President's 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, or Vietnam era or special disabled veteran status in recruitment, employment, promotion, compensation, benefits, or training. It has been a long held policy for the University 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. 

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.  As President, I reaffirm our pledge to base decisions on employment and promotion on the principle of equal employment opportunity. In addition, the University will ensure that all personnel actions will be administered without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs.

This Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy shall be implemented throughout the University. It is the responsibility of all departments and personnel to ensure the University's compliance. Monitoring and reporting procedures for faculty and staff have been instituted and in operation for some years. This policy statement serves to remind all employees of their rights and responsibilities under the law and how to seek assistance if they believe they have been the subject of employment discrimination.

The Office for Inclusion and Equity (OIE) has been established at this University to investigate allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation against any individual on any basis prohibited by applicable law or university policy.  Any member of the University community who feels he or she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment or retaliation should contact the Office for Inclusion and Equity, North Office Building A, Suite 4.302, Stop A9400 Austin, Texas, 78712-1541, via email at or by phone at (512) 471-1849. All inquiries will be confidential, to the extent permitted by law.  No employee should fear reprisals as it is the mission of OIE to serve the University in fulfilling the intent and spirit of equal opportunity laws by providing equitable resolutions to complaints and striving for an environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the law and the University as a large Federal Contractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are prohibited under the following laws and regulations: Executive Order 11246, as amended, in accordance with Executive Order 13672, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 (VEVRRA/503), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, and the Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21. Anyone who believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era, special disabled veteran status, or other protected category may also contact the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, or the Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division.

As University President, I commit this institution to fulfill both the spirit and intent of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action laws and policies.

Gregory L. Fenves