|Approved on December 2, 2002||Signatures and dates
on archival copy
|William Y. Smith|
Executive Assistant to the President
for Institutional Equity
|Nancy Prichard Crist, Chair
Policy and Procedure Review Committee
|Gary B. North
Vice President for Administration
Ohio University accepts the important distinction between affirmative action and equal opportunity. Equal opportunity assumes that the concept of merit based solely upon a person's ability to perform will govern all personnel and educational decisions. Ohio University is committed to achieve equal opportunity via affirmative action which requires specific efforts to recruit, admit, employ, transfer, and promote members of groups previously excluded. The assertion of this distinction gives impetus to the institution's renewed search for approaches and programs designed to meet our goals and objectives. This is being done in recognition that benign neutrality tends to perpetuate the status quo.
The realization of affirmative action objectives will increase the heterogeneity of the University community and facilitate knowledge of the values and cultures of peoples of the world. This will add a new dimension to the multicultural educational mission of the University. We are committed to cultural pluralism in the belief that this is beneficial to all people and essential in strengthening the fabric of society. This commitment demands that we provide opportunities for people who have been denied educational justice.
The responsibility of overseeing the University's compliance with affirmative action requirements has been delegated by the President of the University to the Executive Assistant to the President for Institutional Equity. Every member of the University community, however, is charged with the responsibility for its attainment.
Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohio.edu/policy/s40-001.html) on August 8, 2012.
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