Student workers have the same rights under Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines as other Southern Oregon University Employees. Affirmative Action and equal employment opportunity are more than a mere response to legal requirements imposed by the federal government - they are a moral responsibility.  At Southern Oregon University, we accept this responsibility with sensitivity and diligence as we strive to make our university a place where each person can work, live, and learn in an environment free from discrimination.

The University administers its policies and programs without regard for race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin, martial, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.  Through Affirmative Action, we affirm our commitment to maintain equal employment opportunity for all people.  The university’s goals are developed to ensure that this commitment is manifested in all aspects of employment including advertisement, recruitment, selection, promotion, demotion, transfer, tenure, compensation and selection or training.  Students are provided access to educational opportunities, financial assistance, and social and recreational programs that are free from bias.

Managers and supervisors are aware that complete cooperation is expected in the execution of Affirmative Action goals.  Their efforts to achieve a work force where minorities, females and protected class individuals are represented equitably are recognized as one criterion on which performance evaluation is based.  Supervisors and managers are responsible for maintaining an atmosphere that (1) fosters fair evaluations; (2) condemns sexual and racial harassment; and (3) promotes opportunity for achievement and advancement.

Anyone desiring information regarding the University’s affirmative action program should contact Human Resource Services at 541-552-8553.