The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) provides education and support for the Duke University and Duke Health community to advance Duke's shared values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence. OIE responds to and supports the prevention of complaints of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. OIE also publishes the annual Affirmative Action Program and can provide education, data and other resources to support hiring and promotion practices to encourage diversity. Finally, the office offers outreach, education, team building & coaching, and diversity publications in support of the Duke community. OIE collaborates internally and externally to best leverage its resources to support all students, staff and faculty at Duke.


In 1972, Chancellor John S. Blackburn created the Equal Opportunity Office to ensure university compliance with equal opportunity and affirmative action legislation. The office, directed by George S. Kantor, reported to the Chancellor until 1985. The office was renamed the Opportunity Development Center in 1982. Three years later, President Keith Brodie abolished the office but appointed former director Dolores S. Burke as Special Assistant to the President, who later became Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Administration, to oversee the defunct office's functions. In 1995, President Nannerl Keohane established the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Equity, which became the Office for Institutional Equity in the 2004/2005 academic year. — See archival records for the Office for Institutional Equity.

Harassment Prevention, Nondiscrimination, and Title IX

Cynthia Clinton, Vice President for Harassment Prevention and Nondiscrimination
Title IX Coordinator

Email Cynthia Clinton
Phone: 919-668-6214

Adrienne Allison, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Equal Opportunity Compliance investigator

Email Adrienne Allison
Phone: 919-668-8222

Responds to protected-class-based discrimination, harassment including sexual misconduct matters. This area also implements and monitors Duke’s harassment and discrimination policies. We provide advice, assistance, and education to individuals and groups concerning harassment prevention and non-discrimination, including handling complaints. We also address gender equity in the workplace and classroom, working to ensure that Duke complies with Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination.

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Reporting an Incident

Use the confidential online Incident Reporting tool to provide OIE with preliminary information concerning incidents of protected status harassment, discrimination and related misconduct involving students, faculty, or staff. OIE will respond to all submissions regardless of the nature of the report, and will forward it to the office responsible for addressing it, as appropriate. Though the form may be submitted anonymously, Duke University cannot provide supportive measures (such as academic accommodations, no-contact orders, safe housing options, changes of work schedules) with anonymous submissions. In addition, anonymous reports may also impact the University's ability to investigate and/or take disciplinary action

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Affirmative Action Programs, Equitable Hiring & Promotion Practices, and Data Evaluation

Sophia Brelvi, Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance Programs

Email Sophia Brelvi
Phone: 919-668-8222

The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action area of the Office for Institutional Equity is responsible for:

  • Preparing Duke's Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) and Equal Employment Opportunity reports (EEOs);
  • Implementing Duke’s policies on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action related to pay discrimination and prejudicial promotion practices, including performing investigations;
  • Conducting federally mandated and internal EEO data analytics;
  • Providing consultation services, education, and training;
  • Serving as liaison between Duke and governmental agencies in areas of contract compliance, reporting, and regulatory matters.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Leigh-Anne Royster, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Email Leigh-Anne Royster
Phone: 919-668-8222

The diversity, equity, and inclusion area provides consultation, needs assessment, strategy design, coaching, educational workshops, and learning solutions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We also offer the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Diversity Education for Staff course to improve patient-centered care. Our programs are designed to raise awareness, increase understanding, and enhance skill development to optimize the working and learning environments at Duke.

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Contact Us

Phone: 919-684-8222
Complaints Email: oie-help@duke.edu
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