Student Organization Manual

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Chapter 11: Nondiscrimination Policy

In accordance with federal and state law, The University of Texas at Dallas prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status. Pursuant to university policy, this policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Definitions

Discrimination is defined as conduct directed at a specific individual or a group of identifiable individuals that subjects the individual or group to treatment that adversely affects their employment or education because of their race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Harassment as a form of discrimination is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual or group because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or sexual orientation when such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s or group’s academic or work performance; or of creating a hostile academic or work environment.

An essential part of higher education is to learn to separate substantive argument from personal offense, and to express even the deepest disagreements within standards of civility that reflect mutual respect, understanding, and sensitivity among the diverse population within the university and in the larger society. These are community norms, even though they cannot be enforced by disciplinary rules.

Reporting

A person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy should report the incident to any university official, administrator, or supervisor. Students are encouraged to report such incidents to the Office of the Dean of Students at SSB4.400 or call 972-883-6391.

Detailed information about the university’s nondiscrimination policy can be found on the Web at www.utdallas.edu/hrm.

 

Updated: February 9, 2012