UW-Superior Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Policies

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunity for all qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, relationship to other employees, sexual orientation, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin, or other protected status.

Equal employment opportunity applies to all faculty, students, academic staff, classified, limited term and project positions, and to all employment practices including, but not limited to: recruitment, interviewing, screening, hiring, certification, testing, placement, classification, evaluation, transfers, promotions, tenure, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, non-contract renewals, terminations, retention, and committee assignment. Affirmative Action policies and programs are required to overcome the present effects of past discrimination and to achieve equal employment opportunity for members of groups that are or have been formerly under-represented. Through specific and result-oriented activities the University's goals are to ensure that every person is given full consideration through equal employment opportunity policies and practices and to achieve a representative workforce through its affirmative action efforts.

UW-Superior ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to employment and all benefits associated with employment. When requested, reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices will be provided.

All management personnel share in the responsibility for monitoring all equal employment and affirmative action policies. The Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of equal opportunity and, where necessary, the implementation of affirmative action programs.

Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that hinders access to employment; interferes with an individual's work performance; or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive or demeaning work environment. Harassment by supervisors and/or co-workers on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other discriminatory bases are unlawful employment practices prohibited by state statutes, the Office of State Employment Relations, and UW-Superior and will not be tolerated. Retaliation against an employee who files a discrimination or harassment complaint, or against anyone who assists in the preparation of or testifies on behalf of an employee, is itself considered a form of discrimination and will be treated as such. Persons seeking to file a complaint of harassment or discrimination should first bring the situation to the attention of their immediate supervisor. However, the employee may bypass their immediate supervisor and directly contact UW-Superior's Affirmative Action Officers Erika Bjerketvedt (unclassified employees) or Laura Dahl (classified employees); visit them at Old Main 201; or call 715-394-8220 .

The University's EEO/AA policies and procedures, including processes for the investigation and resolution of discrimination and/or harassment complaints, are detailed in the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook, the Classified Staff Handbook, and on the Human Resource website. Handbook copies are distributed to all employees.

Approved Feb 2007 (officers updated 2-2-2015)