Baylor Civil Rights Policy

September 30, 2022

The Civil Rights Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics (excluding sex-based harassment which is addressed by the SIM Policy) and provides grievance processes for allegations of conduct prohibited by this policy.

This policy updates the University’s previous Civil Rights Policy.

Overview of Policy revisions:
• Added emphasis on the fact that the Policy calls members of the Baylor community to a standard of behavior higher than the minimum required by law.

• “Definitions” section was reorganized for clarity and words were aligned with the high-standards expected of the Baylor community; for example, “adverse action” was replaced with “injurious action” and the definition broadened.

• Clarified expectations on reporting requirements.

• Revised the Adaptable Resolution option.

• Permits prior or subsequent conduct of respondent to be considered in investigator determinations.

• Limits access to the final investigative reports. Note that sanctions or disciplinary outcomes are determined by ECRT for students, Office of Provost for faculty, and HR for staff.

• Clarified that transcript notations for students sanctioned to separation from the University will be consistent with Texas law.

• Identified appellate officers. ECRT external partners who hear SIM cases will also serve as CR appellate officers.