Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy

The University of Houston is committed to maintaining and strengthening an educational, working and living environment where students, faculty, staff and visitors are free from sex discrimination of any kind. Sexual misconduct, a form of sex discrimination, is antithetical to the standards and ideals of the University. The University will take appropriate action in an effort to eliminate sexual misconduct from happening, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

The University aims to eradicate sexual misconduct through education, training, clear policies and serious consequences for violations of its policies. The Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy defines and describes prohibited sexual conduct and establishes a procedural mechanism for processing complaints of sexual misconduct. (Please see the University's Discrimination and Harassment Policy to find the procedural recourse for responding to unlawful discrimination and harassment incidents that do not constitute sexual misconduct.)

Consistent with its commitment to addressing sex discrimination and harassment, the University complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"), which prohibits sex discrimination in employment. Sexual misconduct, as defined in this Policy, constitutes a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX and Title VII.

All members of the University are expected to adhere to this Policy, to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints and to report conduct or behavior that they believe to be in violation of this Policy. The University will take seriously allegations of sexual misconduct by conducting an investigation, and the University will work to ensure that all persons are given appropriate support and fair treatment.

A copy of the University of Houston Interim Discrimination and Harassment Policy may be obtained in the Office of Equal Opportunity Services, 153 Student Services Center 2, and is available by clicking on the following link