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Part II: Community Policies

C. Anti-Discrimination Policy

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  • Introduction

    The University does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on or related to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected characteristics. While sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected categories under state or federal law, it is the University’s policy not to discriminate in employment, admission, or use of programs, activities, facilities, or services on this basis. This policy and complaint procedure is available in Angelo State University Operating Policy 16.02 Non Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure for Violations of Employment and Other Laws.         

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  • 1. Harassment

    1. Harassment based on a person’s protected class under this policy is a form of discrimination.Unlawful harassment is verbal or physical conduct that shows hostility toward an individual based on or related to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or other protected categories, classes, or characteristics that:
      • Create an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive working or educational environment.
      • Have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or student’s educational performance.
      • Adversely affects an employee’s employment opportunities or student’s educational opportunities.
      • Is severe or pervasive.
    2. Examples of inappropriate behavior that may constitute unlawful harassment include, but are not limited to:
      • Slurs and jokes about a protected class of persons or about a particular person based on protected status, such as sex or race.
      • Display of explicit or offensive calendars, posters, pictures, drawings, cartoons, screen savers, e-mails, internet,or other multi-media materials in any format that reflects disparagingly upon a class of persons or a particular person in a protected category.
      • Derogatory remarks about a person’s national origin, race or other ethnic characteristic,
      • Disparaging or disrespectful comments if such comments are made because of a person’s protected status.
      • Loud or angry outbursts or obscenities in the academic environment directed toward another student, faculty, staff, or visitor.
      • Disparate treatment without a legitimate business reason.
      • Other threats, discrimination, hazing, bullying, stalking, or violence based on a protected category, class, or characteristic.

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  • 2. Sexual Misconduct

    A broad term encompassing all forms of gender-based harassment or discrimination and unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. The term includes sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual intercourse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, public indecency, interpersonal violence, and any other form of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or other misconduct based on sex. See University Operating Policy 16.03 Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX Policy and Complaint Procedure for matters concerning Sexual Misconduct.

     

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  • 3. Reporting Concerns

    1. Students wishing to report an incident of discrimination or harassment, including gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, should contact the Director of Title IX Compliance. Additional information on reporting can be found at:
      http://www.angelo.edu/services/title-ix/  or in University Operating Policy 16.03, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX Policy and Complaint Procedure for matters concerning Sexual Misconduct. An online reporting form is also available at: http://www.angelo.edu/services/title-ix/file-a-complaint.php.
              
    2. Students reporting discrimination or harassment in their employment capacity should contact the ASU Office of Human Resources at (325)942-2168 or Texas Tech University’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (806)742-3627. 

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  • 4. Office for Civil Rights Complaints

    Nothing in this policy shall prevent a student from presenting a charge of discrimination or other grievance covered by this policy to an external agency, such as the United States Department of Education: Office of Civil Rights (OCR), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100, Customer Service Hotline#:  800-421-3481 or:

    http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

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  • 5. Retaliation

    1. Retaliation against a person who reports a potential violation under this policy, assists someone with a report of a violation, or participates in any manner in an investigation or in the resolution of a complaint made under this policy is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to an individual’s employment or education. The University will take appropriate steps to assure that a person who in good faith reports, complains about, or participates in an investigation pursuant to this policy will not be subjected to retaliation. Individuals who believe they are experiencing retaliation are strongly encouraged to lodge a complaint with the University using the same procedures outlined in this policy.
    2. Individuals who are found to have retaliated under this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, expulsion from the University, or being barred from University premises and events.               

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  • 6. Confidentiality

    The confidentiality of both the Reporting Party and the Responding Party will be honored by the University to the extent possible without compromising the University’s commitment and obligation to investigate allegations of discrimination or violations of law, to protect the University Community, and to the extent allowed by law. The willful and unnecessary disclosure of confidential information by anyone, including the Reporting Party or Responding Party may affect the integrity of the investigation.

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  • 7. Complaint and Investigation Process

    For additional information regarding the complaint and investigation process involving other students, employees (whether faculty, staff, or students), or non-University individuals see University Operating Policy 16.02, Non Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure for Violations of Employment and Other Laws and University Operating Policy 16.03, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX Policy and Complaint Procedure for matters concerning Sexual Misconduct.

     

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