Discrimination and Harassment Policy
Section: Human Resources Index: C-22
The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) is committed to providing a professional working and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment of any kind. This policy provides the procedural mechanism for addressing allegations and complaints of discrimination or harassment.
Discrimination is treating an individual or members of a protected class less favorably because of their membership in that class or having a policy or practice that has a disproportionately adverse impact on protected class members. Discrimination may involve prohibited activities based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other legally protected status.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, epithets or slurs, negative stereotyping, threatening, intimidating or hostile acts, denigrating jokes and display or circulation (including through e-mail) of written or graphic material in the learning, living or working environment.
This policy does not address allegations of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment. Please refer to Sexual Misconduct Policy, C-12, which provides the mechanism for addressing complaints of sexual misconduct.
Discrimination and harassment are practices that will not be tolerated in any form by the University. The University will take allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment seriously and will work to ensure that all persons are given appropriate support and fair treatment.
All members of the University are expected to adhere to this policy, to cooperate with the UH System procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination or harassment and to report conduct or behavior that they believe to be in violation of this Policy to the UHV Equal Opportunity Coordinator, who also serves as the UHV Title IX Coordinator. The Equal Opportunity Coordinator will coordinate the investigation and respond as necessary with appropriate individuals throughout the University of Houston System.
The University is committed to the elimination of discrimination and harassment through communication, clear policy, as well as on-going education and training for faculty, staff and students.
The procedural recourse for responding to complaints of discrimination or harassment are set forth in the UHS Anti-Discrimination Policy, SAM 01.D.07. The System Anti-Discrimination Policy provides the exclusive mechanism for handling the investigation of any alleged unlawful discrimination or harassment, the determination of whether this policy was violated and the appeal of an Equal Opportunity finding as to violation/no violation of this policy.
If there are any comments and/or questions regarding this policy, please contact Rebecca Lake, Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator at (361) 570-4835.
Robert K. Glenn, Ph.D
Originating Department: Equal Opportunity Department
Next Review Date: November 2023 (3 yrs)