Searches Protocol

1. Position Description

Develop a position description that carefully reflects the needs of the position. When determining the essential qualifications, consider:

What other reporting options and/or resources are available?



You can report to EOAA by:

  • Scheduling an appointment with an EOAA representative.  Please call (612) 624-9547 or email  We can provide the best assistance by meeting in person or scheduling a telephone call.

           Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

274 McNamara Alumni Center

Definition: Nepotism and Consensual Relations

In a community as large as the University of Minnesota, it is inevitable that close personal relationships will exist among its members, often of a familial or a sexual and/or romantic nature. If the non-familial sexual and/or romantic relationships are truly voluntary and consensual, they are not sexual harassment. Nonetheless they may raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

Definition: Equal Opportunity

“The University shall...provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

Adopted by the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, September 7, 1995 (Amended July 8, 2009)

Veteran Status Discrimination

The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA), as amended, prohibits discrimination and requires affirmative action in all employment practices for the following categories of protected veterans:

Definition: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

University of Minnesota policy, as well as state law, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Minnesota Human Rights Act defines sexual orientation as:

“Sexual orientation means having or being perceived as having an emotional, physical, or sexual attachment to another person without regard to the sex of that person, or having or being perceived as having an orientation for such an attachment, or having or being perceived as having a self-image or identity not traditionally associated with one’s biological maleness or femaleness.”

Definition: Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as follows: 

Definition: Religion and Creed Discrimination

The University may not discriminate in any aspect of the work or educational environment on the basis of religion or creed. Religion and creed can have the same or equivalent meaning. They include all religious and spiritual observances, practices, and sincerely held beliefs.

Definition: Race and Color Discrimination

Race discrimination is defined as unfair treatment of an individual based on characteristics traditionally associated with race, such as skin color, hair texture, and facial features. It also includes making decisions or taking adverse actions against an employee or student because of preconceived negative assumptions, biases, or judgments concerning race or color.


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