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What is Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action?

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity means providing all individuals with an equal chance to become aware of, apply for, and compete for jobs. Those things which interfere with that equal chance are discriminatory. It applies to all faculty, academic staff, classified, limited term and project positions, and to all employment practices including, but not limited to:


UW Oshkosh is committed to making every good faith effort to achieve the goal of equal employment opportunity.


Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action goes beyond the concept of equal employment opportunity. Affirmative Action means that the University is required to do more than ensure employment neutrality for women, racial/ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. Affirmative Action policies and programs are tools whereby additional efforts are made to recruit, employ and promote qualified members of these formerly excluded groups, even if that exclusion cannot be traced to particular discriminatory actions on the part of the University. Unless affirmative action is undertaken to overcome the present effects of systematic institutional forms of exclusion and discrimination, nondiscriminatory employment practices will perpetuate the present imbalance situation. Through specific and result-oriented activities the University's goals are to ensure that every person is given full consideration through equal employment opportunity practices and achieve a representative workforce through its affirmative action programs.

The Office of Equity and Affirmative Action promotes specific efforts designed to attract candidates from groups affected by discrimination and increase their utilization in the work force. These specific efforts may include special advertising designed to reach specific population groups, redesigning tests, and active recruiting of candidates from specific groups.


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by Clark, Leslie A. last modified May 16, 2012 08:18 AM