Submitted for Approval: December 7, 2015
Approved: August 15, 2016
Next Scheduled Review: August 15, 2021
The working environment at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shall be free from all forms of illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation. Conduct constituting illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity is specifically prohibited by federal law, state law, policies and regulations of The Texas A&M University System, and/or TTI rules, and will result in appropriate sanctions.
Title IX of the Education Amendments also prohibits discrimination in educational programs and activities based upon sex. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is therefore prohibited under Title IX. Any person, including student, employee, employment applicant and third party individual, who believes that illegally discriminatory practices have taken place based upon sex may file a complaint of possible violations of Title IX and/or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
TTI is committed to protecting its employees from illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation by fellow employees, customers, vendors, consultants, and independent contractors. The agency requires employees to report all perceived incidents of violation, regardless of the position of the alleged offender. The agency will ensure that all allegations are promptly, thoroughly, and equitably investigated and resolved, and will strive to prevent recurrence of the situation.
Reason for Rule
This rule is required by System Regulation 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance.
Procedures and Responsibilities
The Director of Human Resources at TTI shall be the contact person for overseeing TTI’s civil rights protection program. TTI will immediately notify the System Ethics and Compliance Office (SECO) when an inquiry or a charge of illegal discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or related retaliation from a local, state or federal agency is received by the agency.
Any TTI employee who experiences, observes, or becomes aware of illegal discrimination, sexual harassment and/or retaliation must promptly report the incident(s) to his or her immediate supervisor, other TTI administrators, or TTI Human Resources.
Employees may, at any time, file a complaint with TTI Human Resources or any local, state or federal civil rights office, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division, or with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
TTI complies with the civil rights complaint processing procedures outlined by Section 4 of System Regulation 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance.
TTI requires that all employees cooperate fully with those performing an investigation pursuant to this rule. No employee may retaliate against a person for participating in an investigation under this rule.
TTI complies with requirements on disabilities outlined by Section 6 of System Regulation 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance. TTI will make affirmative action efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for any physical and mental limitations of individuals with disabilities.
Related Statutes, Policies, or Requirements
- Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
- System Policy 08.01, Civil Rights Protections and Compliance
- System Regulation 08.01.01, Civil Rights Compliance
TTI Human Resources