Texas Tech is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff with an educational environment free from all forms of sex or gender-based harassment, unlawful discrimination, and sexual misconduct; prohibited conduct includes acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic or dating violence, and stalking. The Texas Tech community is dedicated to fostering and supporting a culture of mutual respect and communication.
Texas Tech University does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of students based on or related to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected categories, classes, or characteristics. While sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected categories under state or federal law, it is Texas Tech University policy not to discriminate on this basis. Actions related to admission, discipline, housing, extracurricular and academic opportunities shall not be made based on a student'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. Individuals who violate these policies and laws are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.
All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Texas Tech University believes in zero tolerance for sex/gender-based harassment, discrimination, or other misconduct. Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator's attention, protective and other remedial measures will be implemented to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy.
Texas Tech University uses the preponderance of the evidence (also known as "more likely than not") as a standard for proof of whether a violation occurred. In student conduct proceedings, legal terms like "guilt," "innocence," and "burdens of proof" are not applicable, as students are either found "responsible" or "not responsible" for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and it is neither party's burden to prove their case. The University never assumes a responding party is in violation of University policy, but rather, trained investigators conduct a thorough, neutral, and impartial investigation into the incident, after which a decision-maker (either a Hearing Officer or a University Discipline Committee) considers the totality of all available evidence and information from all relevant sources before rendering a decision regarding responsibility.