At this university, the Office of Institutional Equity has been established since 1973 to investigate allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The Office of Institutional Equity at The University of Texas at Austin, also:
- serves as liaison between the University and community action organizations concerned with minorities and women;
- provides confidential counseling to those who feel they have experienced unlawful discrimination at the University; and,
- acts as a liaison with external agencies including the Texas Workforce Commission: Civil Rights Division, 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 federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).