Office for Institutional Equity
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Mission Statement

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), formerly known as the Affirmative Action Office,   serves as a vital resource in promoting and furthering the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all members of its community.

The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equal opportunity, access, affirmative action and inclusiveness for all members of the University community.

Accordingly, OIE oversees, facilitates and supports the University’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and University sponsored activities and programs.

To fulfill its mission, the Office of Institutional Equity engages in the following activities: 

  • Providing information, consultation, training and other resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters;
  • Serving as a resource to ensure access and "reasonable accommodatio" to all qualified persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Providing individual consultation to University to members of the campus community on matters involving diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action;
  • Providing a fair and impartial mechanism for resolving complaints of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; and
  • Providing oversight of and support for the University’s efforts to comply with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws – including, but not limited to, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.


Office Staff

Ms. Ceecy Reed
Affirmative Action Specialist

Office for Institutional Equity
156 Administration Building
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-3370
Tel: (901) 678-2713
Fax: (901) 678-4800
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