Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3496


Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are volunteer, employee-managed groups that promote the interests of their respective constituency. ERGs are open to all OU employees. Their purpose is to align diverse groups with upper-level employees to create a bridge between the university and its employees by promoting awareness and enthusiasm for diversity inclusion. Each ERG has a university sponsor (dean, VP, directors or others) who works with the ERG to develop and achieve ERG goals. In addition, all ERGs have a president who is a current ERG member.

There currently are four ERGs:

Foreign Employee Resource Group

Black/African American

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Ally (LGBTQA)


Illegal Discrimination or Harassment

Concerns about Illegal Discrimination or Harassment
University policy prohibits illegal discrimination. Discriminatory conduct or discriminatory harassment is behavior, including but not limited to sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, and any written behavior, including pictorial illustrations, graffiti or written material, that stigmatizes or victimizes an individual on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by federal and state law.

In cases involving alleged illegal discrimination or harassment students should contact the following:

  • Between university employees only: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 150 Oakland Center, (248) 370-3496
  • Between student and university employee: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 150 Oakland Center, (248) 370-3496
  • Between students only: Dean of Students Office, 150 Oakland Center, (248) 370-3352

Time Limits for All Types of Concerns
In the interest of fairness to all parties, a complaint should be filed as soon as possible to assist in obtaining the facts related to the complaint. For this reason, a complaint generally will not be processed unless it is filed no later than sixty (60) days after the student became aware or should have become aware of the incident leading to the complaint. However, the University may waive the 60-day rule based upon the facts and circumstances of the complaint and after giving due consideration to the protection of the rights of both the complainant and the respondent.

Guidelines for Accommodation Requests

Please see Policy 711 for detailed guidelines on accommodation requests.