The University of Arkansas supports equal employment and affirmative action in hiring decisions, and the Chancellor affirms this commitment in seeking to achieve diversity among employees. In order to further the effective practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and hiring initiatives, the university has adopted specific recruitment and hiring procedures.
As a federal contractor, the University of Arkansas is required to engage in affirmative outreach and other efforts to broaden the pool of qualified applicants to include groups previously excluded from consideration. Equal employment opportunity ensures individuals the right to be treated on a non-discriminatory basis. Affirmative action is a set of positive steps the employer uses to promote access and opportunity, and to eliminate discrimination. Unlike equal opportunity, affirmative action is a proactive concept that implies aggressive, vigorous, and systematic activities to achieve equality and equity for all.
Role of OEOC
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance (OEOC) monitors the university staff and faculty recruitment processes to ensure that all applicants receive equitable consideration, the university's efforts in hiring members of underrepresented groups are strengthened, and the required documentation of good faith efforts to achieve equal opportunity and placement goals are maintained.
OEOC's role is to:
- Assist and advise search committees, applicant reviewers, hiring officials and others on employment equity practices and principles;
- Review essential functions and physical demands in order to comply with the nondiscrimination in employment requirements of the ADA.
- Review postings to make sure they are welcoming and contain no discriminatory language or inferences;
- Review and approve pro-active recruitment plans, to ensure that they are broad, expansive, and designed to generate an inclusive applicant pool;
- Conduct compliance reviews to ensure that all applicants were afforded equitable consideration at each stage of the recruitment process and that appropriate processes and procedures were adhered to, ensuring there are no barriers to equal opportunity.
If you have any questions about the recruitment process or to be added to the OEOC Listserv, feel free to contact the office: (479) 575-4019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.