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Office of Title IX / Equal Opportunity Services

The University of Houston-Downtown is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The Office of Title IX/Equity & Diversity acts on behalf of the University as a neutral fact finder that enforces the University's Equal Opportunity Policies. The Office provides the University with multiple services including the presentation of awareness and prevention trainings and the implementation of the University's discriminatory complaints policies.

The Office is additionally charged with the processing of all inquiries and complaints concerning sexual misconduct, and discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, genetic information and/or veteran status.

No person shall be subject to retaliation for filing a complaint or assisting in an investigation conducted by the Office of Title IX/Equity & Diversity.


Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Violations

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex and gender discrimination, including sexual misconduct, in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance, such as UHD. The University of Houston System is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex and gender.

Any person, regardless of whether they are the alleged victim, may report Sexual Misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, by electronic mail, by telephone, or by the University’s electronic reporting system.

Under Texas law, UHD employees who in the course and scope of employment, witness or receive any information regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking committed by or against a UHD student or UHD employee, must promptly report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator/Officer.

Submit Sexual Misconduct Report


Anti-Discrimination

The University of Houston-Downtown 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"). Equal Opportunity Services is responsible for monitoring UHD’s compliance with the UH System (UHS) Anti-Discrimination Policy. Questions or concerns about alleged violations of the UHS Anti-Discrimination Policy should be directed to EOS.

University faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students may make a report regarding discrimination or discriminatory harassment at the following link.

Submit Discrimination Report


Title IX Team Training

All Title IX Coordinators, investigators, hearing officers, and anyone who may facilitate an informal resolution process in the UH System have been trained in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. To view the training materials, please download the PDF handout.

Title IX Training

Lauri S. Ruiz
Interim Title IX/Equal Opportunity Officer

713-221-5771
ruizla@uhd.edu
titleix@uhd.edu

One Main Street, Suite S380
Houston, TX 77002

Last updated 11/9/2021 10:29 AM