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Affirmative Action

The Office of Affirmative Action is charged with the responsibility to oversee the University's compliance efforts with state and federal laws surrounding Affirmative Action, Non-Discrimination, and Equal Opportunity and campus-wide initiatives aimed at creating a diverse, welcoming and equitable campus. The office provides advice on policies, programs and services to achieve Affirmative Action goals and enhance the culture of the campus community; including the prevention, reporting, investigation, and remedy of sexual misconduct (including discrimination, harassment, assault, and violence).

The staff of the Office of Affirmative Action delivers educational programs, support activities and programs throughout the campus community (for students, faculty and staff) on the issues of sexual misconduct, equity, diversity, and affirmative action. Programs are offered as scheduled or upon request.

Affirmative Action requires positive steps by federal contractors and subcontractors to increase the representation of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically under represented.

ASU is committed to the goal of equal opportunity for all. This policy is adopted by the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.

All personnel responsible for hiring employees and recruiting students share a responsibility to support the university's equal opportunity and affirmative action program and to provide leadership in achieving its goals.

Executive Order 11246

Prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and requires federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women and members of minority groups.

Section 402 Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance of 1974

Prohibits discrimination based on status as a special disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era and requires federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified special disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era.

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Prohibits discrimination based on disability in federally assisted programs and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Requires policies and practices in employment that do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or genetics.

It is the policy of Arkansas State University to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, age, disability, genetic information, national origin, status as a veteran or other status protected by law; and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive continuing program of affirmative action.

It is the responsibility of all departments and all personnel, supervisory and non-supervisory, to see that this policy is implemented throughout the university.

Affirmative Action Plan

In accordance with public law, the University's plans of affirmative action for minorities & women and individuals with disabilities & covered veterans are available for inspection in the Human Resources Department Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, upon request.

Sexual Misconduct Report

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By reporting and learning about these types of behavior, you help us to improve our campus community. 


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Employee Handbooks

The employee handbooks outline the polices and operating procedures at Arkansas State University. Each employee should be familiar with its contents.

Staff Handbook
Faculty Handbook