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Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Policies

Position Statement

The Massachusetts State Colleges/Universities provide equal access to educational, co-curricular and employment opportunities at the Colleges/Universities for all applicants, students and employees regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. All benefits, privileges and opportunities offered by the Colleges are available to all students, employees and other persons having dealings with the institutions on a non-discriminatory basis. The Colleges/Universities are committed to taking a pro-active affirmative action posture with respect to their recruitment, selection and promotion of students and employees.

Non-discrimination requires the elimination of all existing discriminatory conditions, whether purposeful or inadvertent. The Massachusetts State Colleges/Universities are continuing to systematically examine all policies and procedures to be sure that they do not, if implemented as stated, operate to the detriment of any person on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or national origin. The Colleges/Universities shall require that the practices of those responsible in matters of employment and education, including all supervisors and faculty, are non-discriminatory. Should the University discover discrimination in treatment or effect in any employment, educational or service decision, action, inaction or practice within the University, all appropriate corrective and/ or disciplinary actions shall be taken under the direction of the President of the University subject to any applicable collective bargaining agreement or other policy or procedure of the University.


The Massachusetts State Colleges/Universities are committed to a policy of affirmative action, equal opportunity, non-discrimination and diversity. They are committed to providing a learning, working and living environment for their students, employees and other members of the University community which values the diverse backgrounds of all people. The Colleges/Universities are committed to assuring that the “College/University Experience” is one which challenges, empowers, supports and prepares its students to live in, work in, and value our increasingly global and diverse world. The Colleges/Universities believe that the diversity of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability backgrounds of members of the University community enriches the institutions and their various constituencies. The Colleges/Universities will not tolerate behavior based in bigotry which has the effect of discriminating unlawfully against any member of their communities.




The following specific policies are established:


·         Affirmative action and equal opportunity shall apply to all
segments of the University: full and part time employment,
day and continuing education; the curriculum and offerings
of the University.

·         Equal opportunity and affirmative action shall be applied to
the recruitment process for employment and/or access to education.

·         Students will have access to the University, programs of study, activities, and other resources intended to serve them,
according to the policies of the University.

·         Affirmative action and equal employment opportunity will be
realized in all personnel employment decisions, including
recruitment application for employment, hiring,
compensation, training, promotion, and termination.

·         All policies, procedures, privileges, and conditions of the
University will follow and incorporate applicable affirmative
action and equal opportunity rules and regulations.

The above stated policies are intended to be broad on behalf of the protected groups and the goals of Worcester State University.

Related Links
  You Are Not Alone
  WSU Hiring Procedures
  BHE Equal Opportunity Policy
  EEO Affirmative Action Policies
  WSU CORI Policy
  Detailed CORI Information
  WSU Student Code of Conduct
  WSU Student Handbook
  VAWA Act Bill S.47
  VAWA Summary of New Law Requirements
  Bill of Campus SaVE Act
  U.S. Dept. of Education Handbook for Campus Safety & Security

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