Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

OVCDEI and OAE Operations Update

Updated April 2, 2020  

During this rapidly changing and uncertain time, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion remains open and available to serve and support the needs of the University of Illinois community, with the following modifications.  

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all OVCDEI physical office locations will be closed, including the Office for Access & Equity and Title IX Office at Tech Plaza (616 E. Green St., Suite 214, Champaign) and The Office for Business & Community Economic Development at Illini Plaza (1817 Neil South Street, Suite 101, Champaign) until further notice.
  • During this time, all services and staff will continue to be available online and via phone during business hours Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 5 pm.

Requests, Claims, and Reports: The Office for Access & Equity continues to process requests for reasonable accommodations, discrimination and harassment claims, and sexual misconduct reports that we receive. All of our teams, including the Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, ADA, and Title IX teams, are currently able to follow up with you virtually online or by phone.  

Some claims and requests may be delayed due to limited capacity in other university offices and departments, and we ask for your patience as our university navigates this new reality. All meetings and interviews will be conducted online or by phone.

Title IX, Sexual Misconduct Reports, and Support: The Title IX Office staff remains available to respond to sexual misconduct reports and provide information about rights and options, provide pregnancy-related assistance for students, and to answer questions and discuss concerns. The Title IX staff is available via email and virtually or by phone.

Students, staff, and faculty needing confidential advising services related to sexual assault and harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, and abuse within a relationship are still able to access services through the Women’s Resources Center. Phone advocacy and support for new, past, or currently-served survivors and their support persons is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. To schedule a free appointment, call (217) 333-3137; or email or your Confidential Advisor (for current/past survivors). Please check the WRC website for the most updated information.


Academic Search Process: OAE will continue to approve academic search forms on a normal basis. If you are currently conducting a search, your search can move forward with interviews, but the interviews must be by video or phone. There should be no in-person interviews physically on campus for any position at this time. If you would like to extend a search due to the circumstances, please email with the job id and the extension date.  

Academic Inclusive Excellence Diversity Programs and Trainings: The delivery of the remaining of our diversity programs is currently being assessed to find ways to recreate these programs in ways that meet learning outcomes. Face-to-face trainings are currently being cancelled for the remaining of the semester; however, trainings are being modified for an online platform to continue delivering and serving our campus as soon as possible.  

Business & Community Economic Development Consulting: Virtual meetings for community and university partners, diverse business consultations, and assistance with CMS BEP certification can be arranged by contacting the Office for Business & Community Economic Development at (217) 244-2907 or email  

If you have additional questions, please contact or call (217) 300-9580.  

For the most current information about the university response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the University of Illinois COVID-19 website maintained by Public Affairs. 

Sean C. Garrick
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion