September 30, 2016

To:  All Faculty, Staff and Students

From:  Diana Natalicio

Subject:  University Policy Statement on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The University of Texas at El Paso (“University” or “UTEP”) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  The University, in the administration of its employment policies and practices, will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The University will take affirmative steps to ensure that applicants and employees are treated during all aspects of employment, in a non-discriminatory manner.  The University’s commitment to equal opportunity principles applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, and training.  UTEP’s commitment to providing equal opportunity also applies to students, applicants for admission, and other beneficiaries seeking access to our programs, facilities or services.

Our institutional commitment to these policies provides for selection procedures based upon objective, defensible qualifications; promotions based upon documented performance, merit, and potential achievement; evaluations which are accurate and unbiased; and a complaint process which is fair and equitable.  In addition, the University commits itself to increased recruitment efforts to assure that qualified minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with a disability are represented in the applicant pool and are evaluated equitably by search committees or administrative personnel.

 

Complaints regarding impermissible discrimination should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity Office, Kelly Hall, Room 302.  All inquiries will be confidential to the extent permitted by law.  Individuals may be assured that they are protected from coercion, intimidation, or retaliation for filing or assisting in an investigation of a complaint of discrimination.

Responsibility for implementation rests with every member of the University community: administrative officers, deans, department chairpersons, supervisory personnel, and members of search committees.  A copy of the complaint procedure is available at the EO Office or via the web:  www.admin.utep.edu/eoaa