Affirmative Action

The University of Memphis is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment. The Affirmative Action Program is organized in compliance with several federal and state laws, executive orders and implementing regulations. As a federal contractor, the University is required to have a written affirmative action compliance program. The program must include identification and analysis of problem areas, the establishment of goals and timetables, and specific result-oriented action items designed to attain goals.

Who is responsible for implementation of the affirmative action plans?
All department chairs, directors, administrative officers, deans, and executive officers are individually responsible for supervising the implementation of the Affirmative Action Plans in their respective areas.

The President of the University bears ultimate administrative responsibility for the implementation of the Affirmative Action Plans.

A copy of the affirmative action program, including specific responsibilities and provisions for implementation and compliance, will be made available to any employee who requests it.

Affirmative Action Plan for Equal Employment Opportunity of Women and Minorities
It is the policy and intent of The University of Memphis to provide equal opportunity in employment to all persons. The University of Memphis hereby emphasizes its commitment to equal opportunities for all individuals and provides a program of affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunity for such persons. This policy applies to all phases of the personnel process, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, transfer, training, compensation, all other employment terms, conditions, and benefits, discipline and separation; and the policy applies to all locations within the University and to the use of all its facilities.

To implement the declaration of policy herein, the University insures that all applicants for employment and all faculty and staff are aware of the location of the University's affirmative action policy. The policy is widely disseminated inside and outside the University. Further, the University will consider, through a designated grievance procedure, the complaints of any person who feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or Vietnam/disabled veteran status.

Affirmative Action Plan for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, Disabled Veterans and Vietnam Veterans
It is the policy and intent of The University of Memphis to provide equal opportunity in employment to all persons as provided in the equal employment opportunity policy. The University of Memphis hereby emphasizes its commitment to equal opportunities for applicants and employees with disabilities, including disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era and provides a program of affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunity for such persons. It is the policy of The University of Memphis to make reasonable accommodations to the physically and mentally disabled applicants and employees throughout the personnel process. The extent of reasonable accommodation will be determined by consideration of efficient operation of the organization and feasible financial costs, as well as the needs of a disabled employee or prospective employee. This policy applies to all phases of the personnel process including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, transfer, training, compensation, all other employment terms, conditions and benefits, discipline and separation. The policy applies to all locations within the University and to the use of all of its facilities.

To implement the declaration of policy herein, the University has provided an opportunity for presently employed disabled persons, including disabled veterans, to so identify themselves. Applicants for employment are advised of the University's affirmative action policy and are invited to identify disability conditions. Veterans of the Vietnam era are identified by reference to military service dates on the University's New Employee Self-Identification forms. Additionally, each year, employees have the opportunity to identify disability, disabled or Vietnam veteran status. The policy will be widely disseminated both inside and outside the University. Further through designated grievance procedures, the University will consider the complaints of any person who feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of disability or Vietnam/disabled veteran status.