Equity refers to fair employment practices and equal opportunity employment. Workplace equity is a legal requirement for employers subject to federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment.
Affirmative Action refers to employment programs designed to remedy discriminatory practices in hiring minority group members; i.e., positive steps designed to eliminate past and present discrimination in the hiring process.
The function of equity and affirmative action includes:
- Accommodation and/or Discrimination: Address questions, requests, concerns, and complaints from faculty, staff members, and student employees if they or someone they know is experiencing discrimination or need accommodation based on race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, parental status, marital status, disability, etc.
- Students contact the Dean of Students (when the issue is not involving employment at UWSP).
- Affirmative Action Program: A copy of the Affirmative Action Program for Women and Minorities and a separate Affirmative Action Program for Veterans and the Disabled is available in our office. The Affirmative Action Program contains information specific to the UWSP campus including:
- Who is responsible for monitoring and implementing the Affirmative Action Program;
- The progress report, including trends on who has been hired and promoted, and the identification of problem areas;
- Discrimination and non-discrimination guidelines; and procedures for addressing affirmative action complaints.
- Training and programs: Offer training in diversity, sexual harassment, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and other compliance topics.
- Employment: Assist with the recruiting process and monitor placements, transfers, promotions, and terminations at all levels to ensure that non-discriminatory policies are carried out.
Learn more about equity and affirmative action by choosing the equity and affirmative action tabs within the banner on the left.
Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training:
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) is committed to fostering an environment that is safe, respectful, and inclusive to all and to educate all employees on these important issues. In addition, we are obligated, under Regent policy and federal regulations, to ensure our employees are informed on the issues of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.
For detailed information visit the Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention webpage.
Responding and Reporting a Concern:
UW-Stevens Point investigates and responds to complaints of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on a case-by-case basis. For details to respond and report a concern visit the Report a Concern webpage.