Affirmative action policy


The University of Nevada, Reno's Statement of Policy and Intent represents our commitment to equal employment and educational opportunity. In conformity with federal and state law and university policy we are guided by the principle that there shall be no difference in the treatment of individuals because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Equal opportunity and access to programs shall be available to all members of the university community, both students and employed personnel at every level, and to all units, facilities, and services of the university.

In the employment of all personnel, the university recognizes that, as a public agency, it has a further commitment - it is obligated to support federal and state policies which seek to achieve equal opportunity in employment for members of underrepresented groups, women, individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam era and disabled veterans. As used in this document, underrepresented groups will include African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native. Two important concepts are embodied in equal employment opportunity:

  1. Nondiscrimination
  2. Affirmative Action

Affirmative action requires more than employment neutrality. It requires the University of Nevada to make additional efforts to recruit, employ, retain, and promote qualified women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam era and disabled veterans. The affirmative action concept requires positive action to insure against perpetuation of benign neutrality in employment practices.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Career Development

It is recognized that to some extent achievement of equitable distribution of underrepresented group members and women throughout all job classifications in the university, as projected in goals and timetables, will be the result of initial assignments, subsequent transfers, promotions, and possible training. All such appointments shall be made in accordance with affirmative action and equal opportunity concepts and policies and subject to review by the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Office.

Equal Benefits

University employment benefits will be formulated and administered without discrimination.

Dissemination of Statement

This Affirmative Action Statement will be treated as a public document. One or more copies will be kept on file in the university library and made available to any interested person upon request. All external recruitment sources used by the University will be notified that the University of Nevada, Reno is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Additional Equal Employment Opportunity

University Sanctioned Organizations

Provisions For Individuals With Disabilities And Vietnam Era And Disabled Persons

The university does not discriminate on the basis of disability or veteran status. It is the policy of the University of Nevada, Reno to provide equal opportunity in employment and to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, and Vietnam era veterans.

The University of Nevada, Reno does not discriminate on the basis of disability against a qualified individual with a disability in regard to

  • Recruitment, advertising, and job application procedures;
  • Hiring, upgrading, promotion, award of tenure, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, right of return from layoff, and rehiring;
  • Rates of pay or any other form of compensation and changes in compensation;
  • Job assignments, job classifications, organizational structures; position descriptions, lines of progression, and seniority lists;
  • Leave of absence, sick leave, or any other leave;
  • Fringe benefits available by virtue of employment, whether or not administered by the covered entity;
  • Selection and financial support for training, including: Apprenticeships, professional meetings, conferences, and other related activities, and selection for leaves of absence to pursue training;
  • Activities sponsored by covered entity including social and recreational programs; and
  • Any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.

Consideration of Qualifications

The University of Nevada, Reno will review all personnel practices to determine whether present procedures assure careful, thorough and systematic consideration of job qualifications of known disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans and applicants with disabilities for vacancies filled by hiring or promotion, and for all training opportunities offered or available. The University assures that only the portion of veteran's military records relevant to the specific job applied for shall be considered in determining qualifications. Appropriate and required records will be maintained.

Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications

The University of Nevada, Reno will annually review all physical and mental job requirements to insure that no requirements tend to screen out qualified, disabled veterans and other individuals with disabilities, and that all requirements are job related and consistent with business necessity and safe performance of the job.


The University of Nevada, Reno will make reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities when necessary to employ, advance in employment, provide access to training and participate in university activities. Reasonable accommodations may include modification of the work site, special aids or devices relevant to performance of the job, modification of job tasks when such modification does not substantially change the job duties or requirements, and providing flexibility in working hours or schedules when possible to allow qualified individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to jobs, training, advancement and activities, to the extent that such accommodations do not adversely affect the operation of the university.

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the University of Nevada, Reno, that the sexual harassment of students, employees and users of university facilities is unacceptable and prohibited. This stance is consistent with the University's efforts to maintain equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity, non-discrimination in program services, use of facilities, and the affirmative action program. The Equal Opportunity/Title IX Office publishes a policy that gives detailed information about sexual harassment. These are available in the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Office and other offices across campus.

Sexual harassment is the introduction of sexual activities or comments into the work or learning situation. Oftentimes, sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study, or grading benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have a harmful effect on a person's ability to study or work.

For general policy purposes, sexual harassment may be described as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or educational environment.

In keeping with this policy, the University of Nevada, Reno is undertaking an education and prevention plan of action to protect employees, students, and users of university facilities from sexual harassment and to rid the university of such conduct.

Anyone subjected to suspected sexual harassment should contact the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Office at the University of Nevada, Reno. Contacts are confidential. Sexual harassment grievances will be handled according to the procedure summarized below.

Grievance Procedures