FACULTY HANDBOOK

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity

Central Connecticut State University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education. It is not acceptable for certain groups of people to continue to be limited by discrimination, from employment and educational opportunities.

The University has the responsibility to ensure the full realization of equal employment opportunity, the employment and promotion of qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap. Equal employment opportunity is considered by Central to include all aspects of employment: application, recruitment, job qualifications and specifications, job restructuring, interviewing procedures, hiring, orientation programs, compensation, benefits, leave, social and recreational programs, training, career development and upward mobility, promotion, evaluation and counseling, transfer, separation and termination.

In order to fully realize equal employment opportunity, the Central Connecticut State University Affirmative Action Plan includes both our present degree of equal employment opportunity attainment and the constant affirmative action efforts necessary to recruit, employ, and promote qualified members of selected groups formerly excluded. The progress of our affirmative action efforts will be reflected in the increased representation of qualified minorities, women, veterans, and the handicapped in all job groups within our work force.

Responsibility for compliance with federal and state affirmative action and equal employment opportunity laws, executive orders and regulations rests with the President. Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Department heads are responsible on a daily basis, and will be held accountable, for the implementation of University policy and procedures regarding affirmative action and equal employment opportunity in their units. All members of our work force are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies of the University concerning these programs and to further the objectives of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

It shall be the responsibility of the Director of Affirmative Action to identify problem areas by organizational units and job groups; to establish, promote and encourage progress in meeting affirmative action goals; to ensure compliance with University policy concerning affirmative action and equal employment opportunity; and to furnish the President with an annual report of the compliance status in each reporting unit and the University as a whole.

Central Connecticut State University will continue to work cooperatively with appropriate federal and state agencies and community organizations which share its equal employment opportunity and affirmative action objectives.

Policy Statement

It is the intellectual and moral responsibility, but more importantly, the POLICY of the leadership of Central Connecticut State University to advance social justice and equity by exercising affirmative action to remove all discriminatory barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility. Accordingly, the University, through this plan of affirmative action, will, with conviction and effort, undertake positively to overcome the present effects of past practices, policies or barriers to equal employment opportunity and to achieve the full and fair participation of women, Blacks, Hispanics, and any other protected group found to be underutilized in the workforce or adversely affected by system policies or practices. Thus, Central Connecticut State University will consistently review its personnel policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which unnecessarily exclude protected classes and practices which have an illegal discriminatory impact are identified and eliminated. The University will explore alternative approaches if any personnel practice is found to have a negative impact on protected classes and establish procedures for any extra efforts that may be necessary to achieve labor market parity.

Equal opportunity is employment of individuals without consideration of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, mental retardation, sexual orientation, physical disability, past or present history of a mental disorder, or prior conviction of a crime, unless the provisions of Sections 46a-68b or 86a-81b of the Connecticut General Statutes are controlling or there is a bona fide occupational qualification excluding persons in one of the above protected groups. Equal employment opportunity is the purpose and goal of affirmative action under Sections 46a-68-31 through 46a-68-74.

The role of affirmative action in each step of the employment process with regard to employment applications, job qualifications, job specification, recruitment practices, personnel policies, job structuring, orientation, training, counseling, grievance procedure, evaluation, layoffs and termination is detailed in the following pages and incorporated by reference herein. Clearly, affirmative action and equal opportunity are immediate and necessary agency objectives for Central Connecticut State University. Additionally, we shall administer all terms, conditions and benefits of employment in an equitable manner. We also recognize the hiring difficulties experienced by the physically disabled and many older persons, and will undertake measures to overcome the present effects of past discrimination, if any, to achieve the full and fair utilization of such persons in the workforce. This policy of non-discrimination will not be limited to employment practices but will extend, as well, to services and programs provided by the University.

It is the policy of Central Connecticut State University that unlawful discrimination be prohibited. Consequently, it shall be a violation of University policy for any member of the University community to discriminate against any individual with respect to any terms, conditions, or privileges relating to employment or attendance at the University because of such individuals race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or any other conditions established by the law.

All executive, administrative, and supervisory personnel are expected to discharge their affirmative action responsibilities, in word and deed, consistent with this agency's objective of establishing and implementing affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.