Office for Access and Equity
Office for Access and Equity
The Office for Access and Equity supports the full participation of all members of the University community (students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, staff and visitors) in the life of the University. OAE’s work is grounded in a commitment to fair process, compassion, and creativity.
The Office for Access and Equity works to:
- Receive and respond to reports, provide support and resources, and offer resolution options, which may include coaching, facilitated conversations, and/or the investigation of complaints made under the University’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct (the “Policy”) of allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct made against faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff (in partnership with Employee and Labor Relations).
- Consult with individuals, departments and Divisions/ Schools across campus on matters related to the Policy and on providing access for individuals with disabilities
- Coordinate with campus partners on institution-wide access initiatives
- Engage in the interactive process with faculty, other academic appointees, and postdoctoral researchers with disabilities requesting a reasonable accommodation
- Present training on the University’s Policy, discrimination and unlawful harassment, access and inclusion of people with disabilities, and conflict resolution.
This summary of the work that we do is not exhaustive. In addition, we understand that each person’s situation may be unique and there is no one-sized fits all approach to your needs. The Office for Access and Equity works with other programmatic offices within the Office of the Provost’s Equal Opportunity Programs – the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support, the Office of Affirmative Action, and the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities – on a variety of issues. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.
Find out more about us and the other programmatic offices in the Office of the Provost’s Equal Opportunity Programs, by visiting “Contact Us” page or the pages for the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support, the Office for Affirmative Action, the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities, or subscribe to our newsletter.
The University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.