Equity and Diversity at Missouri State University-West Plains

Equity

Missouri State University System is a community of people with respect for diversity and is committed to providing equal opportunity to its academic and work settings and ensuring its campuses are free of discrimination and harassment. The University believes a rich diversity of people and points of view enhances the quality of the learning, working and living environment at Missouri State University.

The office for institutional equity and compliance housed on the Missouri State University Springfield campus was established to provide leadership for the University's commitment and efforts to promote institutional equity and a diverse University community free of discrimination and harassment. They provide counseling, advice and information to all members of the University community in the shared effort to create a diverse and inclusive learning, working and living environment free of discrimination and harassment.

Although the office for institutional equity and compliance is formally charged with ensuring the University's compliance to federal, state and local affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, providing affirmative action and equal opportunity is the shared responsibility of all members of the University community.

For more information on equity and diversity on the West Plains Campus, please contact: Brenda Polyard, (BrendaPolyard@missouristate.edu), Affirmative Action Liaison, 128 Garfield, West Plains, Missouri 65775, (417) 255-7966 or Melissa Berry, (MBerry@missouristate.edu, Director, Institutional Equity and Compliance, 901 S National Ave, Carrington Suite 205, Springfield, Missouri 65897, (417) 836-6810.

Title IX

The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) not to discriminate. The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from sexual violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault including domestic or dating violence, and stalking.

The Title IX office housed on the Springfield campus oversees all issues having to do with sexualized violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, stalking, and pregnancy and parenting rights. For more information see the University's Title IX Policy.

For more information on Title IX on the West Plains Campus, please contact: Brenda Polyard, (BrendaPolyard@missouristate.edu), Title IX Liaison, 128 Garfield, West Plains, Missouri 65775, (417) 255-7966 or Melissa Berry, (MBerry@missouristate.edu, Interim Title IX Coordinator, 901 S National Ave, Carrington Suite 205, Springfield, Missouri 65897, (417) 836-6810.