Univ. of Missouri Creating Office for Civil Rights and Title IX

The office will report directly to the University’s Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

The University of Missouri is creating a new administrative office to better address reports of discrimination on campus.

The school’s new Office for Civil Rights and Title IX will handle reports and lead investigations on any discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status, according to a statement on the school’s website.

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Previous reports of discrimination were handled by the university’s Title IX Office, Human Resources, Equity Office or Office of Student Conduct. Officials hope the new office will centralize the school’s handling of discrimination cases.

The office will also release an annual report describing cases of discrimination and create an online tool for students to report cases of discrimination.

The school’s current Title IX Administrator and Assistant Vice Provost Ellen Eardley will head the new office.

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