Office of Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity
Employee Relations assists departmental managers with problem prevention by fairly and effectively managing staff employees according to university policy. Much of this office’s activity involves employee consultation, policy interpretation and advice to managers and staff employees.
The role of Employee Relations includes:
Faculty Employee Relations Concerns
Faculty concerns may be addressed through the University Ombudsman.The University Ombudsman serves as a confidential, neutral, informal and independent resource for faculty concerns and conflicts.
The Ombudsman serves on the flagship campus in Columbia, the four-year campuses in Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate, and the two-year campuses in Lancaster, Sumter, Salkehatchie, and Union, and may be contacted at 803-216-3504.
Equal Opportunity works to ensure that the university is a non-discriminatory and harassment-free learning and working environment. 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, sexual orientation and genetics.
What is the role of Equal Opportunity?
- educating students, faculty, and staff about their rights and responsibilities with respect to harassment and discrimination
- investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination and harassment
- facilitating and monitoring compliance with federal and state laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action