Section: Personnel
Policy Number: 4-1
Policy Name: Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Hiring and Recruitment Policy
Date: January 2000
Revisions: February 12, 2002; March 6, 2002; January 29, 2003; July 19, 2006; July 1, 2008, August 26, 2008; July 1, 2010

The University of Delaware's Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Hiring and Recruitment Policy

The University of Delaware is committed to fostering a robust educational environment in which all people are welcome and feel welcome – one that supports critical thinking, free inquiry, and respect for diverse views and values. As a community, we embrace diversity as an integral and vital part of everyday life and a cornerstone value of our University.  (See the University’s Path to Prominence™ ).  We define diversity broadly to include all of the ways in which individuals differ from each other.  We prize diversity because it helps create an educational environment that best prepares students to contribute to our increasingly interconnected and global society.

The University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and valuing a diverse workforce.  The cornerstone of this effort is our commitment to equal opportunity.  The University strives to hire, retain, and promote highly qualified faculty and staff without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or other protected status, except when one or more of these factors is considered a bona fide occupational qualification and/or when an accommodation would cause an undue hardship to the University.  We welcome individuals of all backgrounds to our workforce and will not tolerate unlawful or unequal treatment of members of our community.  While we take great pride in our policies of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and believe they are essential to the University’s success in teaching, scholarship, and public service, we recognize that our commitment must go beyond words, and that inclusion must become part of the fabric of everyday University life. 

EO/AA Goals and Process

As a federal contractor, the University is subject to Executive Order 11246, which mandates that we ensure equal opportunity in all employment decisions. In compliance with the Order, we have an Affirmative Action Plan in place to address the utilization of women and minorities and the inclusion of persons with disabilities, veterans, and other members of protected classes in the University’s workforce. Under the direction of the Vice President for Administration, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) and Human Resources (HR) Recruitment monitor the University’s progress under the Plan. Detailed information for search committee chairs and hiring officials regarding the University’s EO/AA goals and processes is set forth in the Recruitment Toolkit. The Toolkit is available online at the University of Delaware Job Opportunities website.

To Report Discrimination

The University recognizes the right of faculty members and employees to raise and pursue claims of alleged harassment and discrimination without retaliation for doing so. University employees may pursue these claims though the procedures outlined in , available online at Personnel Policy 4-29. Retaliation will not be tolerated. For more information about reporting unlawful harassment or discrimination, or for confidential information and support, please contact the Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Becki Fogerty (305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716, 302-831-8063). The University of Delaware has designated Thomas Webb, Director of the Office of Disabilities Support Services, as its ADA/Section 504 Coordinator under Federal law. Inquiries concerning Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, Section 504 compliance, campus accessibility, and related issues should be referred to Thomas Webb in the Office of Disabilities Support Services (240 Academy St., Alison Hall, Suite 119, Newark, DE 19716, 302-831-4643). All other inquiries should be referred to the Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Becki Fogerty (305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716, 302-831-8063). Individuals may also report employment discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). EEOC is an independent federal agency originally created by Congress in 1964 to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Commission has authority to establish equal employment policy and to approve litigation. The nearest EEOC field office may be contacted by calling: 1-800-669-4000 (voice) or 1-800-669-6820 (TTY).