Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action FAQ

The Human Resource Services Office is a professional resource committed to developing and sustaining an educational and work environment where respect, trust, and equality of opportunity enable members of the university community to achieve their goals and objectives. The Human Resource Services Office is able to accomplish its mission by implementing and enforcing the University’s policies on nondiscrimination in employment. They provide services that help create and maintain a fair and equitable work environment. Human Resource Services Office also provides and facilitates training to bring about awareness on these topics.

Affirmative Action is a program created by the Federal government in 1964. It’s designed to remedy past discrimination in employment and eliminate current and future race and gender discrimination. Affirmative Action at the University promotes race and gender diversity in employment by recruiting women and minorities into the applicant pools.

No. Affirmative Action at the University does not give people an advantage in getting hired or promoted. There are no “hiring quotas” and no special treatment should ever be given for any reason unrelated to job qualifications. Only the best qualified person for the job should be considered for hire or promoted. These decisions should never be based on someone’s minority status, and all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was created to ensure that people with disabilities are protected from discrimination and have an equal opportunity to utilize services and resources in our society. University policy and the ADA prohibit discrimination against disabled: Staff (regardless of full-time employment status or probationary period), Faculty, Students/Athletes, Visitors, University Student Residents, and Participants in University activities. Also, in support of the ADA, the University provides for equal access to University programs and activities, and for reasonable accommodation in both academic programs and in the workplace.

Any requested modification or adjustment to job duties or schedule, or to the work environment, that enables a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to ensure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities. Contact the Human Resource Services office to request ADA accommodations. If you are a student and would like to request an academic accommodation, please contact Counseling Services at (808) 675-3518.