KU Constitution Day Celebration

Snapshot of the consitution

Separation of Powers

The Framers of the Constitution feared concentration of power in any one person or governmental entity. To prevent that from occurring, the Framers created a system of checks and balances where power is divided among different branches of the government. The Constitution established three separate but equal branches of government: the legislative branch, which passes the laws; the executive branch, which administers the laws; and the judicial branch, which interprets the laws.

To learn more about the concept of Separation of Powers, go here or here.

A table depicting the checks and balances provided under the Constitution can be found here.


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).