Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is the difference between affirmative action, equal employment, and diversity?
Affirmative action seeks to ensure that qualified applicants and employees receive an equal employment opportunity. Equal Employment prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, disability or religion. Diversity seeks to celebrate and include those human qualities that are different from our own and those of groups to which we belong.
What is Discrimination?
Discrimination is an act, or series of acts that adversely affect the employment opportunities of one or more individuals because of his, her, or their race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or any other factor that under state or federal laws may not be considered as a basis for employment. Unlawful discrimination may be intentional or unintentional. UAPB will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, veteran status or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance and other personal or educationally-related actions.
Who is a Covered Veteran?
Covered veterans include Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans, special disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal veterans, and any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.
Who are Individuals with Disabilities?
Individuals with disabilities include any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment without reference to any mitigating measures available to the person.
I have just applied for a position at UAPB and have been asked to disclose my race and sex. Do I have to give this information?
If you are an applicant, this information is voluntary and not a condition of employment. However, this information is important for affirmative action recruitment purposes. The information is not given to the hiring department, and is kept in the Office of Human Resources for statistical purposes.
I just accepted a position at UAPB and have been asked for race and sex information. Do I have to give it?
Yes. UAPB is a federal contractor. UAPB is required to report information about its workforce, including race and sex data, to the federal government. You must provide this information after you are hired. This information is determined by self-identification. That is, you decide which of the five racial categories best describes you. The federal government has provided guidelines on who it sees as being part of each category. This information is used for statistical reporting to the federal government, accreditation bodies, grant-awarding agencies, as well as for internal benchmarking and review.
As a hiring manager/search committee, may I/search committee receive the race and sex of the candidates being interviewed?
We cannot give that information to hiring departments. We use that information for statistical purposes only. Because it is illegal to hire on the basis of race or sex, knowing that information could create a legal liability. Additionally, applicants are told that the information is voluntary, not a condition of employment, and will not be shared with the hiring authority.
Is everything I tell you kept confidential?
We respect your desire for confidentiality. However, it is necessary to share information with other people on campus strictly on a need-to-know basis in an effort to ensure a successful resolution to your situation.
I am about to advertise a vacant position in a newspaper or magazine. Do I have to put EEO/AA on the bottom of the ad?
At a minimum, you must put at the bottom of the ad, “UAPB is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.” You may also state “UAPB is an inclusive Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to excellence.” We do not consider the abbreviations sufficient notice.
Why do we need affirmative action and equal employment opportunity at UAPB?
UAPB is a federal contractor and receives millions of dollars in federal grants. As a matter of both institutional policy and its obligation as a federal government contractor, UAPB is committed to principles of diversity and affirmative action and will comply with all affirmative action requirements in accordance with law.
What do I need to do if I have been a victim or witnessed someone being discriminated against?
UAPB abhors and condemns all forms of bigotry and racism. Such behavior is a violation of an individual’s human rights and is also unlawful. UAPB does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status. All complaints or allegations of slurs, inscriptions, jokes, or other offensive behavior based on race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability which occurs in the workplace or are related to the workplace are to be reported to the appropriate department head. Any employee, faculty member or student may also contact the Office of Human Resources should the complainant feel uncomfortable in reporting the incident to the department head.
Does support for affirmative action mean support for preferential selection procedures that favor unqualified candidates over qualified candidates?
No. Affirmative action seeks to recruit, employ and advance in employment qualified women, persons of color, persons with disabilities and covered veterans.