Introduction

The following affirmative action program covering women and racial and ethnic minorities has been prepared to meet the requirements of Executive Order 11246, as amended, and more specifically to comply with its implementing regulations, standards and guidelines, as set forth in 41 CFR Chapter 60-2, which is enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Equal Employment Opportunity, Department of Labor. Affirmative action must be applied to all classified, unclassified, limited term and project positions of employment and to all employment practices including, but not limited to: recruiting, hiring, certification, testing, transfers, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, terminations, retention, and committee assignments.

Affirmative action requires employers to do more than ensure employment neutrality for women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities. As the phrase implies, affirmative action requires the employer to make additional efforts to recruit, employ and promote qualified members of groups formerly excluded, even if that exclusion cannot be traced to particular discriminatory actions on the part of the employer. The premise of the affirmative action concept is that unless positive action is undertaken to overcome the effects of systemic institutional forms of exclusion and discrimination, benign neutrality in employment practices will perpetuate the status quo ante indefinitely. The objective of an affirmative action plan is to achieve equal employment opportunity as a durable and permanent feature in the workplace. This is accomplished through specific and result-oriented procedures set forth in an affirmative action program to which the employer is committed to apply every good faith effort.

Included in this program is the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's affirmative action obligations for disabled veterans, recently separated veterans who separated within the last three years, those who are in the Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran category and veterans of the Vietnam era under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, (38 USC 4212) and for persons with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and more specifically, their implementing regulations, as set forth in 41 CFR Chapter 60-250 and 74. UW-Platteville agrees to take affirmative action to employ, advance in employment and otherwise treat qualified disabled veterans and veterans in the above categories without discrimination based upon their disability or veterans status in all employment practices such a the following: employment upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment, advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship.

The analyses and supporting data upon which the program is built was provided by the 2000 Census Data through use of the Affirmative Action Planner, developed by Peopleclick, Inc. Anyone with questions about the program should contact:
Kathleen Kelley
Director of Human Resources
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
One University Plaza
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818
(608) 342-1176