Human Resources Manual

Policy No.: 2-2 This policy applies to:
Policy Name: EEO, Affirmative Action & Title IX Non-exempt staff
Effective Date: 08/01/04   Exempt staff
Revised: 03/01/2009 Faculty

Policy

Loyola University New Orleans does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran's status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions. At the same time, as a religious institution, Loyola’s character, goals, and mission are infused by its Jesuit, Catholic values. Loyola is mindful of these values in its employment practices and in seeking personnel who will make a positive contribution to the Loyola community consistent with its religious traditions.

Loyola University New Orleans is committed to promoting the full realization of equal employment opportunity through an affirmative action program, in compliance with applicable laws. A central premise underlying affirmative action is that, absent discrimination, over time our workforce generally should reflect the gender, racial and ethnic profile of the labor pools from which we recruit and select faculty and staff. The University conducts annual analyses designed to evaluate the composition of our workforce and compare it to the composition of our relevant labor pools. If women and minorities are not being employed at the rate expected given their availability in the relevant labor pool, we engage in specific, practical steps to address this underutilization. In addition, our annual analyses measure the effectiveness of our affirmative action program with respect to disabled individuals and veterans.

The University undertakes appropriate outreach and positive recruitment activities to effectively recruit women, minority members, disabled individuals and veterans. It is the practice of this University and its departments to advertise vigorously and to recruit and hire qualified candidates. To this end, the University will take affirmative action to ensure that all qualified applicants and employees receive fair consideration and treatment. The University recruits, hires, trains and promotes persons in all positions, and ensures that all personnel actions are administered, without regard to membership in a protected class. Employment decisions are based only on valid job requirements. The University takes affirmative action to treat all qualified individuals without discrimination in all employment practices, including advertising, recruitment, selection, rates of pay or compensation, benefits and selection for training, professional development, job classifications, job assignments, leaves of absence, retention, promotion, award of tenure, advancement, transfer, demotion, layoff and termination. The University makes reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.

The University monitors and examines its employment decisions, job qualifications and classifications, personnel processes, and compensation systems to evaluate the impact of those systems on women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans.

The University’s approved Affirmative Action Plan provides faculty, staff, student employees and applicants for employment with access to grievance procedures for prompt, fair, and impartial consideration of all complaints of unlawful discrimination on employment matters. Employees and applicants shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination for engaging in any of the following activities: (1) filing a complaint; (2) assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance evaluation, hearing, or other activity related to the enforcement of the University’s non-discrimination obligations; (3) opposing any unlawful employment act or practice; or (4) exercising any other protected rights.

In support of this policy, the University affirms its commitment to undertake programmatic initiatives to ensure that each member of its community understands the importance of the program and his/her individual responsibility to contribute toward its maximum fulfillment. This policy will be widely disseminated to all members of the University community.

Employees with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their immediate supervisor or the Human Resources Director. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX forbids discrimination on the basis of sex against students and employees. Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all aspects of education and all aspects of employment including hiring and promotion, tenure, salaries, benefits, training, demotion, lay-off, firing, transfer and other conditions of employment. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that sexual harassment and sexual assault are types of sex discrimination and thus a violation of Title IX.

Loyola University New Orleans strongly supports equal opportunity in all aspects of University services and employment as provided in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Issues or concerns regarding these policies should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources.