Policies & Laws

Equal Opportunity Laws

Numerous federal and state laws and executive orders prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment and education.

“EEO is the Law” Poster
Summary of Major Federal Equal Opportunity Laws
Major Federal Equal Opportunity Laws: By Category
Enforcement Agencies

Equal Opportunity Policies

The University of Alabama provides equal opportunity in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), age, disability, or veteran status.

Harassment Policy
Title IX
Child Protection Policy
UAact: Working together to create an ethical community defined by respect and civility
Consensual Romantic Relationship Policy

Nondiscrimination Notice

The University of Alabama is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action. The University of Alabama complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (VEVRAA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, national origin, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), age, disability or veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs and services. Inquiries or concerns regarding The University’s Title IX or gender-related compliance may be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Beth Howard, 152A Rose Administration Building, Box 870114, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0114, (205) 348-5496, gbhoward@ua.edu. All other inquiries and concerns may be directed to Dr. Gwendolyn Hood, University Compliance Officer, 171 Rose Administration Building, Box 870300, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0300, (205) 348-5855 (Voice), (205) 348-5573 (TDD), ghood@aalan.ua.edu.  

Reaffirmation of Equal Opportunity Policy and Nondiscrimination Notice, Compliance with the Americans with Disabillities Act and Vietnam Era Veterans Adjustment Assistance Act, as Amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (VEVRAA) and The University of Alabama Statement on Diversity

November 5, 2014
MEMORANDUM TO: All Faculty, Staff, and Students
FROM:
Judy Bonner
RE:
REAFFIRMATION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY AND NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE, COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND VIETNAM ERA VETERANS ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE ACT, AS AMENDED BY THE JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT OF 2002 (VEVRAA) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY

REAFFIRMATION OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY

The University annually reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity, acknowledging publicly its obligation to operate in a constitutional and non-discriminatory fashion, both as an Equal Opportunity Employer and as an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution. This serves as a reminder to all within our community that faculty, staff, and students must conduct themselves in a manner free of unlawful discrimination of any kind in the educational processes and in interactions within the workplace.

As an academic community, our educational mission is enhanced by the robust exchange of ideas that occurs within a diverse and inclusive learning environment, with a diverse student body, faculty and staff. We are dedicated to the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, to advancing the ideals of individual worth and human dignity, and to maintaining a nurturing and respectful learning environment. Individuals who live, work, teach, and study within this community are expected to contribute positively to the environment and to refrain from behaviors which threaten the freedom or respect that every member of our community deserves.

The University of Alabama is committed to compliance with all applicable laws regarding the concept and practice of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action. The University’s programs of affirmative action for women and minorities, for qualified individuals with disabilities, and for protected veterans are available for inspection upon request and during regular business hours in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.

NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE

The University of Alabama complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Adjustment Assistance Act, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (VEVRAA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, national origin, sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), age, disability or protected veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs and services. Inquiries or concerns regarding The University’s Title IX or gender-related compliance may be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Beth Howard, 152A Rose Administration Building, Box 870114, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0114, (205) 348-5496, gbhoward@ua.edu. All other inquiries and concerns may be directed to Dr. Gwendolyn Hood, University Compliance Officer, 171 Rose Administration Building, Box 870300, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0300, (205) 348-5855 (Voice), (205) 348-5573 (TDD), ghood@aalan.ua.edu.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

In keeping with its mission and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable laws, The University of Alabama is committed to providing qualified persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all programs and services offered by the University. Reasonable accommodations for program accessibility and employment are made on an individualized basis. It is the responsibility of persons with disabilities, however, to seek available assistance and make their needs known to the offices identified below. While the University strives to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities as fully as possible, reasonable accommodations do not include measures which fundamentally alter the University’s programs and services or which place an undue administrative or financial burden on the University.

EMPLOYEE REQUEST FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: An employee with a qualifying disability may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation to help perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, and may include acquisition or modifications of equipment or devices; adjustments or modifications of training materials or policies; changes in the physical layout of the work space; or other accommodations that may be reasonable and appropriate. More information for employees and supervisors is available at http://hr.ua.edu/ada. Employees requesting reasonable accommodations should complete the Employee Accommodation Request form available at the above website and submit the completed form to the HR ADA Coordinator, Emily Marbutt, at emarbutt@fa.ua.edu.

VOLUNTARY INVITATION TO SELF-IDENTIFY DISABILITY: The University’s program of affirmative action invites employees who believe they are individuals with disabilities to identify themselves by completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form found at http://hr.ua.edu/ada (and which in the future will be available on the Employee tab in MyBama under Employee Services). The information disclosed in this form is being requested on a voluntary basis, and will be used and be kept confidential in accordance with the ADA. Refusal to provide this information will not subject any employee to any adverse treatment. The information disclosed is used solely for affirmative action purposes; therefore, employees who self-identify as having a disability who also require reasonable accommodations to perform their job must follow the process noted above.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: The University has designated the Office of Disability Services (ODS) (http://ods.ua.edu) as the campus coordinating office for the provision and delivery of services and for recommending reasonable accommodations that ensure the University’s programs, services, and activities are accessible to students with qualifying and documented disabilities. Students with qualifying disabilities are required to register with ODS. Services for students focus upon providing accommodations and services to help meet University demands, while promoting student responsibility and self-advocacy. The ODS also serves as a resource to faculty members and University departments, assisting them in accommodating the needs of students with disabilities in the classroom and other program settings.

