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Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to a program of affirmative action in order to fulfill that policy. The university will accordingly recruit and hire into all positions the most qualified persons in light of job-related requirements, and applicants and employees shall be treated in employment matters without regard to unlawful criteria including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or status as a disabled or Vietnam-Era Veteran as these terms are defined under applicable law.

In addition, the University of Vermont recognizes that sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination, and it is therefore the policy of the university that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.

Further, employees and applicants will not be subjected to harassment because they have engaged in or may engage in the following: filing a complaint; assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance evaluation, or any other activity related to the administration of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 ("VEVRAA"), Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Rehabilitation Act"), or the Affirmative Action provisions of federal, state or local law; opposing any act or practice made unlawful by VEVRAA, requiring equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, or veterans of the Vietnam Era; or exercising any rights under VEVRAA, or the Rehabilitation Act.

Questions regarding this policy statement or compliance with its provisions may be directed to Wanda Heading-Grant, Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, University of Vermont, 428 Waterman Building, Burlington, VT 05405 (802-656-3368).Questions may also be directed to government agencies having oversight and enforcement authority with respect to the referenced laws. A complete listing of such agencies may be obtained from the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.

Sources: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Immigration and Reform and Control Act of 1986; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 402 of the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment rights Act of 1994; Executive Order 11246 as amended; the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act; and such other federal, state and local non-discrimination laws as may apply.

Note: This Statement of Policy is the official University of Vermont Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy Statement and supersedes all prior policy statements regarding its subject matter. It may be modified only by written statement issued by the president as chief executive officer of the university or by formal action by the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College Board of Trustees. This Policy Statement is designed to express the university's intent and commitment to comply with the requirements of federal, state and local non-discrimination laws. It shall be applied co-extensively with such laws, and shall not be interpreted as creating any rights, contractual or otherwise, that are greater than exist under such non-discrimination laws. Persons seeking to participate in employment opportunities offered by the university must consult position and program descriptions to determine criteria for eligibility. All such criteria shall be established in a manner consistent with the legal requirements herein referenced.

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