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; January 9, 2015

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. 

To the extent permitted by applicable State and Federal laws, the University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, veteran or handicapped status, or gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the ADA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other applicable statutes. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE, 19716 or (302) 831-8063. For further contact information, the University's complete Notice for Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action can be found online at: Legal Notices.

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 Chief Human Resources Officer, the Office of Human Resources monitors the University’s progress under the Plan. The University of Delaware's Affirmative Action Plan may be viewed by University employees during regular business hours at the following locations:

Office of Human Resources, 413 Academy Street, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, (302) 831-2171
Office of Equity and Inclusion, 305 Hullihen Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, (302) 831-8063

or online at this website.



Submitted by: Office of Human Resources