The complete Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan for Classified Staff is available in the Affirmative Action Office, Brigham 230.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville reaffirms its policy of ensuring equal employment and educational opportunity for all qualified persons regardless of age; race; color; creed; religion; disability; sex; gender identity or expression; marital or parental status; pregnancy; sexual orientation; relationship to other employees; ancestry; national origin; arrest or conviction record; political affiliation; membership in the National Guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state; use or nonuse of lawful products off university premises during nonworking hours; or other protected status.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville provides a proactive program of affirmative action for women, racial/ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities in order to ensure equal opportunity and to help overcome the present effects of past discrimination. Affirmative action/equal opportunity principles are applied to all unclassified, classified, limited term and project positions of employment in all employment practices including, but not limited to: recruiting, interviewing, hiring, promotions, retention, transfers, layoffs, terminations, certification, testing, training, compensation, benefits, and committee assignments.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to: (1) examine periodically all employment policies, practices and procedures for discrimination; (2) maintain a written affirmative action plan; (3) establish and maintain affirmative action committees involving faculty, staff, and students; (4) establish and publish effective procedures for addressing discrimination complaints; (5) evaluate administrators on their attention to and support of affirmative action; (6) appoint an affirmative action director with adequate budget and support staff; (7) prepare an annual affirmative action report; and (8) disseminate affirmative action and equal employment opportunity policies and a summary of this plan.
Harassment by supervisors, co-workers, teachers or fellow students on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, disability, or other protected status is an unlawful practice prohibited by State and Federal law, which UW-Platteville will make every effort to prevent and eliminate. Harassment on the basis of any protected status in service delivery is also prohibited. Procedures for handling complaints that allege discrimination and/or harassment are found in the UW-Platteville Policy and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, which are published in the UW-Platteville Handbook, in Campus Life and at the Human Resources website
. Contact Kathleen Kelley, 322 Brigham Hall, 342-1176 for more information. Retaliation against an employee who files a discrimination/harassment complaint is also a form of discrimination that is against the law and will not be tolerated by the University.
Reasonable accommodations, as outlined in the UW-Platteville Reasonable Accommodations Policies and Procedures
, are provided for persons with disabilities to ensure equal access to employment and all benefits associated with employment. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will also be provided for religious observances/practices.
The Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of the UW-Platteville affirmative action plan. Other senior administrators are responsible for the implementation of the plan within the areas reporting to them. The Affirmative Action Officer, Kathleen Kelley, is responsible for working with the appropriate administrators to develop the affirmative action plan, for monitoring and assessing its implementation, for reporting on progress achieved under the plan, and for coordinating the disposition of harassment and discrimination complaints. Violations of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies should be reported to the Chancellor or designee for determination of the appropriate corrective action.
The legal obligations for equal employment and educational opportunity and affirmative action are covered in the following laws and policies: the Equal Pay Act, as amended; Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Title IX of the Higher Education Act; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Viet Nam Era Veterans Readjustment Act; the Immigration Reform and Control Act; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Chapter 230, Wisconsin Statutes; the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act; State of Wisconsin Executive Order 28; Wisconsin Act 186; and the University of Wisconsin System Equal Employment Opportunity Policies and Equal Opportunities in Education Policy. UW-Platteville is committed to implement not only the letter but also the spirit of these laws and policies.
The Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy Statement will be distributed to the UW-Platteville Administrative Assembly, all current classified employees and future employees. This policy statement will be included in the quarterly newsletter for classified employees and the orientation materials provided to all new employees.
As Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, I call upon each individual associated with the university to join me in pledging a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.
David J. Markee, Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
September 21, 2006