Missouri forms new office for discrimination investigations

Missouri forms new office for discrimination investigations

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri has formed a new office to centralize reports and investigations of discrimination complaints.

The university announced Wednesday that the new Office for Civil Rights and Title IX will reduce the number of offices involved in handling discrimination complaints. Ellen Eardley, assistant vice provost and Title IX administrator, will lead the office.

The move comes after former president Tim Wolfe and chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigned last month, in part because of complaints about their handling of racial issues on campus.

The new office will handle complaints previously investigated by Human Resources, the Equity Office and the Office of Student Conduct. Incidents not involving discrimination will still be investigated by human resources and student conduct.

Eardley became the university's first Title IX administrator in April.

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