Harassment and Discriminations Protections

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, including sexual harassment, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status (see, University’s Nondiscrimination Policy, HOP 3-3020). Pursuant to University policy, the University also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (see, University’s Sex Discrimination Policy, HOP3-3031). The University also fosters an environment of open communication and is committed to protecting individuals from retaliation who participate or engage in protected activities.

The University has empowered the Office for Inclusion and Equity (OIE) to investigate and resolve complaints of employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation prohibited by law or University policy. OIE works with the University community to implement and uphold policies and practices that are consistent with these federal and state mandates, as well as the existing University policies regarding equal access, equal employment, and educational opportunity for all persons.

OIE is located at Student Services Building, Suite 3.212, Austin, Texas, 78712. OIE can be contacted in person, via email at equity@utexas.edu, or by phone at (512) 471-1849. All inquiries are confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NIH Training Applications (NOT-OD-129-029)

Effective January 25, 2019, applications for NIH institutional training grants (T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TL4) must include a letter on institutional letterhead signed by a key institutional leader describing the institution’s policy on harassment and assault.

See The University’s Harassment Policy Letter.

Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NSF Conference Applications (PAPPG 19-1)

Effective January 28, 2019, the NSF PAPPG (19-1) requires conference proposers to have a policy or code-of-conduct that addresses sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault, and that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy or code-of-conduct. This policy or code-of-conduct must be disseminated to conference participants prior to attendance at the conference as well as made available at the conference itself.

See The University’s Harassment Policy Letter.