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Policy 17

University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy
Policy #17

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in its employment practices for all persons regardless of race, creed, ancestry, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, arrest or conviction record, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military force of the United States or this state, or any other protected status.

Affirmative action efforts for women, racial/ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities will be undertaken to: 1) ensure equal opportunity and 2) overcome the present effects of past discrimination. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside maintains an Affirmative Action Plan for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, transfers, promoting, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, retention, certification, testing, education, tuition assistance, social or recreational programs, and committee appointments.

The primary responsibility for the University's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan is vested in the Chancellor, the Provost/Vice Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, the Executive Director of University Advancement, the Director of Human Resources, and the Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Diversity. Deans, department chairs, directors and other supervisory staff share responsibility for implementing the University's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan within their areas of responsibility. Performance evaluations of campus administrators include an assessment of their attention to and support of equal opportunity/affirmative action. Violations of the University's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside maintains and supports an Office of Equity & Diversity, located in Wyllie Hall, Room 344, telephone number -- (414)595-2369. The Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity & Diversity, reports directly to the Chancellor and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the University's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan. The Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity & Diversity is a resource and support person for both classified and unclassified personnel.

Procedures are available to provide prompt and fair resolution of grievances and complaints alleging discrimination and/or harassment. These procedures are outlined in employee handbooks, as well as this document, which is distributed to all university offices and departments, and is also available from the Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity & Diversity.

Harassment is verbal or physical conduct which hinders access to employment, interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive or demeaning work environment. Harassment by supervisors or co-workers on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or other protected status is a form of discrimination and is an unlawful employment practice prohibited by the campus. Harassment on the basis of any protected status in service delivery is prohibited by the University. Every effort will be made to prevent and eliminate any form of prohibited harassment.

Retaliation against an employee or applicant who files a discrimination and/or harassment complaint is also a form of discrimination which is prohibited by law and will not be tolerated by the University.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are provided to ensure equal access to employment and all benefits associated with employment. In response to employee requests, reasonable accommodations are provided for religious practices.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy Statement is the foundation of the University's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan.  


           

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