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Discrimination and harassment statement

Des Moines University (“the University”) is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for work, study and participation in the life of the University.  To that end, the University prohibits any member of the University Community, including but not limited to the Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, staff, students, adjunct faculty and preceptors, volunteers or visitors to campus, whether they be a guest, patron, patient, independent contractor, vendor, service provider or client, from harassing or discriminating against any employee or student of the University because of that person’s race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law (“protected class”).  Incidents of protected class harassment or discrimination will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or termination of employment from the University.  The University is committed to preventing or stopping discrimination or harassment whenever it may occur at the University or in its sponsored activities.  The University seeks to assure fair treatment for all and provide a non-threatening environment for the promotion of the meaningful exchange of ideas, academic freedom and high academic standards.

Non-discrimination and equal opportunity

Consistent with federal and state law and University policy, Des Moines University is committed to the concepts of affirmative action and equal opportunity. The University endeavors to maintain an institutional environment free from protected class discrimination and harassment.

Merit and productivity, free from protected class discrimination, guide decisions of the University relating to employment and enrollment.  Therefore, an individual’s membership in a protected class will not be permitted to have an adverse influence upon employment or academic decisions effecting students, employees, applicants for admission, or applicants for employment.

Every member of the University community is expected to uphold this policy as a matter of mutual respect and fundamental fairness in human relations.  Every student of this institution has a responsibility to conduct himself/herself in accordance with this policy as a condition of enrollment.  Further, every University employee has an obligation to observe this policy as a term of employment.

No person will be penalized for good faith utilization of channels available for resolving concerns or complaints of protected class harassment or discrimination.  Furthermore, the University prohibits retaliation against anyone for exercising his/her rights and responsibilities relative to our policies on discrimination and harassment.

Title IX

The chief compliance officer serves as the University’s Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator is the individual designated by the president with responsibility for receiving, ensuring a thorough and impartial investigation process and overseeing reports and complaints of protected class discrimination and harassment in accordance with this policy.

Erika Linden
Chief Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
515-271-1526
erika.linden@dmu.edu

The Title IX coordinator is authorized to designate other appropriately trained individuals to investigate discrimination and harassment complaints and reports as deemed appropriate.  University designees are:

Jerry Parker, PhD
Director of Student Services and Engagement, Conduct Officer
515-271-1684
jerry.parker@dmu.edu

Becky Lade
Chief Human Resources Officer
515-271-1485
becky.lade@dmu.edu

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