Offices for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Offices for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Offices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Greg Dowell
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Purpose

The Offices for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are responsible for leading the development and implementation of proactive equity and inclusion initiatives, which support the University’s desire to have culturally and ethnically diverse students, faculty, staff, and leadership, free from all unbiblical and unlawful discrimination.

Non-Discrimination Statement

To view Liberty University’s Non-Discrimination Statement click here: http://www.liberty.edu/financeadmin/studentfinances/index.cfm?PID=30442.

Office of Equity and Compliance: Title IX

Nathan Hopkins
Executive Director 
Title IX Coordinator

The purpose of the Office of Title IX is to oversee compliance with Title IX pursuant to the Education Amendment of 1972. Liberty University is committed to providing students and employees with an environment free from sex-based discrimination, which can include sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and other forms of sex-based discrimination. The office is also responsible to enforce one investigative policy that addresses all protected classes indicated by:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Sex
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy or Childbirth
  • Disability
  • Military Veteran Status

All members of the Liberty community are expected to treat each other with a spirit of Christian love, mutual respect, and individual dignity.

Title IX

To view Title IX information and Contacts click here: www.liberty.edu/officeofequityandcompliance.

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Office of Equity and Inclusion

Melany Pearl
Executive Director

The Office of Equity and Inclusion promotes diversity in our academic and professional community. This is accomplished through biblically qualified efforts in the development of growth-focused programming and the education of inclusive excellence principles. The office provides training, support, and community-building opportunities for leadership, faculty, staff, and students campus-wide. This is accomplished through:

  • Diversity Mentorship/Retention
  • Group Discussions
  • Educational Training
  • Professional Development
  • One-on-one/Group Coaching
  • Accreditation Support
  • Discrimination Advocacy

Similarly, the office is responsible for leading the development and implementation of proactive equity and inclusion initiatives, which support the University’s desire to have culturally and ethnically diverse students, faculty, staff, and leadership, free from all unbiblical and unlawful discrimination, answering the Matthew 25:40 call to serve God by serving one another.

Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS)

Denny McHaney
Executive Director
Associate Professor of Education

Under the umbrella of the Offices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Office of Disability Accommodation Support was created to coordinate academic support services for Liberty University students who have documented disabilities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against students in institutions of higher education. Section 504 mandates “reasonable” accommodations to provide equal program access to all students with disabilities. Faculty must provide accommodations that meet the special needs of each student with a disability.

The University has an obligation to make reasonable accommodations in policies, practices or procedures when accommodations are needed to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability unless making the accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity, or would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.

A student who requests accommodations is required to sign a request form each semester giving Disability Support Advisors permission to send the request for accommodations. Then each student is instructed to individually seek a private meeting with professors to discuss any accommodations that may be necessary. Professors only need to arrange for those accommodations which have been identified.

Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for some of the following services:

  • Extended time for testing
  • Testing in a quiet environment
  • Note-taking help
  • Priority pre-registration
  • Interpreters
  • Assistive technology lab
    • JAWS for Windows – screen reading software for the visually impaired
    • Kurzweil 3000 – scanning and reading software for students with reading disabilities
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking – speech recognition software which can turn speech into print
    • CCTV – magnification hardware for the visually impaired

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Jackie Owen
Coordinator/Interpreter
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Housed within the office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services provides accommodations for students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. These services may include the provision of qualified Sign Language interpreters for academic classes and related events, cultural mediation, note takers, academic advising, priority classroom seating, and priority pre-registration.

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