The University of North Texas System Office of Equal Opportunity provides guidance for employees regarding state and federal programs related to equity and non-discrimination in the workplace. UNT System and UNT Dallas are committed to providing an employment and learning environment that gives each person the opportunity to be a productive and valued employee.
Report of Concern UNT System Office of Equal Opportunity (Discrimination, Harassment (state sexual) and Related Retaliation concerns)
Equal Opportunity Statement:
The University of North Texas Dallas is committed to equal opportunity and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in its employment policies, procedures and processes.
Any employee or any applicant for employment may request to review the Affirmative Action Plan narrative by emailing the Office of Equal Opportunity at email@example.com . Normal business hours are between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST, Monday through Friday.
Title VII/Civil Rights Reporting
All System Administration employees are required by state law to promptly report incidences of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. This statutory requirement to report is triggered if, in the course and scope of their employment, the employee witnesses or receives information that the employee reasonably believes constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking committed by or against an individual who was employed within the UNT System or enrolled as a student at the time of the incident. This includes instances when individuals with no affiliation with UNT System are either allegedly victimized by a university employee or student, or are accused of committing an offense against a university employee or student. If an employee knowingly fails to report, the employee must be terminated in accordance with Texas state law and System Administration’s policies and procedures. Additionally, an employee who fails to report may be charged with Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both (jail time and a fine.) Employees who are victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking are not required to report incidents involving themselves.
What to Report
All known information about the incident that is relevant to the investigation; as well as, whether the alleged victim expressed a desire for confidentiality in reporting the incident. If you have been designated by System Administration as a person with whom students may speak confidentially concerning sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, you are only required to report the type of incident. Similarly, if you receive information regarding sexual misconduct under circumstances that make the communications confidential or privileged by law (for example, you receive information as a licensed healthcare professional), you must report only the type of incident reported, but no information that would violate a student’s expectation of privacy.
What to Expect
The Office of Equal Opportunity (EO) is charged with investigating alleged violations of prohibited conduct of civil rights policies, including Title IX allegations, for System Administration, the Health Science Center (HSC) and the University of North Texas Dallas, in order to protect students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors from all forms of discrimination [race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, Veteran status, and genetic information], harassment and retaliation. This includes instances of sex-based discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence) and related retaliation when the conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment. Conduct which is not severe and pervasive and objectively offensive may still be a violation of other System and campus policies; and when appropriate, the Office of EO will partner with other System and campus entities to address the matter and make necessary referrals.
All reports are securely forwarded to the Office of Equal Opportunity (EO). You will be contacted by the Case Manager, Title IX Coordinator or Assistant Vice Chancellor of EO, who will invite you to a meeting where all of your rights, resources, and options will be reviewed. You will also be given the opportunity to request either a formal resolution, informal resolution, or no resolution to the complaint reported, depending on the contents and nature of the complaint.
Complaints may also be filed with:
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78778
- Call within Texas: 888-452-4778
- Call in Austin or out-of-state: 512-463-2642
- Fax: 512-463-2643
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
131 M Street, NE
Washington, DC 20507
1-800-669-4000/ 1-800-669-6820 (TTY) / 1-844-234-5122 (ASL Video Phone)
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg.
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339