Trustees Approve Renovations, Nondiscrimination Language
By University Communications Staff
Extracted from Article published May 25, 2005 in
"The View from The University of Vemont"
In its May 19-21 meetings, the Board of Trustees approved...the inclusion of language about gender identity and expression in university nondiscrimination policies.
Diversity Committee: The phrase "to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression," will become part of the University's Equal Opportunity and its Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy statements, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by the committee during its May 16 meeting and later approved by the board as a whole.
The change — initiated by the President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity — is in line with steps taken by other institutions, committee chair Thomas Little said in prepared remarks. Previously, the phrase appeared as an annotation at the end of the policy statements.
The board-approved amended Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy Statement reads as follows:
“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, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, positive HIV-related blood test results, status as a disabled or Vietnam Era Veteran, or gender identity or expression, as these terms are defined under applicable law, or any other factor or characteristic protected by law.
“In addition, the University of Vermont recognizes that discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment are forms of unlawful discrimination, and it is, therefore, the policy of the University that discriminatory harassment and sexual harassment will not be tolerated.”