Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)
From Left: Kelly Gould, Tami Patterson, Carmen Heisner, and Jose DaSilva
The Office of Equal Opportunity is the primary office at the University of North Texas responsible for enforcing the University's equal opportunity policies and for investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
The University of North Texas prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, disabled veteran status, Veterans of the Vietnam Era status, and sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admission, and employment practices. Additionally, the University prohibits retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in equal opportunity investigations.
Kelly Gould, PHR
Senior EO Investigator
Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity
1155 Union Circle # 310937
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
Employee and Supervisor Responsibilities. Employees of the University are required to comply with policies that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Administrators and supervisors who become aware of violations of these policies have a responsibility to report the suspected violations to their immediate supervisors and to the Office of Equal Opportunity as soon as they, in good faith, suspect a violation of the particular policy.
Where to Report Discrimination/Harassment - Faculty, Staff, & Visitors. Faculty, staff, students and visitors to UNT campus may report suspected violations of the University's equal opportunity policies, including sexual harassment and retaliation, by employees, visitors, and persons doing business with the University to the Office of Equal Opportunity by completing and submitting the EO complaint form. However, in accordance with Policy 1.3.24 , suspected violations also may be reported to Human Resources. This office will forward the report to the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Where to Report Discrimination/Harassment - Students. Students who believe they have experienced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation by faculty, staff, or visitors should report their concerns to the Office of Equal Opportunity. Students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against by other students or student organizations should report their concerns to the Dean of Students - Conduct or the Dean of Students. Complaints of student harassment made in the Office of Equal Opportunity will be forwarded to the Dean of Students for resolution.
How to Report. A report of suspected discrimination, harassment, or retaliation may be made in person in the Office of Equal Opportunity or one of the other offices mentioned above, or by forwarding a complaint form to the Office of Equal Opportunity. All reports will be reviewed by the Office of Equal Opportunity to determine whether an investigation is warranted.
Training. As part of the continuing effort to keep the University free of discrimination and sexual harassment and to promote open communication in a positive environment, EO training is required at new employee orientation. It is required that this training be updated every two years. Supplemental EO training may also be recommended on a case-by-case basis if it is determined by the Office of Equal Opportunity that such training would be beneficial in preventing or resolving disputes.
Time period for filing internal complaints: Prompt reporting of a complaint is strongly encouraged, as it allows for rapid response to and resolution of objectionable behavior. Except as provided in the following paragraphs, complaints should be filed within 90 days after the objectionable behavior occurred. The deadline in this policy apply to the filing of internal complaints only. Complaints filed after the deadlined established by this policy will be reviewed to determine whether an investigation is warranted. For more information please click the link below:
Helpful Links & Information:
- EO Online Compliance Training
- EO Training Request
- Contact OEO
- HR-Employee Relations
- Office of Disability Accommodation
- Ombuds Office
- Dean of Students