Information & Statements
As UNLV continues its upward trajectory on a number of fronts, diversity is and will remain a crucial part of the fabric of everything we do. As President, I am committed to diversity and to full participation and full engagement both horizontally and vertically throughout this great institution of ours. A large part of this commitment may be seen in the President’s Advisory Council that meets with me on a regular basis and especially in UNLV’s Office of Diversity Initiatives. These two resources as well as a number of important and progressive endeavors that are ongoing speak to the high prominence I place on diversity, fairness, and inclusion at UNLV.
Two such endeavors are the recent policy statement regarding Diversity in Faculty Hiring at UNLV, announced jointly by the Executive Vice President & Provost and the Vice President for Diversity Initiatives; and the newly unveiled Leadership Development Academy, one of whose goals is to increase the representation of women and minority faculty in various leadership positions on campus. I fully support these critical undertakings and encourage all members of the UNLV community to become familiar with them as additional important signposts on our forward path.
Reaffirmation of Commitment to Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity (EEO)
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation — except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or employment qualifications or where marital or veteran status are statutorily defined eligibility criteria for federal or state benefit programs. Further, the university seeks to promote campus diversity by enrolling and employing a larger number of minorities and women where these groups have historically been and continue to be under-represented within the university in relation to availability and may extend preference in initial employment to such individuals among substantially equally qualified candidates, as well as to veterans, Nevada residents, and current state employees seeking promotion.
This affirmation is published in accordance with 41 CFR 60 and is in keeping with Title VII & Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Executive Order 11246; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Nevada Revised Statutes; and the Code and Policies of the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
To ensure that equal educational and employment opportunity exists throughout the university, a results-oriented equal opportunity/affirmative action program has been implemented to overcome the effects of past discrimination and to eliminate any artificial barriers to educational or employment opportunities for all qualified individuals that may exist in any of our programs. The university aims to achieve, within all areas of the university community, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff capable of providing for excellence in the education of its students and for the enrichment of the university community.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas reaffirms its commitment to equality of educational and employment opportunity in its relationships with all members of the university community and its commitment to the elimination of any documented historical and continuing underutilization of women and minorities among the student body or employee complement. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is committed to this program and is aware that with its implementation, positive benefits will be received from the greater utilization and development of previously underutilized human resources.
Unlawful Harassment, Personal Discrimination, and Retaliation
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas affirms that students and employees are entitled to an educational and employment environment free from unlawful harassment or personal discrimination and expressly prohibits unlawful harassment or personal discrimination of any individual among the university community engaged in educational or employment pursuits based on that individual's race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation. Further, no student or employee shall be subject to retaliation for bringing a good faith complaint pertaining to unlawful harassment or personal discrimination or for protesting such behavior directed against another member of the university community.