Part 7 Subpart 7-1 Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Sec. 7-101. Policy on Equal Employment Opportunity.

It is the policy of Ferris State University to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, all personnel transactions shall be based on employment-related criteria and qualifications in a manner that does not discriminate with respect to an employee or applicant in any way which violates the University's Policy on Non-Discrimination. Further, as an equal opportunity employer, the University will cooperate fully in the implementation of applicable laws and Executive Orders designed to foster a diverse work environment free from discrimination. In implementing this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, the University will continue to:

  1. Recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles, without any form of discrimination prohibited by the University's Policy on Non-Discrimination;
  2. Make employment decisions in accordance with the principles of equal employment opportunity by imposing only requirements it considers valid for employment opportunities;
  3. Make promotion decisions in accordance with principles of equal employment opportunity by imposing only requirements it considers valid for promotional opportunities;
  4. Require that all personnel actions such as hiring, compensation, benefits, tenure decisions, transfers, layoffs, recall, etc., be made and administered without any form of discrimination prohibited by the University's Policy on Non-Discrimination.

Sec. 7-102. Affirmative Action Program.

In addition to confirming its policy of non-discrimination, the University is committed to developing and implementing an annual Affirmative Action Program, as permitted and required by law, designed to effectuate its commitment to providing Equal Employment Opportunity. The annual Affirmative Action Program will supersede all prior Affirmative Action Programs.

Sec. 7-103. Compliance by University Personnel.

The University expects each employee to comply with this policy of equal employment opportunity. The President shall strongly advocate compliance with and commitment to the University's Affirmative Action Program and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. Academic administrators and all management personnel with responsibility for implementing employment decisions are also accountable for compliance with the University's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, and will be evaluated on their performance, including their compliance with and support of this policy.

Sec. 7-104. Monitoring and Enforcement.

The University has designated the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action to monitor and enforce compliance with this policy. The Director is authorized and directed to develop and, upon approval of the President to implement, the annual Affirmative Action Program, which shall supersede all prior Affirmative Action Programs. The Director shall present reports to the Board each year.

Sec. 7-105. University Policy Regarding Goals.

Aware of its constitutional and statutory obligations to avoid discriminating against any person on the basis of race, sex or national origin, the University will not establish goals which include the establishment of quotas for hiring, placement or promotion, nor will any of the University's goals be administered in a way that illegally discriminates in hiring, appointment or granting tenure to any qualified person on the grounds of race, national origin, sex, or other criteria prohibited by law. Numerical or percentage goals, if any, are to be considered and set only in those circumstances where no other affirmative action can be taken to eliminate the identified problem, and only if such a goal is a reasonable and meaningful remedy for addressing the identified problem. The establishment of any such numerical or percentage goal requires the recommendation of the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and approval by the President.

Sec. 7-106. Availability of Affirmative Action Program for Inspection.

The University's Affirmative Action Program is available for inspection by any applicant or employee upon request at the Office of Affirmative Action, Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

Sec. 7-107. Reporting Violations.

Violations of this Subpart shall be reported to the Office of Affirmative Action, Office of Human Resources, or other appropriate University officials.

Cross References:

Sec. 7-301. Policy on non-discrimination.

Subpart 7-2. Statement of equal opportunity in education and services to the public.

Sec. 7-401. Non-discrimination policy of the University.

Sec. 4-202. Equality of opportunity in contracting.

Sec. 6-102. Equal employment opportunity.

Prior Board Action:

November 20, 1998.

February 12, 2000.

May 4, 2001.

Entire Subpart 7-1 included in October 19, 2001 Codification, Phase I.

Entire Subpart 7-1 included in October 22, 2004 Codification, Phase II.