What Do We Do?

Working with the Tennessee State University Community for Equity and Inclusion

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) offers a number of services for the students and employees at the University to ensure we remain in compliance with all applicable federal and state civil rights laws and regulations. The following is a description of the services offered by the office:

Complaint Investigation and Resolution
Our office is responsible for ensuring the prompt, thorough, and fair investigation of complaints of discrimination or harassment based on a protected status and sexual misconduct.

Investigations of discrimination or harassment based on a protected status are conducted according to the requirements of Guideline P-080 and when warranted, we ensure that appropriate corrective and disciplinary action is taken as a result of a policy violation. If you feel you have experience discrimination or harassment based on a protected status, please complete the Discrimination and Harassment Reporting Form, or contact OEI

Investigations of violations of sexual misconduct are conducted according to the requirements of the Sexual Misconduct Policy 6.6.4, and when warranted, we ensure that appropriate corrective and disciplinary action is taken as a result of a policy violation. If you feel you have experience prohibited conduct of sexual misconduct, please complete the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form, or contact OEI

Reasonable Accommodations for Employees
This office coordinates disability services for all employees and applicants for employment. It is the policy of TSU to provide equal access to all regardless of disability, and we fully comply with all laws that ensure equal opportunity for persons who may have a disability. Reasonable accommodations for employees have been and will continue to be made to the highest extent possible. 

If you are a qualified disabled applicant or employee who desires reasonable accommodations, you should contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion. You may also download the University's Employee Reasonable Accommodation Request Form for employees to begin the process. Visit our ADA/ Section 504 Accommodations for Employees page to learn more about other disability services our office provides.

Office of Equity and Inclusion Training
We serve as a source of information for employees and students in matters related to equity and inclusion. While we are happy to answer any individual inquiries, we also provide training to groups on a variety of different topics related to the benefits of diversity in the workplace or responsible employee reporting. We periodically host open workshops on the University anti-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies as required by law, but we will also conduct a workshop tailored to the needs of your group at a time that is mutually convenient.

For more information on available training presentations or workshops, visit our OEI Training Opportunities page.  To request a training workshop for your department or student group, please contact OEI

Employee Recruitment and Hiring
The Office of Equity and Inclusion has an active role in the University's hiring process in ensuring we remain in compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and that we are actively recruiting a diverse workforce. We are also responsible for drafting the University's annual Affirmative Action Plan and monitoring the progress towards meeting the goals and objectives of the plan on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about the University's responsibilities in employment matters as they relate to diversity, visit our Employee Recruitment and Hiring page.