Your Rights at TU - The University of Tulsa

Your Rights at TU

The University of Tulsa is a private institution with a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all.  It does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other University administered programs.

TU has an obligation to protect the rights of all students. TU recognizes that students at The University of Tulsa have varied educational goals and objectives but, as members of the academic community, they share a common important responsibility. That responsibility is to develop an inquisitive attitude toward the social, political, economic, moral, scientific, technological and aesthetic issues of the day; to achieve an understanding of these issues from all points of view and to participate in the humane solution to the problems that arise from them. It is believed that these ideals can be best pursued and accomplished in an environment where individual and group deportment are tempered with a mutual respect for the rights of all people in the academic community. The University of Tulsa Statement on Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities outlines more specifically the rights and responsibilities of all enrolled students at The University of Tulsa.

There are also specific rights pertaining to sexual violence and harassment that are covered by federal law. Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. The law addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual violence, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse. For more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

Kathleen Smith, Title IX Coordinator, 918-631-2321,

Deputy Coordinator for Students

Michael McClendon, Dean of Students, 918-631-2630 ,

Deputy Coordinator for Student Athletes and Athletic Department Employees

Crista Troester, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Mabee Gymnasium, 918-631-3507,

Deputy Coordinator for Study Abroad Programs

Laura Semenow, Director of Student Mobility, Allen Chapman Student Union, 233, 918-631-3226,

Deputy Coordinator for Administrative/Professional and Hourly Staff

Tricia Rahal, Executive Director for Human Resources, Fisher Hall East, Suite 103, 918-631-2250,

Deputy Coordinator for Faculty

Jennifer Airey, Acting Provost, Zink Hall 340, 918-631-2854,

For information on the history of laws that protect students from sexual violence and harassment, including the Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, the 1990 Clery Act, the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, and the 2013 Campus Save Act, please visit our Policies and Laws pages.