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PS-02.A.21 - Equal Opportunity Policy

EFFECTIVE DATE: ​September 17, 2021

ISSUE #: 7

PRESIDENT:  Dr. Loren J. Blanchard

PURPOSE

The University of Houston-Downtown recognizes the importance of and adheres to the practice of providing equal opportunity in all areas of education and employment in compliance with state and federal laws. This policy statement has been developed to ensure recognition and implementation of this philosophy.

DEFINITIONS

There are no definitions associated with this policy.

POLICY

3.1 The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is committed to equality of opportunity in all areas of education and employment, and its goal is to achieve a diverse community. 

3.2 The policy of the University of Houston System and its universities is to ensure equal opportunity in all its educational programs and activities, and all terms and conditions of employment without regard to age, race, color, disability, religion, national origin, veteran’s status, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or status, or gender expression, except where such a distinction is required by law. 

3.3 UHD does not practice or condone discrimination, in any form, against any individual in any of these protected classifications, including employees, applicants, or students with respect to admission, educational activities, recruitment, appointment, benefits, training, promotion, retention, discipline, termination, or any other aspects of the terms, conditions and/or privileges of employment and/or enrollment. Additionally, UHD prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment or education on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. All personnel actions include a review for EEO compliance. 

3.4 UHD supportsthe protections available to members of its community under all applicable state and federal laws including the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act of 1983, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964​, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Executive Order No. 11246, As Amended

PROCEDURES 

4.1 All new benefits-eligible staff employees are required to attend orientation, including employment discrimination and sexual harassment training within thirty (30) days after the date of hire. 

4.2 All employees are required to complete the supplemental employment discrimination and sexual harassment training annually. 

4.3 The provisions of this policy prohibit retaliation against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice; files a charge; or testifies, assists, or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing. This is a general prohibition and separate and distinct from retaliation based on a sexual harassment complaint. 

EXHIBITS 

There are no exhibits associated with this policy. 

REVIEW PROCESS 

Responsible Party (Reviewer): Vice President for Employment Services and Operations 

Review: Every three years on or before September 1 st . 

Signed original on file in Employment Services and Operations 

POLICY HISTORY 

Issue #1: 08/15/03 

Issue #2: 10/01/04 

Issue #3: 10/15/07 

Issue #4: 11/05/10 

Issue #5: 07/09/15 – Reaffirmed as Issue #6 

Issue #6: 06/14/19 

REFERENCES 

SAM 01.D.05, Equal Employment Opportunity

Texas Commission on Human Rights Act of 1983

Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964​

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Equal Pay Act of 1963

Age Discrimination Act in Employment Act of 1967

Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Executive Order No. 11246, As Amended​


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