The University of Houston-Clear Lake prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national or ethnic origin, age (40+), disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation (collectively referred to as a "Protected Class"). The Title IX/Equity and Diversity Office is responsible for monitoring UHCL’s compliance with the University of Houston System Anti-Discrimination Policy.
Because the grievance procedures are focused on resolution, it is essential that the Title IX/Equity and Diversity Office work directly with the person who is reported to have experienced discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of a Protected Class. This office works directly with faculty, staff, and students who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed based on characteristics such as race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age (40+), disability, veteran status, genetic information, and sexual orientation.
University faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students can file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint.
Your desire for confidentiality is respected to the extent allowed by state and federal law. In most cases, however, it is necessary to share information with other campus administrators on a need-to-know basis. This helps ensure a successful resolution for all parties involved.
Laws related to the UH System Anti-Discrimination Policy
- Equal Pay Act of 1963
- Title VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
- Section 503 & 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
- Civil Rights Act of 1991
- Executive Order 11246
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
Discriminatory practices under these laws also include the following:
- Harassment on the basis of a Protected Class;
- Retaliation against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices;
- Employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a Protected Class; and
- Denying employment opportunities to a person because of marriage to, or association with, an individual of a Protected Class. Title VII prohibits discrimination because of participation in schools or places of worship associated with a particular racial, ethnic, or religious group.
Prohibited employment decisions
EEO laws prohibit employment decisions based on any protected basis, including, but not limited to:
- hiring and firing;
- compensation, assignment, or classification of employees;
- transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall;
- job advertisements;
- use of company facilities;
- training and apprenticeship programs;
- fringe benefits;
- pay, retirement plans, and disability leave;
- retaliation for participation in a protected EEO activity; or
- any other term or condition of employment.
Filing a Complaint
To report an alleged violation of the UH System Anti-Discrimination Policy, please file a Discrimination or Sexual Misconduct Report Form. You may also make an appointment to discuss the process by contacting the Title IX/Equity and Diversity Office.