Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) declares and reaffirms a policy of administering all of its educational programs and related supporting services and benefits in a manner that does not discriminate because of a student’s or prospective student’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, or other characteristics that lawfully cannot be the basis for provision of such services. These programs, services and benefits include, but are not limited to, admission, class assignments, scholarships and other financial and employment assistance, counseling, physical education and recreational services, and the membership practices of registered student organizations. Pursuant to this policy statement, UTRGV will undertake a continuing program of compliance with all federal, state and local laws relating to equal educational opportunity and affirmative action, specifically those addressing the obligations of the institution under Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended.

UTRGV has designated the following individuals to direct inquiries or complaints to:

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education's Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in any aspect of a federally funded education program or activity. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual violence, sex or gender-based bullying, hazing, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment or athletics.

As a recipient of federal funds, UTRGV complies with Title IX and has designated a Title IX Coordinator to oversee all complaints of sex discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Additionally, other responsibilities include the coordination of training, education, and communications regarding Title IX procedures for the university community.

UTRGV has designated the following individual to serve as the Title IX Coordinator:

Florence Nocar
Chief Institutional Equity & Diversity Officer,  Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
Phone: 956-665-2103

A student, staff, faculty member, or applicant for admission or employment who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Responsible Employee as provided by UTRGV HOP ADM 03-100, Non Discrimination and Complaint Procedure, or ADM 03-300, Sexual Misconduct, as applicable. The Title IX Coordinator will ensure that action is taken to resolve the complaint in a prompt and equitable manner.

Sexual Violence

To report sexual violence, please contact UTRGV Police, in addition to, the Title IX Coordinator.

University Police Department                  Emergency: 911 
Emergency: 956-882-4911                      

External Reporting

You can also direct inquiries about Title IX, and UTRGV's compliance to:

U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue,
SW Washington, D.C. 20202
Hotline: 1-800-421-3481
TDD#: 1-800-521-2172