Welcome to the Office of Institutional Equity
Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin, Office of Institutional Equity. As outlined in OIE's vision statement, this office serves as a vital resource and leader in promoting and furthering the University's commitment to diversity and equal opportunity for all members of its community.
As you explore our website, you will find many resources that foster and support an environment on campus that is inclusive, respectful and free from discrimination and harassment. We are committed and dedicated to all the principles outlined in OIE's vision statement and the University's nondiscrimination statement.
The University of Texas at Austin is an equal employment opportunity employer. The University does not discriminate or tolerate harassment on any basis prohibited by applicable Federal and/or State 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 and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Texas at Austin fosters an environment of open communication and is committed to protecting individuals from retaliation who participate or engage in protected activities. Read more.
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).