Diversity & Inclusion

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Contacts

Barbara Stewart Profile of Barbara Stewart
Interim Vice Chancellor
149 Graff Main Hall
bstewart@uwlax.edu
608.785.8150
Nizam Arain Profile of Nizam Arain
Director Affirmative Action
131 Graff Main Hall
narain@uwlax.edu
608.785.8541
Specialty areas:

Title IX Coordinator; diversity & inclusion; affirmative action; discrimination; civil rights; legal issues.

Kathy Accola Profile of Kathy Accola
Employee Relations Specialist
144 Graff Main Hall
kaccola@uwlax.edu
608.785.8528
Specialty areas:

Initial contact for Faculty, Instructional / Non-Instructional Academic Staff and University Staff, with questions and concerns regarding employee relations. Guided by Federal and State laws, UW System policies and UWL policies, will work collaboratively to seek resolution.

 

Aaron Koepke Profile of Aaron Koepke
Associate Lecturer
149 Graff Main Hall
akoepke@uwlax.edu
608.785.8931
Specialty areas: Lead Conduct Officer & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ingrid Peterson Profile of Ingrid Peterson Office hours
Violence Prevention Specialist
149 Graff Main Hall
ipeterson@uwlax.edu
608.785.5126

Types of concerns:

Discrimination

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or other protected status. Employees are encouraged to use established grievance procedures when problems or complaints arise in work-related situations.

Faculty and Academic Staff who believe they have been discriminated against, on the basis of the factors mentioned above, by the University or members of the University community are encouraged to set up a private meeting with Nizam Arain, Director of Affirmative Action, at 785-8541.  You may file a formal complaint or pursue informal dispute resolution options. University policy prohibits retaliation against individuals who exercise their rights under these policies.

Discrimination Policies and Forms

Sexual Harassment or Assault

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct. These forms of discriminatory conduct are also prohibited by Title IX. The university's Title IX Coordinator is Nizam Arain, Director of Affirmative Action

  • Sexual assault is any sexual contact without consent. That includes incidents involving the use of force, the threat of force, coercion, and/or intoxication. The University encourages victims to seek immediate help and to report the incident  through one of the several mechanisms outlined below. Your confidentiality can be maintained and the information might prevent other individuals from being victimized. Relevant policies and resources regarding sexual assault are provided by Violence Prevention and Affirmative Action
  • Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature, either as a condition of employment or education, as a basis for academic or employment decisions, or as the cause of a hostile work environment. Relevant policies and resources regarding sexual harassment are provided by Affirmative Action.

Unfair or unequal treatment; employee misconduct

"A grievance is a personnel problem involving a faculty member's expressed feeling of unfair treatment or dissatisfaction with aspects of his/her working conditions within the university which are outside his/her control and which are not covered by other personnel rules. A grievance relates to such matters as academic freedom, salaries, promotions, assignment of teaching duties, assignment of space or other facilities, and unethical or improper action by administrators. In a grievance a faculty member claims substantial personal harm and seeks redress for himself or herself."

"A grievance is a personnel problem involving an appointee's expressed feeling of unfair treatment or dissatisfaction with aspects of his/her working conditions within the University which are outside his/her control. A grievance relates to such matters as salaries, promotions, assignments of duties, working conditions, and propriety of conduct claimed to harm the petitioner substantially whether the claim alleges unethical or improper action by colleagues or by administrator. A grievance is a matter other than one involving dismissal proceedings and other than a complaint proceeding involving (other) severe sanctions."

Hateful/biased language or conduct

"UWL views hate/bias incidents and all manifestations of prejudice and intolerance as contradictory to our mission as a university and a community, and as a threat to each individual's right to a safe living, learning and working environment. Because of this, the Hate Response Team was formed in 2005 to provide an outlet to share and appropriately address all such incidents, and ultimately better understand our campus climate."

Civility and bullying

At its most basic level, civility refers to showing others kindness, courtesy, and respect. Digging a little deeper, civility is about constantly being open to listen, to learn, to teach and to change.  It seeks common ground as a beginning point for dialogue when differences occur, while at the same time recognizing that differences enrich our campus.