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Records of the University of Kansas' Office of Civil Rights and Title IX

 Record Group
Call Number: RG 8


This collection is comprised of the records of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, which was created in the 1970s in response to broader civil rights initiatives throughout the country. The department name has changed over the decades, but this office assists individuals who feel that they have been discriminated against or unfairly treated because of their race, ethnicity, religion, color, gender, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression while in pursuit of employment or educational opportunities at the University of Kansas. The office can also provide informal mediation as well as facilitate formal complaint resolution processes when requested.


  • Creation: 1975


Conditions Governing Access

Some series in this record group will require permission from the office of origin before use. Personnel, case files, and student records are closed in accordance with applicable law. All requests are subject to review by University Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Office of Affirmative Action at the University of Kansas

KU diversity and Title IX initiatives first took shape in the late 1960s in response to student protest over lack of diversity at the university. In 1969, KU formed the Urban Affairs Council (UAC), which consisted of faculty and students, to address the needs of students of color. Throughout the 1970s, following protests by the Black Student Union and feminist groups on campus, KU implemented more diversity in hiring initiatives, including founding the Office of Affirmative Action.

The Office of Affirmative Action investigated complaints of discrimination and harassment and coordinated diversity initiatives. In the 1990s and 2000s, these responsibilities would be passed around various departments, including the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, and the Office of Diversity and Equity. Today, this work is done by the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX.


51.75 Linear Feet (57 boxes + 3 folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Materials in this record group include correspondence and subject files for the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (and similar departments that preceded it). It includes extensive documentation of student and staff diversity at KU throughout the 1970s and 80s, including enrollment records and surveys of faculty diversity. This record group also contains legal and investigative files, as well as complaints filed with the Office over issues including ethnic, racial, and gender-based discrimination, and sexual harassment. These files cover complaints from the late 1970s through the early 2000s. Many records in this record group may be restricted due to their confidential nature.

Series List

This record group has been arranged in the following sub-groups

Equal Opportunity Office
Correspondence and Subject Files
Salary and FTE Summaries
Human Resource Management System
Internal Audit
Appointment by rank
Affirmative Transaction Consistency Reports
Undergraduate Student Ethnic Distribution
Analysis Report
Grievance Files
Recognition Files

Physical Location

RG 8


University Archives continues to add material to this collection on a regular basis. The collection inventory was current as of summer 2022.

Related Materials

This record group may have overlap with other record groups pertaining to diversity initiatives, especially the Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, RG 46.

Guide to the Records of the University of Kansas Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
Records of the University of Kansas' Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2006. Finding aid encoded by jtf, 2006. Finding aid revised by lmb, 2011; mwh, 2020; jb, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Records of the University of Kansas' Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, RG 8, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States