What is the Office of Institutional Equity?
The Office of Institutional Equity supports the establishment and maintenance of a nondiscriminatory work environment. This includes, but is not limited to all policies, practices, and conditions of employment. Hires, promotions, transfers and terminations are made without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion or disability, citizenship status, Vietnam Era or special disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The University’s policies prohibit discrimination against any individual on any basis prohibited by applicable law including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran status in recruitment, employment, promotion, compensation, benefits, or training. It is also the university’s policy to maintain a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Texas at Austin remains committed to seeking the best-qualified person to fill each available position and will reward each employee based on his or her job performance. In addition, the University will insure that all personnel actions will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
What Can I Do If I Have Experienced Discrimination?
All employees may obtain information regarding their rights and proper procedures for the resolution of discrimination problems by contacting the Office of Institutional Equity. If you believe you have experienced discrimination including sexual harassment, OIE can provide you advice and consultation, investigate the facts of the case and initiate corrective procedures and other measures necessary for resolution of the complaint.
Equal Opportunity is the LAW; discrimination is prohibited by the:
- Title VI and VII Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended
- Equal Pay Act of 1963
- Age Discrimination Act of 1967, as amended
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975
- Title IX of the Education Amendment,
- Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974
- Executive Order 11246, as amended
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973, including Section 503 and 504
- Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and
- Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990/Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended, 2008
Any individual who feels he or she has been discriminated against should contact Katherine Antwi Green. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability should contact the University ADAA/Section 504 Coordinator. All inquiries will be confidential, to the extent permitted by law, and no person should fear reprisals.