Texas Tech University

Career & Professional Development Center

Career Services Office

The Career & Professional Development Center at the Texas Tech University School of Law offers high quality services to students, alumni and employers. We educate students and foster development of careers. The Center connects students, alumni, and employers.

For job seekers and employers, the Career & Professional Development Center is ready to help.

Paula J. Smith, J.D.
Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development
(806) 834-8814
paula.smith@ttu.edu

Kayla R. Wimberley, J.D.
Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
(806) 834-3214
kayla.wimberley@ttu.edu

Non-Discrimination Policy – Texas Tech University

TTU does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected category, class, or characteristic. While sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected categories under state or federal law, it is the university's policy not to discriminate in employment, admission, or use of programs, activities, facilities, or services on these bases. Employment actions such as hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, rate of pay, or other forms of compensation, selection for training, and termination shall not be made based on an employee's protected status. Discriminatory behavior is prohibited regardless of the manner in which it is exhibited, whether verbally, in writing, or electronically displayed or conveyed. Texas Tech University OP 40.01.

The university is committed to providing and strengthening an educational, working, and living environment where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are free from any form of unlawful discrimination. The university is dedicated to fostering and supporting a culture of mutual respect and communication.

This policy applies to all university students and employees, visitors, applicants for admission to or employment with the university, as well as university affiliates and others conducting business on campus.

The university does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on or related to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected categories, classes, or characteristics. While sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected categories under state or federal law, it is the university's policy not to discriminate in employment, admission, or use of programs, activities, facilities, or services on these bases.

Discriminatory behavior is prohibited by this policy, as well as by federal laws such as Title VII, which prohibits discrimination in employment, Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, and state laws such as Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code. Discriminatory behavior is prohibited regardless of the manner in which it is exhibited, whether verbally, in writing, by actions, or electronically displayed or conveyed.

The university expects all members of the University Community to comply with the law. Members of the University Community (where University Community is defined as: All faculty, staff, and students of and visitors to any university premises or university-affiliated activity) who violate university policies and laws may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, expulsion from the university, or being barred from university premises and events. Texas Tech University OP 40.02.

The university is committed to providing and strengthening an educational, working, and living environment where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are free from sex discrimination of any kind. In accordance with Title VII, Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), and other federal and state law, the university prohibits discrimination based on sex, which includes pregnancy, and other types of Sexual

Misconduct. Sexual Misconduct is a broad term encompassing all forms of gender-based harassment or discrimination and unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. The term includes sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual intercourse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, public indecency, interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and any other misconduct based on sex. Any acts that fall within the scope of this policy hereinafter are referred to as Sexual Misconduct.

While sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected categories under state or federal law, it is the university's policy not to discriminate in employment, admission, or use of programs, activities, facilities, or services on this basis. Discriminatory behavior is prohibited regardless of the manner in which it is exhibited, whether verbally, in writing, by actions, or electronically displayed or conveyed.

This policy applies to all university students and employees, visitors, applicants for admission to or employment with the university, as well as university affiliates and others conducting business on campus. This policy will apply to on-campus and off-campus conduct of which the university is made aware and which adversely impacts the educational and employment environments of the university. The university will take all reasonable steps to prevent recurrence of any Sexual Misconduct and remedy discriminatory effects on the Reporting Party and others, if appropriate.

All complaint investigations and procedures will be non-adversarial in nature and will be conducted in a prompt, fair, and impartial manner. Investigations conducted under this policy are not criminal investigations. For all complaints under this policy, the burden of proof shall be a preponderance of the evidence, which means more likely than not.

The university expects all members of the University Community to comply with the law.

Members of the University Community who violate these policies and laws may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, expulsion from the university, or being barred from university premises and events. Texas Tech University OP 40.03.

Texas Tech University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, persons with disabilities will not be subject to discrimination or denied full and equal access to academic programs, employment, activities, benefits, and services offered by the University on the basis of their disability. This policy applies to all students, employees (faculty, staff, or student), volunteers, and visitors. Texas Tech University OP 40.04.

Non-Discrimination Policy – Texas Tech University School of Law

The Texas Tech University School of Law strives to provide an educational environment that fosters a culture of respect and support. The following policy applies to hiring, continuation of employment, and promotion and tenure, and it protects all law school employees, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates.

The School of Law will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, genetic information, protected veteran status, national origin, sex, gender (including identity and expression), sexual orientation, age, or disability. Texas Tech University School of Law, adopted October 19, 2016.

Non-Discrimination Policy – Association of American Law Schools

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), (1614 20th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-1001, (202) 296-8851) of which Texas Tech Law is a member, requires member schools to pursue a policy of providing students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain employment, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender (including identity and expression), sexual orientation, age or disability. As a member school, Texas Tech Law shall communicate to each employer to whom it furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions the school's firm expectation that the employer will observe the principle of equal opportunity. Moreover, a member school shall inform employers of its obligations under Bylaw 6-3(b) and shall require employers, as a condition of obtaining any form of placement assistance or use of the school's facilities, to provide an assurance of the employer's willingness to observe the principles of equal opportunity. AALS Bylaws Section 6-3b and AALS Regulation 6-3.2.

Employer Affirmation

As an employer seeking assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions from Texas Tech Law, I affirm that Texas Tech Law has informed me of the University's nondiscrimination policies and the school's obligation under AALS Bylaws; and its expectation that each employer will observe the principle of equal opportunity. I provide this assurance of my willingness to observe the principles of equal opportunity and compliance with its nondiscrimination policies as a condition of obtaining any form of placement assistance or use of the school's facilities.

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