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Discrimination & Harassment

The university is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Discrimination, including harassment, is conduct directed at a specific individual or group of individuals that subjects the individual or group to treatment that materially and adversely affects their employment or education, or their participation in or receipt of the benefits of any university program or activity because of:

  • Race (includes personal characteristics associated with race like hair texture)
  • Skin color complexion
  • Religion (includes transitional religions, sincerely held religious beliefs)
  • Sex (see Title IX)
  • Sexual orientation (see Title IX)
  • Gender identity or expression (see Title IX)
  • National origin (includes ethnicity and accent)
  • Age (40 and older)
  • Disability (includes record of disability and perceived disability)
  • Genetic information
  • Veteran status
  • Any other basis prohibited by law or university policy

HOOP Policy 59: Sexual Misconduct
HOOP Policy 183: Nondiscrimination, Anti-Harassment and Equal Opportunity

Harassment Defined

Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on the protected bases outlined above [e.g. race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status] when such conduct is:

  1. Severe, pervasive or persistent enough to create an educational or work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile or abusive, and
  2. Materially interferes with an individual’s or group’s academic or work performance or their ability to participate or benefit from services, activities, or privileges of any university program or activity. For sexual harassment concerns, please click here.

Making a Complaint

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination and harassment as described herein, please call 713-500-CALL. You may also complete and submit the Discrimination/Harassment complaint form confidentially to