha Mitchell

Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity mitchell.2129@osu.edu