The University of Oregon is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment in which all students, staff and faculty may contribute and thrive.
“The university’s leadership team stands united in our resolve to do whatever we can to enable every member of our community to flourish and contribute. I also want to make absolutely clear that we condemn any threat or effort to intimidate anyone at the university. We are a community of scholars. Efforts to divide us based upon the color of our skin, our nationality, our immigration status, our abilities, our diversity of thought, our gender, or our sexual orientation must be called out and stopped.”
-President Michael Schill
What We Do
The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) offers the UO community a place to discuss and report issues, concerns and conflicts regarding discriminatory or harassing behavior. AAEO also helps identify how such concerns and conflicts may best be addressed and resolved. The office supports the university’s compliance with federal and state laws regarding discrimination and harassment, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.
AAEO works with students, staff, faculty, and campus community members by:
- Promoting a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment.
- Receiving concerns and complaints from any member of the UO community (students, staff, faculty, visitors and program participants) regarding issues of potential discrimination and discriminatory harassment at the university. In this investigative role, AAEO does not act as an advocate for employees, students or community members going through its process, but rather, serves a neutral, impartial function.
- Addressing and resolving concerns and complaints of discrimination and harassment through a variety of means including facilitated conversations and mediations, education and training, and investigations.
- Explaining and clarifying university policies and procedures, and federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and affirmative action.
- Supporting diversity in recruitment and hiring by assisting administrative and academic departments in meeting these goals and adhering to Affirmative Action guidelines.
- Ensuring disability accommodations by working with university departments and individual employees to ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded appropriate workplace accommodations.
- Compiling and analyzing information and data for the university’s Affirmative Action Plan, organizational analysis and strategic planning efforts.