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Office of Institutional Access and Equity (IAE)

IAE Mission

To affirm and acknowledge relevant laws and regulations; to promote access, opportunity and diversity among the student and employee populations; to maintain policies, procedures and programs that prohibit discrimination and retaliation against employees, students and applicants, and provide for a redress of grievances; and to assist in the initiation of specific efforts to overcome under-utilization and under-representation of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.

One of our goals is to increase awareness and understanding of University sexual and racial harassment policies through educational programs for faculty, staff, and students.

The Office of Institutional Access and Equity can be reached at 214-768-3601 or accessequity@smu.edu. IAE is located in Perkins Administration Building, Room 204.

Title IX

For questions or concerns regarding Title IX and sexual violence, please contact Samantha Thomas, the Title IX Coordinator in IAE.  To file a complaint or make a report of Title IX harassment including all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual violence, please complete the Title IX Harassment Complaint Form and submit it to IAE at accessequity@smu.edu or in Perkins Administration Building, Room 204

ADA/504 Coordinator

For questions or concerns regarding disability issues, please contact Eve Shatteen Bell, the ADA/504 Coordinator in IAE.

Major Office Functions:

  • Faculty, Staff and Student Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Investigations and Inquiries
  • Search and Recruitment Consultation
  • Training
  • Employee Disability Accommodations
  • Affirmative Action Plan
  • Policy and Program Development and Implementation
  • Liaison to Diverse Constituencies

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.  SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.  The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX.  The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, accessequity@smu.edu.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

1 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688.