Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

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Policy Code: 
3120
Approval Authority: 
Chancellor
Policy Type: 
University Policy
Policy Owner: 
Administration and Finance
Responsible Office: 
Human Resources - 828.251.6605

I. Purpose

The University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNC Asheville) strives to cultivate an environment that is diverse, inclusive and free from discrimination. UNC Asheville is committed to compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. This policy affirms the university’s commitment to base employment decisions on the principles of equal employment opportunity and with the intent to further UNC Asheville’s commitment to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

II. Scope

This policy applies to employees of UNC Asheville and applicants for employment (both internal and external applicants).

III. Policy

The University of North Carolina at Asheville will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation1, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or genetic information. UNC Asheville will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and the employees are treated during employment, without regard to these categories. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training. Discrimination against any individual based upon these categories is prohibited. UNC Asheville will post in conspicuous places, available to employees and applicants for employment, this Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy.

UNC Asheville will, in all solicitations or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of UNC Asheville, include language indicating that UNC Asheville is an EEO/AA Employer.

UNC Asheville shall base employment decisions on the principles of equal employment opportunity and with the intent to further UNC Asheville’s commitment to affirmative action and equal employment opportunities. It is a violation of this policy to take an adverse employment or academic action against any student, faculty or staff member because he/she has opposed a practice they reasonably believe to be discriminatory, or participated in any investigation or proceeding in accordance with this policy. Procedures for filing and managing allegations of discrimination or harassment are addressed in UNC Asheville’s Unlawful Workplace Harassment Policy.

UNC Asheville’s EEO Administrator is responsible for oversight of the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program and for monitoring its effectiveness. UNC Asheville invites any employee or any applicant for employment to review UNC Asheville’s written Affirmative Action Program (AAP). The AAP is available for inspection upon request during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Human Resources department. Any questions should be directed to Nicole Norian, Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action, as the Affirmative Action Officer.

Applicants are encouraged to identify their race and gender during the application process. This self-identification is strictly voluntary and confidential, and will be used solely for legally required reporting purposes. This information will not be used in any other way and will not be shared with hiring officials.

Employees are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability, special disabled veteran or other covered veteran. This self-identification is strictly voluntary and confidential and will be used solely for legally required reporting purposes. This information will not be used in any other way. Any questions should be directed to Nicole Norian, Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action.


1UNC Asheville acknowledges and understands that the category of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation is not a protected category under federal or state law and therefore cannot be grieved beyond the campus level.