Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of UW Colleges to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women and persons with disabilities through a comprehensive affirmative action program. Affirmative action efforts for women, racial or ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans will be undertaken to ensure equal opportunity and to overcome the present effects of past discrimination. The policy applies to all units and governs employment of all employees of UW Colleges, and covers all aspects of the employment relationship. In conformity with applicable University of Wisconsin System and Board of Regents policies, the chancellor of UW Colleges provides the Office of Inclusion with an adequate budget and staff commensurate with the responsibility for ensuring AA/EEO compliance and will maintain an affirmative action/equal opportunity committee. Furthermore, UW Colleges is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities to ensure equal access to employment and to all benefits associated with employment, and provides reasonable accommodations for religious practices upon request from employees.

In accordance with applicable federal laws, state statutes, and University of Wisconsin System and Board of Regents policies, the University of Wisconsin Colleges will protect and provide redress against discrimination or harassment in employment and educational opportunities on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural identity or expression, disability, arrest record, conviction record, veteran status or membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or Wisconsin. Any employee, student, or member of the public who believe they have witnessed unlawful discrimination or harassment, or feel they have been the target of unlawful discrimination or harassment, are encouraged to report the incident to a supervisor, campus administrator, HR professional, or to the Affirmative Action Officer in the Office of Inclusion. Retaliation against a person who files a discrimination complaint is also a form of discrimination which is against the law and will not be tolerated.

Complaint processes and procedures are available for all employees, students, and members of the public alleging unlawful discrimination and/or harassment in the employment setting can be found on the Office of Inclusion's website. Notice of fair employment rights and procedures are posted at the various personnel offices as well as at all employing units.

The Affirmative Action Plan can be viewed in its entirety during normal business hours at the Office of Inclusion, 432 N. Lake Street, Room 501, Madison, WI 53706. If you have any questions about AA/EEO or to request reports or documents in an alternative format, please call 608-262-0277 or 7-1-1 for Wisconsin Relay. You can also contact oedi@uwex.edu for a copy of the report.