CAMPUS VISITORS: Patrons with disabilities who are participating in University-sponsored programs and activities should make their requests for reasonable accommodations directly to the department or unit sponsoring the program/activity, or to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs by calling (205) 348-5855 (Voice) or (205) 348-5573 (TDD), or by emailing ghood@aalan.ua.edu.

ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY: The University’s technology accessibility website (http://accessibility.ua.edu/) identifies resources to help employees ensure that information, services, courses, and technology are inclusive and accessible in accordance with applicable law. An individual with a disability who is having difficulty accessing information on a public University of Alabama webpage or other technology should contact Dr. Rachel Thompson at rsthompson2@ua.edu for assistance.

ACCESSIBLE FACILITIES AND GROUNDS: The University is committed to identifying and removing potential accessibility barriers in its facilities and on its grounds for employees, students, and campus visitors with mobility impairments. To report an ADA accessibility problem on campus, you are encouraged to call the ADA Hotline at 205-348-5882 and leave a message, or send an e-mail to facilities@fa.ua.edu.

ADA COORDINATOR & WEBSITE: Inquiries concerning ADA requirements and compliance may be directed to Dr. Gwendolyn Hood, University Compliance Officer and ADA Coordinator, 171 Rose Administration Building, Box 870300, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0300, (205) 348-5855 (Voice), (205) 348-5573 (TDD). Further information about the University’s commitment to individuals with disabilities and the provision of reasonable accommodations can be found at http://eop.ua.edu/disabilities.html.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE VIETNAM ERA VETERANS’ ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE ACT, AS AMENDED BY THE JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT OF 2002 (VEVRAA)

In keeping with its mission and in accordance with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Adjustment Assistance Act, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 (VEVRAA) and other applicable laws, The University of Alabama is committed to providing persons who are protected veterans an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all programs and services offered by the University and is committed to compliance with affirmative action laws related to protected veterans. It is the policy of The University of Alabama not to discriminate against an individual’s status as a protected veteran regard to recruitment or advertising, hiring, training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, provided the individual is qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential functions of the job.

DISABLED VETERAN’S REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Protected veterans who are disabled are invited to identify accommodations the University could make that would enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, including special equipment, changes in the physical layout of the job, changes in the way the job is customarily performed, provision of personal assistance services or other accommodations. Disabled veterans requesting reasonable accommodations should complete the Employee Accommodation Request form available at http://hr.ua.edu/ada, and submit the completed form to the HR ADA Coordinator, Emily Marbutt, at emarbutt@fa.ua.edu.

VOLUNTARY INVITATION TO SELF-IDENTIFY PROTECTED VETERAN STATUS: As a Government contractor subject to VEVRAA, the University is required to submit a report to the United States Department of Labor each year identifying the number of its employees belonging to each specified “protected veteran” category. In compliance with this mandate, the University invites employees who believe they are protected veterans to identify themselves by completing the form entitled Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veterans for Post-Offer and Current Employees, which may be found at http://hr.ua.edu/policies-and-forms (and which in the future will be available on the Employee tab in MyBama under Employee Services). Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject an employee to any adverse treatment. The information provided will be used only in ways that are not inconsistent with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY

The work of The University of Alabama is of critical importance to our state, nation, and world. Each day our students, faculty, staff, and administrators touch lives through their amazing work in and out of the classroom. Guiding our work is a set of core values. They include, but are not limited to creating an environment that fosters integrity, respect, trust, openness, exceptional performance, and accountability. We work to create an environment that encourages each individual to realize their full potential as we embrace their differences.

The mission of The University of Alabama is to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the State through quality programs of teaching, research, and service. That educational mission is enhanced by the robust exchange of ideas that occurs within a diverse and inclusive environment. Students who learn from each other and from faculty members and administrators, including those at the highest levels of leadership, in an environment with a variety of backgrounds are better able to understand, appreciate, and contribute to our twenty-first century global society. Consequently, the University endorses a student, faculty, and administrative community enriched by individuals of diverse national origins, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, cultures, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, ages, physical abilities, and religious and political beliefs. The University is committed to offering diverse cultural programs, intercultural education, and other educational initiatives (such as the University’s Crossroads Community Center) that enhance awareness and appreciation of cultural and individual diversity, promote community, and prepare students for the global society in which they will live and work.

As an institution of higher learning, The University of Alabama attaches great value to freedom of speech and open debate, but it also attaches great importance to the principles of civility and respect which govern an academic community. Harassment or other illegal discrimination against individuals or groups not only is a violation of University Policy and subject to disciplinary action, but also is inconsistent with the values and ideals of the University. Likewise, retaliation in the form of harassment, intimidation, threats, or coercion, or in the form of any materially adverse harm that would dissuade a reasonable student or employee from filing a harassment or discrimination complaint or participating in a related investigation is also prohibited. Engaging in any such retaliatory action may also subject the student or employee to disciplinary action.

The University maintains the UACT website (www.ua.edu/uact/), which provides a comprehensive list of available reporting channels through which students, employees and campus visitors can report acts of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence (including dating violence, domestic violence and stalking), hazing, threat assessment or fraud, and violation of the Child Protection Policy. Members of the University community are encouraged to review the information on that website, and to refer those with issues of concern to that website to ensure prompt reporting to the appropriate University officials.

It is the goal of The University of Alabama to cultivate a hospitable campus environment in which all members of the University can work together and learn from each other in a climate of mutual respect. I pledge my personal commitment to this goal, and I hope that all in the campus community will pledge their commitment as well.