The University of Texas has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) supports the University's mission to promote human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and opportunity through fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the University community. The vision of OIE is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect, professionalism, and inclusiveness for all members of the University of Texas community. OIE staff provides guidance, support, and delivery of programming, services, and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
OIE works with the University of Texas community in implementing and upholding policies and practices that are consistent with federal and state mandates as well as existing University policies regarding equal access, equal employment and educational opportunity for all persons, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
To fulfill our vision, the Office of Institutional Equity provides:
- Information, consultation, training and resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, retaliation, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters;
- Individual consultation with University managers, supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
- A mechanism for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination;
- Oversight of and support for the University’s compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, retaliation, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws.