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Section B
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

B-8: Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Adoption Date: 03/16/92  |  Revision Date: 04/26/04  |  Revision Date: 08/29/06 |  Revision Date: 08/26/08 | Revision Date: 12/04/18

The principles of equal employment opportunity and the right of all persons to work and to advance on the basis of merit, ability, and potential shall be considered by Prairie State College as fundamental to the Mission and Goals of the College.

It is the policy of Prairie State College to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, citizenship status, or membership in any other groups protected against discrimination under federal, state or applicable local law. Prairie State College shall be committed to the principles of affirmative action/equal opportunity in order to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in positions where they have not been traditionally employed.

As a positive commitment to affirmative action/equal opportunity and fair labor practices, Prairie State College shall assure that the components of this policy are applied at all levels and in all segments and locations of the College community including faculty, students, staff, and administrative employees and for all agencies, persons, vendors, and other organizations which contract to do business with the College.

The College President shall be responsible to cause the development and maintenance of an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Plan in compliance with this policy and other applicable federal and state rules and statutes. Supervising managers shall be held accountable to achieve the actions, recommendations, and goals of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Policies & Status Report.

The President shall be delegated responsibility to appoint an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Officer and to establish administrative procedures and guidelines to ensure implementation of the College's affirmative action/equal opportunity policies. The President shall have ultimate responsibility to enunciate and reaffirm the College's affirmative action/equal opportunity policies and to take steps to assure that each supervising manager and all employees are fully aware of these policies and of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Policies & Status Report.