Non-Discrimination and Mandatory Training

Mandatory legal compliance seminars

IMPORTANT! The University of Akron is committed to an environment free of harassment and discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office provides Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training as well as Title IX related training for all new employees.

These trainings are mandatory for all new employees at The University of Akron (full-time and part-time faculty, contract professionals, full-time and part-time staff, and graduate assistants.)

Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination Training

How to register: Visit, or contact Human Resources-EEO at 330-972-7300 or e-mail: with registration or attendance questions for the online training. Note: to register online for a seminar, you will need to have a UAnet ID.

Title IX Training

All new employees (including all full-time and part-time faculty) will automatically receive a link to complete the Title IX related training. New employees will receive a link to the training within their first three months of employment. This training is separate from the Sexual Harassment Training and is mandated by federal regulations.

Policy of Non-Discrimination in Programs and Activities

The University of Akron does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, age, handicap, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loans programs, or other school-administered programs. The University also affirms that judgments about admissions, education and personnel evaluations at The University of Akron are based on merit, qualifications and performance and not on personal attributes or convictions unrelated to academic or job performance, such as political views, marital status, sexual orientation, or happenstance of birth.

Policy on Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at the university of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or status as a veteran. The University of Akron prohibits sexual harassment of any form in all aspects of employment and in its programs and activities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual and racial or ethnic orientation in employment and admissions.

EEO and Affirmative Action

There are fundamental differences between equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Equal employment opportunity is required by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It was enacted by the U.S. Congress and can only be altered or rescinded through that federal legislative process. Other acts of Congress prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, handicap, or veteran status. EEO is considered passive in that no outreach or programmatic response is required. EEO, in short, addresses the basic rights of individuals and is characterized as race and sex neutral. The law does require, however, attention to job relatedness of the criteria used to select and screen individuals from applicant pools.

Affirmative Action was mandated under Executive Order 11246, originally issued in 1965, which specifically directs federal contractors to develop action-oriented programs for the purpose of actively seeking out protected groups of people, primarily defined by race and gender, who have been traditionally excluded from participation in the work force. Affirmative Action therefore, is characterized as race and sex conscious. The rationale for affirmative action was that EEO legislation alone would not insure total integration of the work force. The order also requires attention to job relatedness and the criteria used to select or screen individuals from applicant pools. Click here to view an HTML version of The University of Akron's official policy on affirmative action. 

EEO/AA Office 330-972-7300
Administrative Services Building

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination against students, guests and employees of educational institutions. The regulations implementing Title IX are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or separation based on gender. Title IX is intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education.

Title IX Coordinator: Mark Stasitis; Administrative Services Building 125B, 330-972-2352

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees: Bethany Prusky; Administrative Services Building 125L, 330-972-6195

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students: Michael Strong; Student Union 306, 330-972-6048

It is our shared responsibility to report any form of harassment: We have a shared responsibility to make The University of Akron a great place to work for each employee and an extraordinary experience for every student.

Every UA employee, except for a small number of confidential employees, are considered   “responsible employees” under Title IX.  Responsible employees have an affirmative duty to   report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, or designee.  This responsibility includes   all incidents of sexual misconduct that the employee knew, or should have, know.

We urge every faculty and staff member, and all students, to review our Sexual Harassment Policy (3359-11-13)  as well at the Title IX Reporting Protocol at and to be aware of the many forms of harassment that can create an intimidating or offensive environment, and, further, to be aware of our shared responsibility to report such unacceptable behavior. Visit the Office of Equal Employment and Affirmative Action online.

What you need to know about Sexual Harassment/Title IX (Mark Stasitis)

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A narrated PowerPoint by UA’s Title IX Coordinator explains the steps you must take as a UA employee, including your duty to report misconduct, to support University efforts to stop, remedy, and prevent sexual harassment and misconduct in our classrooms and workplaces.

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