Please click on each of the questions to reveal the answers. (Note: In all sections below "Equal Opportunity & Title IX" has been abbreviated to "EO/TIX" for the sake of brevity.)
Equal Opportunity refers to employment or educational practices that ensure there is nondiscrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, genetic info, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.
Affirmative Action is one aspect of efforts to ensure equal opportunity. The purpose of affirmative action programs is to promote fairness and address the effects of past discrimination by encouraging, among other things, targeted outreach efforts to attract underutilized minorities and women.
Complainant means an individual or group of individuals who may have been subjected to prohibited discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct, regardless of whether the individual reports the conduct.
Respondent means an individual or group of individuals identified as allegedly having engaged in prohibited discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct, regardless of whether a formal complaint is made.
EO/TIX offers online and in-person training on all University policies related to equal opportunity and discrimination. Currently, EO/TIX offers modules online as well as in-person. The subject matter of the training is detailed below:
Other types of training are generally by request, and in consultation with supervisors or managers of units wishing to receive training. If you would like to request training for your unit, please provide detailed information on the EO/TIX training request form. Additional information regarding EO/TIX trainings can be found by clicking here.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against or harassed based on membership in a protected class (race, sex, religion, etc.), retaliated against based on a protected activity (filing a complaint, participating in a complaint investigation, etc.), or have been the subject of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, stalking, dating or domestic violence, etc.) you may have a legitimate complaint. In such instances you should provide EO & Title IX with a completed report to initiate a review of your concerns by EO/TIX.
EO/TIX investigates complaints of violations for the following policies:
Animals on Campus Grounds (Policy 04.026)
The University of North Texas is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors by managing the presence of animals on university property and in its facilities, while providing people with disabilities who use service and comfort animals the opportunity to receive the benefit of the tasks these animals provide or the therapeutic support they offer in accordance with the requirements of federal law.
Employment of Individuals with Disabilities/ Workplace Accommodations (Policy 05.011)*
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to the University’s employment opportunities.
Consensual Relationships (Policy 05.021)
It is the policy of the University that consensual relationships between faculty or staff members in positions of authority and their subordinates or their students are not permitted.
Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (Policy 16.004)
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the University's working and learning environments are free of discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected status, to prohibit retaliation, and to ensure equal employment and education opportunity for all members of the University community.
Prohibition Against Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation (Policy 16.005)
The purpose of this policy is to ensure an environment free of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that impacts the ability of others to benefit from the University’s employment or educational opportunities.
*EO/TIX investigates formal complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability status. However, there are two other offices at the University of North Texas that handle the process for obtaining a reasonable accommodation due to the presence of a disability.
EO/TIX serves the University of North Texas in Denton. Members of other UNT system components may contact the Human Resources support center at 1-855-878-7650, or by email.
If you are a student or employee of the UNT Denton campus who feels discriminated against or harassed, please contact EO/TIX by filling out one of our online reporting forms, emailing us at OEOTIX@unt.edu, or calling us at 940-565-2759.
If a report or complaint is filed with EO/TIX then we will keep the matter private to the extent possible. In certain circumstances, even if the complainant requests that a report not be pursued, EO/TIX will evaluate that request and may not be able to maintain confidentiality because the nature of the complaint is such that EO/TIX must take investigative action.
The University has offered specific guidance regarding confidentiality in sexual assault investigations. Please consult the Prohibition Against Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation Policy (16.005) for further information.
As a supervisor, if you learn about an incident of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct from a member of the University community (including visitors) you are required to immediately report the information to our office. EO/TIX can then determine the most appropriate response depending on the nature of the information you have reported.
Students who witness incidents or discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct, or become aware of such behavior, are strongly encouraged to report the behavior to EO/TIX. The University of North Texas is committed to the elimination and prevention of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct on our campus, and therefore seeks the assistance of students to report such incidents.
Staff, faculty, administrators, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, research assistants, and other designated University representatives are required to report to EO/TIX all incidents of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and sexual misconduct that are brought to their attention by others, reported directly to them, or witnessed by them.
To initiate a complaint, please complete one of our online inquiry forms. An investigator from our office will contact you and set up a time to meet with you to discuss the nature of your complaint and any concerns you may have that could require an interim measure. If EO/TIX determines that you have a viable complaint of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct, the investigator will proceed with interviewing witnesses and respondents in your case. The final determination of your complaint will be shared with you in an Investigative Report. For more information regarding EO/TIX's investigative process please download Resolution Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, or Sexual Misconduct.
If a Complainant or Respondent desires, they may be accompanied to an investigatory meeting by an advisor of their choice. Complainants and Respondents are required to notify EO/TIX of the name and position of the advisor who will accompany them no later than two full days in advance of any scheduled meetings. Witnesses in the investigation cannot serve as advisors. The Complainant and Respondent are expected to ask and respond to questions on their own behalf, without representation by their advisor. EO/TIX may consider a refusal to answer a question in reaching a determination on an alleged policy violation. The advisor shall not engage in the use of verbal or non-verbal cues or speak on behalf of the parties.
When EO/TIX has concluded its investigation, the Complainant and Respondent will receive written notification and a copy of the final Investigative Report. In addition, if the Respondent is employed by UNT a copy of the Investigative Report will be provided to the Respondent’s supervisor and to the supervisor of the academic or administrative unit which employs the Respondent. These individuals are directly responsible for implementing measures to correct and prevent discriminatory or retaliatory conditions.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the University’s efforts to comply with the federal law: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including, but not limited to sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and different treatment on the basis of sex. If you have any questions regarding Title IX or would like to file a complaint involving sexual misconduct please contact UNT’s Title IX Coordinator here.