Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access

Our Office

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access (I.D.E.A.) works to ensure that the university makes a good faith effort at providing a working and learning environment that is welcoming of diversity and free from discrimination and harassment. Applicants for employment, employees, and prospective and enrolled students of the university are protected against discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, and sexual orientation. 

Our Primary Activities

Our office serves the entire University community by engaging in five primary activities: 

(1) prevention – educating our campus community on sexual violence, active bystander behavior and all forms of harassment;

(2) inclusion – supporting affinity employee groups and leading trainings on diversity, inclusion, and bias;

(3) support – providing employee disability accommodations and helping community members who have experienced illegal harassment or sexual violence, sexual misconduct;  

(4)response – problem solving, investigating, and redressing allegations of harassment and violence; and

(5)compliance – University wide compliance of the nondiscrimination policies and equal access for individuals with disabilities including providing technical assistance, training and resources to foster a respectful and inclusive University community.



Our Focus

  • Enhancing awareness of and sensitivity toward diversity
  • Assisting units in operationalizing the institutional diversity plan in their units
  • Monitoring the diversity representation at the institution
  • Educating students, faculty, and staff about their rights and responsibilities with respect to harassment and discrimination
  • Investigating, processing, and assisting to resolve illegal discrimination and harassment complaints
  • Facilitating and monitoring compliance with federal and state laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action
  • Working with employees, prospective employees and patrons with disabilities to ensure the university is accessible
  • Developing an affirmative action plan
  • Providing training on equal opportunity laws, policies, prevention of sexual harassment, valuing diversity and other related topics
  • Monitoring the institution's hiring efforts

Our Mission

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access leads and promotes the University's commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, affirmative action, inclusion, and access while partnering with the units across campus to build a climate of inclusion and address acts of discrimination within the university community.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit discrimination. Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,  gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability in employment or application for employment, admissions, or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal access to participate in all programs and activities.

In particular and without limiting the preceding and pursuant to and consistent with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its regulations 34 CFR 100 et seq.; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its regulations 34 CFR 104; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC 1681 et seq., and its regulations 34 CFR 106 et seq; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and its regulations 34 CFR 110, Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its educational programs and activities. This non-discrimination in education programs and activities extends to employment and admissions and to recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student services, athletics, and housing. Murray State is required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex and the prohibition against sex discrimination specifically includes a prohibition of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Examples of prohibited sexual harassment and sexual violence can be found in the “Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment” which can be accessed via the link referenced in Appendix I.

Inquiries concerning the application of these provisions may be referred to: 1) the Executive Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access/ Murray State University Title IX Coordinator, Murray State University, 103 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071 Telephone: (270) 809-3155 Fax: (270) 809-6887; TDD: (270) 809-3361; Email:; or 2) to the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1100; Telephone: 1-800-421-3481 FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 1-800-877-8339; Email:

For more information, contact the Executive Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access, 103 Wells Hall, (270) 809-3155 (voice), (270) 809-3361 (TDD).


VAWA Brochure is a resource guide regarding campus resources and information regarding allegations of sexual violence and illegal discrimination.

CAMPUS RESOURCES Poster is a quick guide to campus resources.

Members of the University community whom have been hurt by sexual and relationship violence – is a critical campus concern. The University strictly prohibits the crimes of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Further, these crimes have no place within our University community. The federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) placed new obligations with colleges and universities under its Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act provision in 2014. These new regulations are designed, in part, to help prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, while also raising awareness and providing support at every turn. Our campus community is committed to creating a safe environment for all faculty, staff and students and this brochure offers resources and useful information. The useful information includes reporting responsibilities, resources and where to locate the procedures to address allegations of sexual and relationship violence.

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, (eff. 6/27/2019)

The Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, (KPWA), (KRS 344.030 to 344.110), expressly prohibits employment discrimination in relation to an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.
In addition, under the KPWA it is unlawful for an employer to fail to make reasonable accommodations for any employee with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical conditions who requests an accommodation, including but not limited to: (1) the need for more frequent or longer breaks; (2) time off to recover from childbirth; (3) acquisition or modification of equipment; (4) appropriate seating; (5) temporary transfer to a less strenuous or less hazardous position; (6) job restructuring; (7) light duty; modified work schedule; and (8) private space that is not a bathroom for expressing breast milk.


Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities

Questions about reasonable accommodations for students, or how to help students with disabilities succeed in the classroom or on campus should be directed to the Office of Student Disability Services at (270) 809-2018. The website for the Office of Student Disability Services is:

Student-to-student discrimination allegations

Questions about allegations of student to student discrimination should be directed to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access , (270) 809-3155. A copy of the grievance procedures to address allegations of discrimination can be obtained here. The website for the Office of Student Affairs is:

Student-to-employee or Employee-to-Employee discrimination allegations

If the allegations being made by the student or an employee are regarding a faculty or staff employee of the university, those questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) at (270) 809-3155. A copy of the grievance procedures to address allegations of discrimination can be downloaded.


Murray State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Murray State University. Normal inquiries such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Murray State University.

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NOTE: The Office of Equal Opportunity transitioned to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Access effective July 1, 2013 and the website is located at: All references within campus-wide documents to the Office of Equal Opportunity should be considered analogous to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access.