What We Do


The University of Texas at Austin established The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in 1973 to investigate and resolve allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.  Today, OIE has wide-ranging objectives and significant responsibilities, including:

  • investigating discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), hostile work and learning environment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct complaints;

  • determining eligibility and approving reasonable accommodations for faculty and staff with disabilities;

  • monitoring compliance with equal opportunity laws and policies;

  • disseminating information and providing educational training about laws, policies, and best practices regarding equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, disability, and retaliation;

  • serving as liaison between the University and community action organizations that represent underserved populations;

  • developing the University's Affirmative Action Plan and monitoring faculty recruitment and hiring;

  • providing confidential counseling to those who feel they have experienced unlawful discrimination at the University;

  • preparing the University's responses to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's charges of discrimination and the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division's discrimination complaints; and

  • acting as a liaison with external agencies including the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor.

Most importantly, OIE serves as an internal administrative review for the University.  The Office of Institutional Equity is a University office, and is not connected with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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What We Do