Required employee training on preventing discrimination and harassment

Oct. 1, 2019

Dear UNT Community,

Members of our campus community work together continuously on multiple fronts to eliminate discrimination and harassment — including sexual misconduct — to provide care and support to those who experience it, and to hold violators accountable, while treating all parties in a fair and equitable manner.

All forms of sexual misconduct — including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual coercion and sexual exploitation — are violations of university policy and the federal law Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. UNT also prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information and veteran status.

State law mandates that all UNT faculty, staff and student employees — including those who are full-time, part-time, hourly and adjunct — complete a training on preventing discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct and related UNT Policies, every two years. If it has been two years or more since your last training, you must complete the program by December 1, 2019. 

This training is being offered both in-person and online through UNT Bridge. Tomorrow, Oct. 2, you will receive an email informing you how to access the online training via UNT Bridge. The link to the online training will also provide instructions on how to register for one of the in-person training sessions being offered by the Office of Equal Opportunity.  

All employees and individuals authorized to act on behalf of the university who become aware of suspected discrimination or harassment — including sexual misconduct — are required by UNT policy and state law to report the suspected violation immediately to the Office of Equal Opportunity. We want to maintain a supportive environment for campus community members to come forward immediately to obtain help and report incidents. UNT will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct in any form.

Thank you for doing your part to create a safe campus and eliminate sexual misconduct at UNT.

Sincerely,

Joanne Woodard, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity