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Chapter 4

ARTICLE X. Equal Opportunity Policy*


All faculty and staff of the University are governed by an equal opportunity policy requiring affirmative action to implement the principles of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order No. 11246.


The following policy statements will be of particular interest to faculty members. The full documents may be obtained from the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity or the Office of the Provost.


It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University to select its faculty and staff without regard to race, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran protected under U.S. federal law.


It is the University's policy to take affirmative action in recruitment of faculty. Case Western Reserve University, as a graduate research university, hires its faculty in a national market from among those with the highest academic credentials, either the Ph.D. or the most advanced professional degree. University goals to increase the diversity of the candidate pool and to recruit women and minorities are therefore based on the national availability of these persons in their respective disciplines.


Faculty hiring procedures must follow affirmative action requirements, must be documented, and must be submitted to the Office of the Provost. Written position descriptions with clearly stated criteria are to be developed and submitted to the Office of the Provost. Public advertising should be placed in journals likely to be read by well qualified women and minority candidates, and special efforts should be made to identify candidates through personal or written contacts with sources likely to be aware of promising potential applicants. Search processes must be conducted with objectivity and impartiality. All records relating to a search shall be maintained for three years, except for those credentials explicitly labeled for return or destruction. The Office of the Provost is available to assist in the academic search process, especially in providing information regarding agencies and associations maintaining rosters of women and minority candidates. Finally, before an offer to a candidate may be made, the Office of the Provost must certify that the requirements of affirmative action have been met.


Progress of departments and schools in increasing the diversity of the candidate pool and increasing diversity in the workplace will be continuously monitored by the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity and the Office of the Provost, and a program of education will continue to be carried on at the University so as to publicize the need for affirmative action and non-discrimination.


It is the University's policy to allocate responsibilities and provide promotion opportunities to all faculty and staff employees based upon qualifications, performance, and potential, without regard to race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran or military servicemember protected under federal or state law.


It is the University's policy to set levels of compensation (including salary and fringe benefits) for all faculty members without regard to race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.


Faculty and staff are to avoid or remove themselves from situations that may compromise their authority by making decisions favoring one's own gain or gain for personal friends or family members. The specific areas of concern include contract awards, accurate record keeping, hiring, or performance review and compensation decisions. Faculty and staff are to avoid circumstances that favor an individual rather than the University's interests.


It is the University's policy to provide procedures for faculty or staff employees who feel they have been treated unfairly in employment for any reason, including discrimination based on race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran or military servicemember protected under federal or state law. The Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity coordinates the handling of such complaints by employees. The procedures utilized for faculty are set out in Chapter 3, Part One, V, Grievance Procedures. The procedures for staff are set out in the university's Human Resources Policies and Procedures.


In not renewing the appointment of or in terminating faculty members and staff employees, it is the University's policy to proceed without regard to race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran or military servicemember protected under federal or state law.


It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University to make appointments and to select members for groups and committees concerned with university governance without regard to race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran or military servicemember protected under federal or state law.


It is the policy of Case Western Reserve University to recruit and admit qualified students at all levels without regard to race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran or military servicemember protected under federal or state law.; furthermore, it is the policy of Case Western Reserve University to give increased emphasis to the recruiting of women and minority students in areas of the University where they are not represented in proportion to their availability.


It is the University's policy to provide access to all university facilities, services, activities, and funding without regard to race, religion, sex, age, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other veteran or military servicemember protected under federal or state law.


*This policy statement summarizes a long series of actions by the Board of Trustees.