Ohio UniversitySUPERCEDED - Administration Policy and Procedure

40.001:  Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity

SUPERCEDED on August 3, 2012

Current Version


Approved on December 2, 2002Signatures and dates
on archival copy


when approved 

Initiated by:

William Y. Smith
Executive Assistant to the President
for Institutional Equity

Reviewed by:

Nancy Prichard Crist, Chair
Policy and Procedure Review Committee

Endorsed by:

Gary B. North
Vice President for Administration

Approved by:

Stephen Kopp

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To provide a uniform policy on equal opportunity and affirmative action in all areas of employment and educational relationships at Ohio University.


It is the policy of Ohio University that there shall be no discrimination against any individual in educational or employment opportunities because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation or handicap. Also, there shall be no discrimination because of age except in compliance with requirements of retirement plans or state and federal laws and guidelines. Furthermore, the University maintains a vigorous affirmative action program in order to promote equal employment opportunities and to ensure non-discrimination in all educational programs and activities. All programs to implement this policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.

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.


There are no specific procedures that are part of this policy statement.


Proposed revisions of this policy should be reviewed by:

  1. Policy and Procedure Review Committee


There are no forms that are specific to this policy.

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Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohio.edu/policy/s40-001.html) on August 8, 2012.

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