BOV-017: Equal Employment Opportunity

Date: 11/12/1994 Status: Final
Policy Type: Board of Visitors
Oversight Executive: President of the University
Applies To: Academic Division, Medical Center, and the College at Wise
Table of Contents:

Policy Statement

Reason for Policy:

The Board of Visitors adopted the Governor’s statement on Equal Opportunity as presented in Executive Order Number 1 (94), dated January 15, 1994, as University policy.

Definition of Terms in Statement:
  • Terms:

    There are no terms that require definition.

Policy Statement:


RESOLVED that the following statement of the Governor of Virginia identified as Executive Order Number 1 (94), dated the 15th day of January, 1994, be and it is hereby adopted as an official policy of the University of Virginia:

Executive Order Number 1 (94)

  • It is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government.
  • This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, or political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.
  • State appointing authorities and other management principals are hereby directed to take affirmative measures, as determined by the Director, Department of Personnel and Training, to emphasize the recruitment of qualified minorities, women, disabled persons, and older Virginians to serve at all levels of state government. This directive does not permit or require the lowering of bona fide job requirements, performance standards, or qualifications to give preference to any state employee or applicant for state employment.
  • Allegations of violations of this policy shall be brought to the attention of the Office of Equal Employment Services of the Department of Personnel and Training. No state appointing authority, other management principals, or supervisors shall take retaliatory actions against persons making such allegations.
  • Any state employee found in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

A complaint may be filed with the University’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights by any present or former employee of the University, student, applicant for admission or employment, or participant in a University program or activity, who believes (s)he has been discriminated against or harassed in violation of this Policy.  Any such complaint must be filed within 300 calendar days of the incident. [See Preventing and Addressing Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaint Procedures and Complaint Form.]

Related Information:

HRM-009, Preventing & Addressing Discrimination and Harassment
HRM-010, Preventing and Addressing Retaliation

Policy Background:

Reference: Adoption of the Governor’s Statement on Equal Employment Opportunity as University Policy, BOV minutes November 11, 1994, pg. 4957.

Major Category: Board of Visitors
Category Cross Reference: Human Resource Management
Approved by, Date: Board of Visitors, 11/12/1994