Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
November 23, 2020
To: All Faculty, Staff, and Students
From: Equal Opportunity Office
Subject: University Policy Statement on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
The University of Texas at El Paso (“University” or “UTEP”) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University, in the administration of its employment policies and practices, will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The University will take affirmative steps to ensure that applicants and employees are treated in a non-discriminatory manner in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, and training. UTEP’s commitment to providing equal opportunity also applies to students, applicants for admission, and other beneficiaries seeking access to University programs, facilities, or services.
Our institutional commitment to these policies provides for selection procedures based upon objective, defensible qualifications; promotions based upon documented performance, merit, and achievement; evaluations which are accurate and unbiased; and a complaint process which is fair and equitable. In addition, the University commits itself to increased recruitment efforts to ensure that qualified minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with a disability are represented in the applicant pool and evaluated equitably by search committees or administrative personnel.
Complaints regarding impermissible discrimination should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity Office, Kelly Hall, Room 302. All inquiries will be confidential to the extent permitted by law. Individuals may be assured that they are protected from retaliation for filing or cooperating in an investigation of a complaint of discrimination. A copy of the complaint procedure is available at the Equal Opportunity Office, or electronically in the Handbook of Operating Procedures under Section VI, Chapter 1, www.utep.edu/vpba/hoop.
Our commitment to equal opportunity principles and policies is shared by all members of the University community.